Brantford Public Library Mural Project: Call for Applicants
Green space – Children’s Area The Brantford Public Library invites muralists to submit their credentials, examples of prior...


Green space – Children’s Area

The Brantford Public Library invites muralists to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and a design proposal for the development and execution of indoor murals, as part of the Library’s Children’s Area Upgrade project.

There are two separate sites in the Library’s children’s area at 173 Colborne St. Artists are able to submit proposals for both sites either as two separate projects, or one cohesive project. Both sites may be awarded to one artist or artist collective, or each site may be awarded to different artists or artist collectives.

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Site 1: South Wall

  • 21 ft wide x 3 ft high = 63 sqft
  • Budget: $5,000


Site/Mural 1

Site 2: East Wall

  • 24 ft wide x 7 ft high = 238 sqft
  • Budget: $15,000


Site/Mural 2

Project overview and design parameters

Brantford Public Library prides itself in being a lifelong learning institution where children start their learning journey. In February 2020, the Library will complete the Children’s Area Upgrade project at the Main Branch. The intended audience is children ages 0-12. No specific age group is the target within that range.

The artwork must exhibit specific themes. “Brantford’s Natural Heritage” and one of the other two themes described below must be included in order to be considered. The artist will determine how they would like to incorporate the themes.

  • BRANTFORD’S NATURAL HERITAGE – Brantford has many beautiful outdoor spaces. BPL would like to see that brought into the children’s space as a way to entice children to explore their surroundings.
  • THE MANY ROLES OF A LIBRARY – Within their communities, libraries take on many different roles. Each person can find something valuable at each stage of their life.
  • THE START OF A JOURNEY – Libraries are often the first step of a child’s lifelong learning journey. As babies and toddlers, caregivers bring their children for storytime.

Proposals for Site 2 must include an interactive element that should:

  • be able to have participation from multiple users at the same time
  • work without significantly altering the site
  • be limited to within 2 feet in front of the mural

The artwork must adhere to the following design parameters:

  • be an indoor mural installation, suitable for exhibition in a public space
  • be appropriate for the site in scale, execution, materials and creativity
  • must not promote violence, hatred or contempt against any group on the basis of colour, race, ancestry, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, language or disability
  • must not promote particular religious or partisan political views
  • must not include business names/logos, branded tags, acronyms, or any commercial advertising

During the execution of the project, the Library’s children’s area must remain open. The artist is responsible for all project costs including travel, materials, and equipment. Both Sites are accessible.

Estimated Timeline

The Library reserves the right to modify these dates as required.

  • Submission deadline – March 1, 2020 (11:59 pm)
  • Final selection – March 27, 2020
  • Design development/production/fabrication – Beginning April 2020
  • Installation Complete – May 15, 2020


Successful applicants must demonstrate the professional capacity to oversee the design, implementation and production of a mural project for the Brantford Public Library.

City of Brantford Employees or Elected Officials are not eligible to apply. In order to be eligible for this competition, entrants must be 18 years of age or older.

Selection process

A jury selected by Brantford Public Library will review all applications submitted. Library staff representatives are involved as non-voting members.

Applications will be assessed based on qualifications, experience, and proposed artwork. The jury will use the following criteria:

  • Letter of Intent (10%) – Artist’s vision, approach and insight is appropriate for the project.
  • Artist qualifications (25%) – Professional experience demonstrates ability to execute this project within budget and deadline.
  • Artistic excellence (25%) – Examples of Artist’s past work reflect relevance, innovation, originality and skilled technique.
  • Proposed artwork (40%)– Themes are recognizable and child-friendly. Artwork is original, relevant and appropriate for the space. Site 2 artwork has an interactive element as described in design parameters. Artwork will have a lasting impact with little maintenance.

Submission Requirements

Brantford Public Library will only accept electronically submitted applications formatted as a single PDF to zozols@brantfordlibrary.caDeadline to apply is Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Submission must be sent in a single PDF and contain:

  1. Letter of intent (1 page maximum, 12 point font, single spaced), please include:
    • artistic approach and vision for this project
    • your interpretation of the themes and how you plan to incorporate them into the artwork
    • outline of experience creating public art for children
    • confirmation of your availability to undertake this project within specified timeline
    • which site(s) you are applying for
  2. Resume/Curriculum vitae for each person who will be part of the project (3 page maximum per CV, 12 point font, single spaced)
  3. Visual images and documentation list (3 minimum/10 maximum): Digital images of past work demonstrating your qualifications for this project. At least 2 of these images should be of similar scale and scope to the artwork being proposed. Include a documentation list to support visual images. Include title of work, medium, approx. dimensions, budget, location and date. Include contact information for 3 references.
  4. Visual images of proposed artwork: Digital images that show the artwork you intend to produce. Description of materials and equipment to be used, as well as any impact on site(s) and children’s area during and after project completion. For Site 2, digital images or diagrams clearly demonstrating interactivity and thorough explanation of interactive element(s) and additional requirements for interactivity.

Application deadline

All submissions are due on or before Sunday, March 1 at 11:59 pm.

Submissions should be formatted as a single PDF.

Incomplete applications or those received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Application materials will not be returned.


If you have any questions about this opportunity please contact:
Zile Ozols – Manager, Programming and Outreach
Brantford Public Library
519-756-2220 x. 3314