SNAP SuperTrain Residency: Open Call (Closed)

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This call is now closed. We will be contacting all applicants after we reopen on January 3rd. Thank you!

Deadline: December 15, 2022

Selection by December 20, 2022  • Selecting 3 Artists for Feb/Mar, May/June, Aug/Sept 2023

SNAP invites applications to submit proposals for the SNAP SuperTrain Residency, a new project in collaboration with the Edmonton Arts Council and Pattison Outdoor Advertising.

About the project

SNAP is partnering with the Edmonton Arts Council and Pattison Outdoor Advertising to commission 3 artists to create 3 transitory public art murals wrapping the interior and exterior of 3 LRT SuperTrains. Each artist will receive a $5000 artist fee, $500 material budget, and 2 month studio residency at SNAP to create their new piece of artwork for the trains. The 3 SuperTrains will roll out throughout 2023, with each design gracing the tracks and community for at least 36 weeks. 

The 3 separate residencies will be scheduled for February/March, May/June, and August/September to accommodate each Artists’ creation process. The project is rooted in the theme of “Environmental Stewardship” and Artists are encouraged to explore the relationships between the natural world and urban spaces.

About SNAP

SNAP is a non-profit Artist-run centre for printmaking located in Amiskwacîwâskahikan, in Treaty Six Territory (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). We advance visual culture, working with artists, audiences, and communities. SNAP maintains a public professional gallery, a community printmaking studio, offers classes and workshops in all print media, supports Artist residencies, commissions print editions, produces a print publication, and engages in genuine community outreach and partnerships. To learn more about SNAP’s programs and facilities please visit:

Who should apply

SNAP is seeking proposals from Edmonton-based Artists and/or Art Collectives for the SuperTrain transitory public art murals throughout 2023. Artists at all stages of their career are encouraged to apply. SNAP’s mandate is to support artistic practice in printmaking. Proposed exhibitions should engage with printmaking and print-related media. Experimental approaches that challenge our expectations of the medium are welcome.

SNAP is dedicated to supporting opportunities for Indigenous, racialized, marginalized, and equity seeking Artists. Discussion, resource sharing, and a shared awareness regarding systemic and organizational barriers to full and equal participation in arts and culture will be an active and ongoing part of the review and selection process. 

Selection Process

With the aforementioned taken into consideration, 3 Artists or Artists Collectives will be selected through a jury process based on the following criteria: artistic merit, suitability of the proposal, benefits for the artist, and benefits for the community. The jury will be composed of the Executive Director, staff, Board members, and a community member. Successful applicants will be notified by December 20, 2022 once the jury has reached consensus.

How to apply:

1. Please complete the online application form. If you have technical issues completing the online form, please reach out to [email protected]

2. Please compile and send the following required information via email to: [email protected] (Note: While electronic files are preferred, we welcome hardcopy applications in the mail or delivered in person to: SNAP 10572 115 street NW Edmonton AB T5H 3K6 OR audio/video files as an alternate option to written components): 

a. Project Proposal (1 page max): Should reflect on the theme of “Environmental Stewardship”. Elaborate on interest in public art and this unique canvas opportunity. Reflect on how you would utilize the residency. Share any other relevant information on your interest in this project. 

b. Up to 10 images of proposed or previous works for both individual and collective applications (.jpeg format preferred at 72 dpi and up to 3000 pixels) 

c. A corresponding image list: please note title, artist name, medium, size, date, and corresponding file name. 

3. Optional and additional information: 

a. Artist CV (max 3 pages per artist) 

Application Formatting Requirements:

Submitted images should be in .jpeg format, 72 dpi, max 3000 pixels. 

Please name image files with consecutive numbers followed by your full name. For example: 01FirstnameLastname.jpeg, 02FirstnameLastname.jpeg etc.

Please note the file name with the artwork title in the image list. 

If possible, please compile all written documents into a single PDF

About the SuperTrains

Each artist will be commissioned to create artwork to wrap one entire SuperTrain for a 36 week period. The artwork for the SuperTrain consists of both interior and exterior panels. The interior artwork consists of eight 20”x28” posters, and a combination of 11”x35” panels (Standard Cards) and 11”x70” panels (Super Cards). The artist can opt between 26 Standard cards or 8 Super Cards and 10 Standard Cards. The exterior artwork consists of 830”w x 53”h panels and 830”w x 14”h strips on either side of the train. 

Below are some images to illustrate the placement of the artwork. All specs will be communicated to the selected artists in detail at the beginning of the project. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.

[Interior Layout example]
[Exterior Layout example]

Please fill out the submission form and submit your proposals to [email protected] by December 15, 2022. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions or concerns about the project, and to request any additional info.