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Artists encouraged to submit design for gala award

There are only a few days left to submit design proposals to create the award used in the Mayor's Gala for the Arts
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KAMLOOPS — If you’d like to see your art gifted to inspiring artists in the city, consider applying to create the trophy award for the upcoming Mayor’s Gala for the Arts.

The event committee is requesting original design proposals from artists who can design and develop three-dimensional sculptures to be presented as the awards on the ceremony Jan. 30.

Materials can be wood, clay, glass, copper or more. As part of application process, artists from the Thompson Nicola Regional District can supply drawings or miniature versions of their piece. Proposals do not have to be completed artwork. The deadline to submit is Aug. 31.

If commissioned, the artist will be required to make three awards and will receive $450 per piece.

The purpose of the gala and award ceremony is to recognize local artists and increase visibility to the area. The three categories for nominees are: Business in support of the arts, emerging artist and craft and design.

According to the gala’s website, the chosen design must be an original piece of art that will be exclusively used for the gala. It must represent the arts as ‘integral to our community’s identity and vitality. It must have a presence, but not be overwhelming and has to be strong enough to be handled frequently. The award will be made from long-lasting materials and must be reproducible to be awarded at following award galas. It is not to exceed five pounds.

The gala to recognize artists is a collaborative partnership between the city’s art gallery, symphony and Western Canada Theatre.

To submit your proposal, you may email it to Kaitlin Methot or drop it off in person at 6-510 Lorne Street.

For more information on the application and on the event, visit

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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