Mural Request for Qualifications and Proposal


The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is looking for artistic entries for a public mural. The intent of this project is to enhance the Rossland Cenotaph public area in downtown Rossland. The mural theme of peace and commemoration will be symbolized by a field of poppies and local wild flowers. The painting will exemplify Canada’s commitment to world peace while commemorating the Rosslanders who gave their lives in service during WWI, WWII and Korea. The mural will provide both an artistic enhancement to the downtown core and educational opportunity in the community of Rossland.

Request for Qualifications and Project Proposal

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) is seeking an artist or team of artists to create mural artwork to be installed on the East wall of the heritage-listed Lalonde & Rodier Block, at 2132 Columbia Ave., Rossland, BC. The mural will enhance the Cenotaph War Memorial public area near the Rossland Public Library. This area is used as a ceremonial gathering place to commemorate Remembrance Day. The theme of peace will be symbolized by a field of poppies interspersed with wildflowers of the local West Kootenay region. The mural art will be painted on 8 separate 4’x 8’ panels, prepared to endure 10 years or more of winter weather, and mounted together to create a 8’x 32’ wall mural.


Painted mural symbolizing world peace through flowers

Artist Eligibility

Local artists, with fixed address, residing in the Columbia Basin Area for at least one year. Demonstrated experience with comparable mural projects of a similar scale.


The proposal will include drawings (to scale) based on design concepts provided by RCAC and a budget breakdown. This will include artist’s fees, a list of materials, delivery of materials and installation costs and schedule. The timeline will relate a project start on June 1st and completion on September 31st 2019. The submission must be emailed or mailed to RCAC. Artist qualifications and proposals will be juried by a selection committee appointed by RCAC to determine the finalist.

Deadline: 5:00 pm PST, March 3, 2019.

Budget: Up to $7,000 Canadian Dollars (including all materials and labour)

Soliciting Organization: Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC)

Contact Info: Renate Fleming, Vice-President:


Full Scope of Request for Qualifications and Proposal

Site Location and Dimensions The public mural panels will be mounted on the exterior East wall of L.J. van der Ham and Associates’ office building at 2132 Columbia Ave, Rossland, BC. The dimensions will be 8’ high x 32’ wide. The mural will be centred and mounted over Hardy Plank siding 18” to 24” above ground level. A rain guard will require 32’ of aluminium flashing across the top of the mural with matching colour to window casings. Refer to attached sketch.

Artwork Concept and Suggested Materials

The theme of peace and commemoration will be symbolized by a field of poppies interspersed with wildflowers of the local Kootenay area. Refer to the provided sketch and reference list of local wildflowers. It is suggested that the number of wildflowers painted could symbolize the 45 names commemorated on the Cenotaph War Memorial. The mural will be painted on 8 separate 4’x 8’ panels, either prepared OSB furniture grade 5/8” plywood or prepared 6 mm (1/4’) ACM aluminium composite material, and mounted together to create a 8’x 32’ wall mural. The substrate and painting must have at least a 10 year lifespan in the harsh winter climate of Rossland. It is suggested that wood substrate edging be sealed with epoxy and 3 layers of primer applied; ACM should be prepared with a self-etching primer and a final acrylic primer prior to mural acrylic paint. A clear, non-yellowing, waterproof top coat polymer should be applied for mural protection. All submitted artwork needs to be original, created in Canada and cannot have been used elsewhere in a different context. The concept interpretation is at the artist’s discretion.

Selection Criteria

An artist submission must meet the eligibility qualifications.

The Proposal consisting of appropriate designs, drawings, budget and schedule and all other written and visual support data submitted to RCAC by the deadline will be juried by a selection committee appointed by RCAC. The finalist will have their painted mural displayed on a feature outdoor building wall adjacent to the Cenotaph War Memorial public space used in the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony.


Local Artists with Canadian Citizenship (or those with landed immigrant status) residing in the Columbia Basin Area for at least one year.


An agreement will be signed between the chosen artist and RCAC once the necessary funds have been secured to proceed with the project.

