Laurier seeks Indigenous artists for library mural project

Wilfred Laurier University is looking for Indigenous artists to create a mural on the exterior brick wall of the library at its main campus in Waterloo, Ont. Photo by GatorEG – CC 4.0

Wilfred Laurier University is looking for Indigenous artists to create a mural on the exterior brick wall of the library at its main campus in Waterloo, Ont. Photo by GatorEG – CC 4.0

Wilfred Laurier University is looking for Indigenous artists to create a mural on the exterior brick wall of the library at its main campus in Waterloo, Ont.

The public-facing mural will measure 6.7 m (22 ft) wide, 12.1 m (40 ft) high, and 2.7 m (9 ft) deep. Its goal is to honour Indigenous art, culture, stories, and integral relationships to Indigenous worldviews and ways of knowing.

“The cultural and reputational impact and significance of this project will extend upon its completion and will trigger new avenues for learning, teaching, and discovery, empowering everyone with knowledge of Indigenous presence and history in the Waterloo Region,” says Gohar Ashoughian, librarian and archivist for the Wilfrid Laurier University library. “The Library Indigenous Mural Project is a bold and impactful example of Indigenous placemaking.”

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 14. Potential artists must be confirmed members from the Dish with One Spoon treaty territory, which includes members of the Three Fires Confederacy and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Following a short list procedure, the winner will be selected by a jury in December. The mural is expected to be completed and unveiled by June 2023.

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