Art in Public Places policy gets updated

Changes like one submission per artist are a few coming to the Art in Public Places policy.
Changes like one submission per artist are a few coming to the Art in Public Places policy.

During a recent council meeting, elected officials put in place a few changes the city will be making to its Art in Public Places policy.

The changes to the policy are as follows:

  • A limit of one submission per artist;
  • Capping the annual lease amount at $500 per artwork;  and
  • All submitted artwork will be available for sale, with 70 per cent of all sales going directly to the artist. A 30 per cent sales commission will go directly into the City of Nelson’s public art reserve fund to assist in funding the continuation of the Art Rental program.

“It’s clear they are trying to make the dollars go further,” said Coun. Michael Dailly.

In 2016 the Cultural Development Commission (CDC), in partnership with the City of Nelson, piloted the Art Rental Program, whereby artwork from local/regional artists was leased annually by the City of Nelson and displayed within City Hall.

“This program proved very popular when we piloted it last year, with over 150 applications from the talented artists we have here in the Kootenays,” said City Councillor Valerie Warmington inn a city media release.

“Artists are paid an annual lease fee for the artwork that we display, and I’m excited that through these initiatives we are able to support and promote the growth of public art in Nelson.”

The CDC received 175 applications from 50 artists. The entries were adjudicated by the public art-working group, and 16 works were chosen and installed in April.

Monthly rental fees were based on three per cent of the estimated sales value of the piece. The cost of the 2017 Art Rental program is anticipated to be between $5,000 and $6,000, since lease fees will be capped at $500 annually per artwork. The cost of the 2016 program was approximately $7,000.

The costs will be covered by the public art reserve fund, which generates approximately $5,000 annually. Estimated revenue generation from any sales is anticipated to be between $500 and $2,500 annually.

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2017. Applicants are asked to provide electronic images of their pieces, along with the medium, dimensions, value and artist bio.

All artwork must be suitably framed and ready for hanging. Larger-sized paintings are recommended due to the nature of the space they will inhabit. Submissions will be adjudicated by the CDC’s Public Art Working Group.

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