Nanaimo seeks artists for city’s 150th anniversary street banners

Nanaimo seeks artists for city’s 150th anniversary street banners
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The 2023 Nanaimo street banner designs by Sebastian Abboud are shown.

The City of Nanaimo is seeking artists, both amateur and professional, to come forward and submit designs for its street banners in recognition of the city’s 150th anniversary.

The city says it was the sixth municipality to be incorporated in British Columbia in 1874.

To mark the city’s 150th anniversary in 2024, Nanaimo is accepting applications for new street banner designs, which should prominently include the number “150.”

Applicants must live in B.C. but do not need to have any prior art experience.

The city suggests limiting the design’s colour palette to five colours, with more specific guidelines available on the City of Nanaimo website.

“When considering the artistic direction and theme of your overall banner design, we ask you to consider what meaning Nanaimo holds for you as a city and as home,” reads the city’s website.

“You might contemplate what makes Nanaimo unique, what makes it a destination of choice, and what artistic choices might capture and/or reflect positive associations and memories of our community.”

The winning artist will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the city will cover the costs of printing and hanging all the banners, which will be on display along main roads in downtown Nanaimo.

Applications can be filled out online at the city’s website, and close at 4 p.m. on Oct. 23.

“Every spring we look forward to the Street Banner program brightening our city streets but next year, our city’s 150th is extra special,” said Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog in a release Monday.

“As we watch the banners appear, we celebrate our local artists and the opportunity to showcase their talents.”

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