BC Ferries and FPCC Announce Artists

January 20, 2016
BC Ferries, in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, has selected three Coast Salish artists to create designs for the new Salish Class ferries.

The artists being commissioned to produce artwork for the new ships are Darlene Gait from Esquimalt Nation for the Salish Orca, John Marston from Stz'uminus for the Salish Eagle, and Thomas Cannell from Musqueam for the Salish Raven.

The vessels are named to recognize the Coast Salish as the original mariners of the Salish Sea.

A call for artists was issued by FPCC last August, and Coast Salish artists were invited to submit their portfolios for consideration.

From 37 expressions of interest, a jury of artist peers and BC Ferries representatives identified a shortlist of nine artists.

Their decisions were based on artistic excellence, Coast Salish artistic style, ability to express the vessel names through artwork, ability to provide digital images for fabrication and ability to meet the project timeline.

The shortlisted artists were commissioned to develop design concepts for one or all of the three vessels. From a total of 27 concepts submitted, three were selected.

The artists who were chosen are working with BC Ferries to prepare their designs for final refinement to technical specifications. The designs will be shared publicly as each is finalized over the coming months.

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