37th Central Bank Open Competition

When : 2020-2021
Where : The Bahamas
Application Deadline : October 20 2020
Application Fee : none
Stipend : The Central Bank will cover the cost of the artwork to be made

The Central Bank of The Bahamas is proud to invite the Bahamian creative community to the annual 37th Open Call Competition. The 2020 theme is:THE BIGGER PICTURE!–MURALS AND PUBLIC ART

For this competition,we plan to focus on the many prominent empty wall spaces, vacant lots, abandoned buildings or construction fences around New Providence and the Family Islands. Such surfaces surround us everywhere and begfor our attention and a new purpose.Murals—and public art in general—have proven to be a significant economic engine in the so-called “Orange Economy,” or creative economy, creating safer neighborhoods for the benefit of local communities. In addition to providing us with visual nourishment and education on our own history, a further benefit would be the provision of attractions for a specific kind of traveler who is interested in the cultural aspects of a nation.The 2020 Open Call goes out to Bahamians and Permanent Residents, who are artists, architects, designers, gardeners, craftsmen/womenand more. There are no restrictions regarding size or media, e.g. drawings, paintings, paper and/or digital collages, photography, 3Dmodels, light projections, upcycled materials,oreven landscaping ideas; you name it! The only requirements are:
  • The design hasto be based on the particularshape orspace of the proposed site (we are not looking for generic designs or “drop-in”sculptures).
  • The design hasto closelyconsider the particular location, its history and respective environment.
  • The design hasto develop an original idea and a relevance of the site in time and space.
  • Lastly but very importantly: the applicant has to research the ownership of the proposed site and seek a preliminary conversation and disposition of the stakeholders and community:
  • Communication is key.Examples for themes can be historical subjects, folklore (like Junkanoo), cultural or even futuristic topics. Styles can be abstract, naturalistic, figurative, illusionary (trompe l’oeil) and more.

Go to the website to find out how to apply.