Started in 2017 as the Beltline Urban Murals Project, the community-led, artist-focused BUMP Festival has exploded to become a city-wide street art movement reimagining public spaces through the visual arts and expanding the capacity of the local arts community. A diverse jury selects from among local, national and international artists for the BUMP Festival’s annual exhibition of new mural, Road Works and graffiti works in Calgary.
We believe that public art can enrich communities, create beautiful and captivating places, provoke conversation and add beauty to the everyday. To date, the BUMP Festival has transformed Calgary with over 180+ public art installations capturing the imagination of residents and visitors in a celebration of the arts and community.
To create accessible public art that uplifts communities across Calgary.
To transform Calgary into an expansive, open-air contemporary visual art gallery that drives a thriving local arts community.
We create art that is experienced by all.
Diversity and inclusion
We are inclusive of the diversity of Calgary and the traditional lands of the Treaty 7 First Nations.
We foster community connection through public art.
We celebrate creative liberty and exploration.
We facilitate artistic growth and development.
We seek to reimagine more vibrant public spaces.
The BUMP Festival’s annual call for artists draws hundreds of submissions from around the world. A jury composed of a diverse cross section of local artists, members of various Alberta arts entities and community-leaders review the applications to develop an artist shortlist for the Festival. Due to the volume of applications we receive each year, artists are long listed and short listed internally before we decide on our final festival programming. Our jury is committed to looking at every single application to the BUMP Festival and to present a diversity of artists, styles, origins and experience.
We honour and acknowledge the Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy (including the Siksika, Kainai, Piikani First Nations), as well as the Îyâxe (Stoney) Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations), and Tsuut’ina First Nation.
We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.
Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.