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Hamilton Public Library issues call for artists to submit proposals for massive new mural

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Hamilton Public Library issues call for artists to submit proposals for massive new mural

Rendering of the new Valley Park Library branch expected to open in the Spring of 2022. — Hamilton Public Library

The Hamilton Public Library (HPL) has issued a call for artists to submit proposals for a mural that will be displayed on the outside wall of the new Valley Park Library in Upper Stoney Creek.

“Proposals are encouraged from artists and artist-led teams who have the technical skills to provide the work in a still, digital format,” HPL said in a press release issued Thursday (May 20).

“The proposed art piece should be welcoming and invite a sense of arrival.”

The library, located at 970 Paramount Dr., has been closed since the Fall of 2019 as construction got underway to increase the former facility from its 3,000 sq. ft. to approximately 12,000 square feet.

Upon completion, the building will feature improved energy efficiencies, more windows, higher ceilings, a makers’ space and a number of other new amenities.

The Valley Park Rec Centre is also getting some much-needed upgrades.

The project was originally slated to finish up this Fall, but the pandemic has caused some delays and the building is now expected to open back up in the Spring of 2022.

Mural proposals are asked to be reflective of one or more of the following themes:

  • Art that celebrates and reflects the history and local relevance to the Upper Stoney Creek community.
  • Art that celebrates the local geographic environment and HPL’s commitment to sustainability.

The winning proposal will be awarded $5,000 and HPL said it will be printed onto a series of panels with a total combined length of 14.62m and height of 4.27m.

“The work can be created in any medium but must be provided as high-resolution digital files suitable for large-format printing,” HPL’s website said.

Artists will be selected by a jury through a two-stage process and short-listed applicants completing a stage-two submission will receive $500.

HPL will also be selecting a juror from among members of the community.

The deadline for submissions is June 20, 2021, by 11 p.m. and can be sent to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Valley Park Branch Public Art Mural’.

Residents interested in serving as a juror should email their name, email address, phone number and three reasons why they want to be on the jury to [email protected] by June 20 as well.

For more information, visit the Hamilton Public Library’s website.

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