Pro­pos­als re­quested for new Indige­nous art at UNBC

The Prince George Citizen - - Local - Cit­i­zen staff

UNBC is seek­ing B.C.-based Indige­nous artists to cre­ate a per­ma­nent, pub­lic art in­stal­la­tion to wel­come vis­i­tors to its Prince Ge­orge cam­pus.

“Indige­nous art is about cel­e­brat­ing Indige­nous peo­ples, cul­tures, and con­tri­bu­tions,” says Zoë Meletis, a fac­ulty mem­ber on sev­eral com­mit­tees that have been push­ing for a new prom­i­nent piece of Indige­nous art at UNBC.

“Hav­ing Indige­nous art is an amaz­ing source of knowl­edge, his­tory, rep­re­sen­ta­tion, and in­spi­ra­tion.”

A to­tal of $20,000 is avail­able to the artist, or artist-led team, to cover all the costs of the cre­ation, trans­port, and in­stal­la­tion of the art project. The art­work can be tra­di­tional or con­tem­po­rary, and range from dif­fer­ent forms in­clud­ing paint­ing, carv­ing, statue, sculp­ture, in­ter­ac­tive, per­for­mance, or dig­i­tal art piece.

“BC-based Indige­nous artists at any stage of their ca­reer with any pre­ferred medium can ap­ply,” says Meletis.

“The com­mit­tee pur­posely did this to at­tract di­verse pro­pos­als. We could get a new ma­jes­tic piece along the lines of some of the more tra­di­tion­ally in­spired works in the halls of UNBC, or we could soon be host­ing a video per­for­mance, a large graf­fiti-style piece, or a pop-art in­flu­enced in­stal­la­tion. “Ei­ther way, it’s ex­cit­ing that we will have a new piece of con­tem­po­rary Indige­nous art to ap­pre­ci­ate, whether we’re show­ing a guest around cam­pus, teach­ing a class gath­ered around it, or re­flect­ing upon it with friends.”

Fur­ther de­tails are avail­able in the re­quest for pro­pos­als, avail­able on UNBC’s Abo­rig­i­nal Re­source Dati page. ‘Dati’ means ‘door­way’ in Dakelh First Na­tion lan­guage.

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