DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Friday November 12, 2021 at 4pm
We are delighted to launch the Banner Project for 2021! The theme this year is “Imagined Creatures”. As always, submissions are made through teachers in elementary schools across the Sunshine Coast.
We hope all elementary students on the Coast participate by submitting a design. We very much appreciate your work as an educator in support of this project, and look forward to seeing this year’s designs. Also attached is an information sheet and entry forms for the Young Artists Awards. The YAA will be on display alongside the banner entries from November 26 – December 10, 2021
Some things to keep in mind:
- Please find attached a specification sheet for paper and design size: Banner Project Info Sheet 2021
- Encourage a creative approach to the theme!
- Please ensure that students use felt markers NOT crayons or pencil crayons to colour their designs in order to make colour matching possible.
- We recommend staying away from large expanses of brown or green (the banners using these colours get lost amongst the trees in Civic Square.)
How the program works
- Drop off your student’s submission to the SCAC by Friday November 12 at 4pm. If you are unable to make this deadline, please let us know and we will find a way to get them to us.
- All submitted Banner Designs will be on display at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre from November 26 – December 10, 2021. Twenty designs are selected by a committee of professional artists. The selected designs are hand-reproduced on banners and will be hung in Civic Square (home of the recreation centre and library in Sechelt) February – November 2022.
Reception + Exhibition Visit
- While we will not be able to host our typical in-person reception honouring the selected artists this year, invite you bring your class down to see the banners installed. SCAC staff would be delighted to host a complimentary art-making workshop for your class, and to provide a guided tour through the Young Artists Exhibition that will be on display at the same time.
A Brief History
The Cowrie Street Banner Project began in 1994 as a joint venture between the Sechelt Chamber of Commerce and the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. In approximately 2003, the priorities of the Chamber of Commerce changed, and the project is now operated entirely by the Sunshine Coast Arts Council and sponsored by Clayton’s Heritage Market. From 1994–2014 the banners decorated Sechelt’s Cowrie and Wharf streets. As of 2014, the banners are hung in Sechelt’s Civic Square creating their own outdoor gallery.
From the time that the theme for the year’s banner is decided upon in September to the hanging of the banners in February there are a number of steps and variety of people involved. After the theme for the current year is chosen, elementary school students are asked to submit a design. Total entries from the various schools usually range from 300–500.
After all the entries are received, they are put on exhibition in the gallery of the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre for three weeks in conjunction with the Young Artists Awards exhibition. A committee selects the 20 finalists, and those selected are honoured at an awards ceremony on the final day of the exhibition where they are presented with a certification of appreciation. Each of the chosen designs is then projected, traced and hand painted onto a 6-foot length of fabric by volunteer artists. The banners hang from February to November in Civic Square.