Copyright and Ownership

Copyright, including any and all drawings, designs, images, is the property of the Artist. RCAC shall own the mural upon installation and final payment to the Artist.

Artist Qualifications and Proposal – please submit in standard 8.5×11” format

  1. Provide your name, address, telephone number and email address or that of a principal contact.
  2. The proposal must contain both explanatory text and drawings.
  3. Provide an artist biography including experience with comparable projects of a similar scale. Include 3 images of previous related artwork.
  4. Provide the artist concept interpretation of the RCAC’s suggested peace theme symbolized by poppies and native wildflowers. Describe your concept with reference to the drawings explaining the theme expressed by the artwork and their relationship to the setting and the intended visual legacy. Include up to three drawings, not to exceed a dimension of 11”x17” each, at a scale that best illustrates the proposed mural and wall space of 8’x32’.
  5. Provide the proposed budget breakdown, which includes all materials, materials delivery, artists fees, panel installation and rain guard. Note that the proposed budget is a total budget inclusive of all taxes.  
  6. Provide a work schedule which includes estimated project start of July 1st and project completion on site of Sept 30th 2019.

Finalist Selection and Review Process

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture will appoint a Selection Jury to evaluate proposals on the basis of the selection criteria. The RCAC Jury may seek input from City staff, City Council, the owner of the building, The Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 14, Rossland Heritage Committee, and technical experts in evaluating the submissions. The Committee may select a short list for further evaluation, or at its discretion may decide to enter into negotiations with one artist. The finalist will be notified by email and phone after March 10th, 2019, and may be requested to submit a more detailed proposal for further evaluation. The finalist will be required to enter into a contract with Rossland Council for Arts and Culture. The mural project is subject to funding and the RCAC may not proceed with awarding the contract until funding is in place, and all stakeholders are satisfied with the proposal.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The submission includes all elements required as noted in Artist Qualifications and Proposal. These include artist qualification, concept understanding and drawings, budget, schedule as per the specifications required by this competition.
  • Creative merit of the proposed artwork, both conceptually and visually. Ability of the artwork to engage the public imagination and translate the mural theme and symbolism through the painting.
  • Appropriate scale and composition of the artwork relative to the site. Suitability of the artwork to a public space, including theme, content and design.
  • Suitability of the artist to the project, including quality of previous work, demonstrated ability of the artist to meet project schedules and budget, professionalism, an ability of the artist to interpret the theme according to the RCAC suggestions.
  • Feasibility of the project budget.

Estimated Project Schedule

  • Distributing request for submissions Columbia Basin wide: Feb 11, 2019
  • Deadline for receipt of submissions: March 3, 2019
  • Finalist notification: March 11, 2019
  • Securing grants and funding for the project: May 10 to June 30, 2019
  • Artist is commissioned to commence work: July 1, 2017
  • Mural complete and ready for installation: September 30, 2019

Project Budget

RCAC has established the guidelines, timeframe, budget and site for the implementation and completion of the project and will accept proposals up to $7,000. It is hoped that funding will be secured by July 2019. Projected completion date is September 31, 2019. The project is subject to securing necessary funding.

How To Apply

Please ensure all components of your Request for Qualifications and Project Submission include your name, submission date and time. Submissions should have the title: “Rossland Public Art War Mural Project 2019”.

Delivery of Submissions

Sealed submissions for mail must be postmarked before 5:00 pm PST on March 3, 2019 and mailed to:

Rossland Council for Arts & Culture

Box 405

Rossland, BC V0G 1Y0

Submissions sent via email will not be accepted after 5:00 pm PST on March 3, 2019. Please send to:

Submissions will not be returned to the artist.


1) Cenotaph Mural Conceptual Layout


2) West Kootenay List of Wild Flower Plants.

Here is a list of plants in the Kootenay Lake district. Click on the plant and it will bring you to recorded sites found with photos and description:   

Five possible candidates are suggested below:

  1. a) Yellow avalanche lily:  
  2. b) Subalpine daisy:  

  1. c) Columbia lily:  

  1. d) Oregon Checker mallow:  

e) Long flowered bluebells: