Nelson initiates art rental program

The City of Nelson is embarking upon an art rental program that will see indoor public spaces reflecting Nelson’s creative nature.

Jelly by Nathan Smith is an example of public art in Nelson. The city is starting an art rental program.

Jelly by Nathan Smith is an example of public art in Nelson. The city is starting an art rental program.

The City of Nelson is embarking upon an art rental program that will see the city’s indoor public spaces reflecting Nelson’s creative nature.

The idea stemmed from a request from Mayor Deb Kozak to display local art in her office. From this seed, the idea of a program that would enliven city hall, while supporting local artists, was put forward by the Cultural Development Committee and gained the support of city council.

“Over the years, Nelson has assembled a wonderful inventory of over 40 permanent pieces of public art, heritage markers and artistic infrastructure pieces throughout the city,” says chair Stephanie Fischer.

“Four years ago, the committee also initiated the popular rotating sculpture gallery on Baker St., in partnership with Castlegar’s Sculpturewalk. I’m excited that through these initiatives we are able to support and promote the growth of public art in Nelson. This new program will further contribute to citizens and visitors experiencing art as part of their day-to-day lives.”

As such, the Cultural Development Committee is now calling for Nelson and area artists to submit their work to this new art rental program. Applicants are asked to provide electronic images of their pieces, along with the medium, dimensions, value and artist bio. All artwork must be suitably framed and ready for hanging. Larger-sized paintings are recommended due to the nature of the space they will inhabit. Submissions will be adjudicated by the committee’s public art working group. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15.

Currently, this program is limited to within city hall. Based on the program’s success, it may be extended to include other city-owned property and outside spaces.