Create a Mural




Date of Issue: March 1, 2020

Closing Date: April 3, 2020

Closing Time: 6:00 pm Mountain Standard Time

Submit all applications and inquiries to:



The Beltline Urban Mural 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 fourth 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 2020 BUMP Festival celebrating art, music, and community this August.  


We believe that public art can enrich communities, create beautiful and captivating places, challenge our ideas, provoke discussion, and add beauty to the everyday.


Since its inception in 2017, BUMP has enriched the character of Calgary:

  • Commissioned 31 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 2018 and 2019 BUMP Festivals.
  • Led guided mural tours for hundreds of Calgarians and visitors to the city.
  • 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) is now accepting submissions for our 2020 program. The submission process is intended to solicit portfolios and qualifications for artists who will be chosen for the project. We are seeking artists experienced in murals, who can execute murals 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.





Length: Maximum four 8.5 x 11 pages

Size: 10 MB maximum

File type: Submissions should be in a single pdf format


Submit all applications and inquiries to:


Application deadline: April 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm Mountain Standard Time


Each respondent is solely responsible for ensuring that their response is received at BUMP before the specified closing and time. Proposals received after the specified closing and time may not be considered.


Note: Should the proposal requirements for this call be a barrier to you submitting your ideas, please contact us at before April 3rd.




Contact Details

  • Provide the artist(s) name(s), email, phone number and address
  • Optional: provide the artists’ website, social media (i.e. Instagram) information


Artist Experience (1 page maximum)

  • Describe your experience with large scale murals, both interior and exterior. Provide a description of the timelines and general sizes of the murals installed. If relevant, reference images in the portfolio.
  • List any experience with lift equipment (scissor lifts, scaffolds, swing stages, basket lifts, etc.)
  • Describe experience and techniques for various building materials (brick, concrete, stucco, etc.)


Portfolio (3 pages maximum)

  • Provide up to 18 images (6 per page) of previous works. Preference is for large scale exterior or interior murals. The portfolio should approximately reflect the style of murals you would install. 
  • Optional: if your portfolio does not provide a clear indication of what a mural would look like, you may provide two concepts (one horizontal and one vertical) of a proposed mural. Clearly indicate if an image is a concept or a previous work


Submit all applications and inquiries to:

Application deadline: April 3rd, 2020




A qualified jury will evaluate all responses. 


Evaluation criteria for the 2020 project will include:

  • Artist experience in large-scale exterior and interior murals
  • Diversity and uniqueness of the artist’s works
  • Creative approach to public art and murals


BUMP strives to include a significant number of local artists (Calgary and Alberta).


Successful artists will be advised they have been selected for the project by May 15th, 2020. Unsuccessful artists will not be contacted.


Successful artists will be provided a list of potential mural sites for their consideration and feedback. The jury will assign artists to mural sites based on artist and building owner preferences.


Note: A roster of “reserve” artists will be created in the event that additional murals are added to the project in 2020, or if selected artists are unable to participate in the festival. Artists will be informed if they are on the reserve roster by May 31.





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 2020 Timeline

March 1 –  April 3 – Submissions open

April 4 – May 1 –  Jury deliberations

May 15 – Successful artists notified

June 20 – BUMP 2020 artist lineup announcement

August – Painting of murals

August 26 – 29 – BUMP Festival