Started in 2017 as the Beltline Urban Murals Project, the community-led, artist-focused initiative has exploded to become a city-wide street art festival 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 and graffiti works on the streets of Calgary.
We believe that public art can enrich communities, create beautiful and captivating places, challenge our ideas, provoke discussion and add beauty to the everyday. This vision will continue to expand this year in the 2022 BUMP Festival celebrating art, music and community. BUMP celebrates the diversity, talent and vibrant character of the Beltline through works of art that are thought-provoking, whimsical, awe-inspiring, creative and powerful. We believe that art belongs in public and buildings are the best canvasses.
Since its inception in 2017, BUMP has enriched the character of the Beltline with over 100 murals that capture the imagination of residents and visitors in a celebration of the visual arts.
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-focused thinkers who have a history of working to foster more robust and diverse art spaces in this city review the applications to develop an artist shortlist for the Festival. The process spans hours of meetings and includes a jury scoring system and a process of voting.
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.