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2021 Artist Submission Are Now Closed!

Date of Issue: February 15, 2021

Closing Date: March 26, 2021

Closing Time: 6:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time)



The Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP) is an award-winning community-driven project to showcase art, promote tourism, improve the public realm, and build community spirit in Calgary. Now entering its fifth year, BUMP has curated a diverse portfolio of local, national, and international artists who have created eye-catching, inspiring, and beautiful murals in Calgary. The project continues to expand with the month-long 2021 BUMP Festival celebrating art, music, and community this August.


The project celebrates the diversity, talent and vibrant character of the city through works of art that are thought-provoking, whimsical, awe-inspiring, creative and powerful. We believe public art has an important role to play in building community, promoting dialogue and enriching our cultural landscape.


Since its inception in 2017, BUMP been transforming the centre of Calgary into an expansive open-air art gallery:

  • Commissioned over 50 murals celebrating a diversity of local, national and international artists;
  • Awarded the 2019 Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Community Initiative;
  • Gathered thousands of attendees at the annual BUMP Festival;
  • Over 10,000 downloads of our self-guided mural tours in 2020;
  • Showcased outdoor film and live music performances as part of a celebration of community and the visual arts.

Details on past years’ murals can be found at



The Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP) has now closed submissions for our 2021 project. The submission process is intended to solicit portfolios and qualifications for artists who will be chosen for the project. We will select artists, and muralists with varied experience who can execute projects large and small, and who want to contribute to the betterment of the community through art. We value creativity, diversity and talent in our artists. We are an inclusive project intended to be enjoyed by all classes, genders, cultures, ages and abilities. It is important to us and the City of Calgary that we create a safe and equitable space for our cultural diversity to be celebrated and represented through visual art.



The following are required to paint for BUMP:
  • Artists must be available to start and finish their mural painting over a 10 day period during the month of August 2021;
  • Artists from outside of Calgary, Alberta must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements for the painting period (artist fees will reflect the additional travel expenses);
  • Artists will provide their own paint and painting supplies. Artists ordering paint from outside of Calgary must allow shipping time before the painting period. The BUMP team is happy to help direct out-of-town artists to local paint suppliers;
  • Artists must be comfortable with using elevation equipment, depending on their paired wall (scissor or boom lifts, scaffolding, ladders);
  • Artists will be working outside for the duration of the painting period and must provide all needed supplies and gear to work in any weather condition.


Selection Process

Artist applications will be evaluated by a qualified jury with the objective of selecting a diversity of:

  • artists (identities, gender, ethnicity, etc.);
  • style/media (artworks of all schools, styles, scales, mediums and tastes should be considered);
  • origin (local, national, and international talent);
  • qualifications (established and developing artists, particularly local)


BUMP strives to include a significant number of local artists (Calgary and Alberta) as well as artists from the BIPOC and LBGTQIA+ communities.


Successful artists will be advised they have been selected for the project by early May 2021. All artists will be notified whether or not they are selected for the project.


Note: A roster of reserve artists will be created in the event that additional murals are added to the project in 2021, or if selected artists are unable to participate in the festival. Artists will be informed if they are on the reserve roster by May 2021.


Project Details

Wall Details and Budgets

The locations, details, and budgets for the murals will be provided to successful candidates. Artists will be assigned to walls by the jury with consideration of the artist preferences, building owner preferences, artist experience and the jury’s evaluation of location characteristics.


BUMP 2021 Timeline

February 15th-March 26th – Submissions open

April 2021 – Jury deliberations

Early May 2021 – Successful artists notified

May 2021 – Wall pairings

May – June 2021 – Artist concept designs created (once paired with a wall)

June/July 2021 – BUMP Artist lineup announcement

August 2021 – Painting of murals & BUMP Festival