Submissions now being accepted for the 27th annual Street Banner Contest
13 August 2019
It may not get you on the walls on the Louvre or even the Richmond Art Gallery, but it will guarantee you an audience and everlasting fame in the City of Richmond.
Once again, the City of Richmond is inviting artists of all ages and abilities to show their talents and submit entries to the annual Street Banner Contest. The contest, now in its 27th year, is looking for creative, visually-appealing art that celebrates Richmond’s diversity, landscapes, activities and unique experiences.
Submissions, which can encompass a range of artistic mediums including photography, graphic design, painting, print making and collage, must reflect one of the following Richmond themes:
- Island City
- The Arts
- City Centre
- Active Living
One design will be chosen that represents each theme, with the 10 winners having their creative genius turned into approximately 100 street banners each that will be installed throughout Richmond’s downtown core, on walking paths and on main gateways leading in and out of the city. The banners will be displayed for one year beginning in February 2020.
A community volunteer judging panel will initially select up to 20 designs as semi-finalists, with the final judging taken to a public vote. All semi-finalist designs will be posted on the City of Richmond’s Facebook page and City’s webpage where the community will be invited to pick their favourite designs. This year, and for the first time, all contest entries will be displayed at the Minoru Centre for Active Living for viewing until mid-November.
Contest winners will receive a $300 honorarium along with a full-sized banner featuring their winning submission. More importantly, they will be able to direct their friends, families, colleagues and visitors to look skyward, point to their award-winning banner and say proudly “That was me!”
Submissions will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 9.
For complete contest rules and guidelines, visit www.richmond.ca/banners.
Richmond’s Street Banner Contest is part of the broader Partners for Beautification Program, which invites community members to become actively involved in the beautification of their city.
For more information on Partners for Beautification, visit www.richmond.ca/parks/about/beautification.