City of St. John's seeking mural artist

Published on July 9, 2014

The City of St. John's is looking for an artist to design and complete a new mural in downtown St. John’s.

The city said in a news release today, the mural will be painted on the walls of each side of the steps, extending up from Duckworth Street to Victoria Street. The mural will also extend to the Duckworth Street-facing retaining walls, bordering a space currently used by Resource Centre for the Arts for billboards.

According to the city, the selected artist will work with a committee of community members, members of the arts community, city council members and staff to fine tune a concept that will reflect the rich history of performing arts in the area, including the LSPU Hall and Resource Centre for the Arts.

The city has contracted artists to design and complete several murals throughout St. John’s since 2005. Coun. Sandy Hickman, chairman of the city's arts advisory committee, said he's pleased that this project will be adding yet more public art to our streets.

“These murals showcase our local artists and the heritage of our city, and engage residents and visitors with art,” Hickman said. “They also help make our city more vibrant and have been shown to reduce unwanted vandalism.”

The deadline to submit proposals for the mural project is 4 p.m. on July 21, with work to be completed over the summer and early fall.

A complete request for proposals package is available on the city’s website in the “forms” section or by emailing