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Call for Proposals: Animal Imagery for the North Shore Culture Compass
North Shore Culture Compass
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2021

Submissions Due by January 31, 2021   |       Artist Contract Fee: $6,000
We are seeking a local First Nations artist to create visual representations of animals for the North Shore Culture Compass. The images will enhance the listing on the North Shore Culture Compass that includes name, description, phonetic pronunciation, and audio file (for pronunciation) for each animal. Working with the Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation in creating this online map, we understand that ‘place’ is significant from an Indigenous perspective, and recognize that place provides a sense of belonging, community, and identity, and that animals are a very important part of place.
The selected artist will create visual representations of approximately 30 animals including birds, supernatural beings, and creatures who are in stories, who live in the North Shore mountains, who share the land on the traditional territory of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. The list includes, but is not limited to: bear, bee, dragonfly, eagle, hawk, hummingbird, killer whale, otter, sea eagle, octopus, wolf, wolverine, salmon, butterfly, sasquatch, deer, cougar, frog, beaver, mountain goat, skunk, racoon, duck, snake, spider, seal, raven, heron, lingcod.
Artists of Squamish and/or Tsleil-Waututh ancestry.  As the North Shore region is the focus of the Culture Compass map, the artist selected to create these animal images will be contributing to animal history and stories connected to this place.
Send to culturecompass@northvanarts.ca:

  • artist statement/expression of interest
  • artist biography/cv
  • 5-10 sample images (to represent your style/work – we do not expect animal images to be created for this proposal, but animal images already created may be included)

January 31, 2021 – deadline for submissions
February, 26, 2021 – artist selected
June 1, 2021 – images received
format required – high resolution digital image (300 dpi jpg or png) each image 600px x 400px OR 400px x 400px. 50% fee paid at selection, 50% paid on completion
Artist will be credited in each animal listing where the image is used on the North Shore Culture Compass.  Copyright of commissioned works will belong to the artist. The artist will grant license to North Van Arts and the North Shore Culture Compass to use images and documentation that may be included in outreach and fundraising activities related to the Culture Compass.



About the North Shore Culture Compass
North Shore Culture Compass is a free online map that visualizes the rich cultural offerings of the North Shore. Conveniently accessible on desktop and mobile, this comprehensive navigational tool features key information about regional points of cultural interest. The Culture Compass encourages residents, tourists, local businesses and organizations, and event planners to connect with the heritage and stories of the North Shore.
The Culture Compass is searchable by keyword and 10 distinct category filters: Creative & Cultural Industries, Cultural & Natural Heritage, Cultural Spaces & Facilities, Cultural Organizations, Festivals & Events, First Nations, Intangibles & Stories, Public Art, Public Institutions, and Service Organizations.
As a community resource, the Culture Compass increases the user’s collective awareness of the North Shore’s cultural core — including the First Nations and diverse communities — promoting social engagement, new community interactions, and an understanding of what makes our shared home unique.
About the First Nations Map / Category
We are privileged to work with the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in creating this map.
This category showcases the First Nations – our land, our history, our stories – to share with everyone, to honour our ancestors and how we walk on the land. We welcome people to our territory and share the importance of honouring the land, holding hands and walking the trails. Rebecca Duncan Tsitsayxemaat
Frequently we are humbled by the passion, dedication, and commitment toward presenting the land in a manner that respects the history of the original occupants and in a manner that acknowledges the reconciliation currently taking place in our combined nations.
Michelle Richard, Culture Compass Coordinator, michelle@northvanarts.ca   |  604.988.6844                
Rebecca Duncan (Tsitsayxemaat),  Squamish Nation, Cultural Consultant,  supersqua70@yahoo.ca   
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