Announcing the RBC Art competition for NSCAD students
March 17, 2014

RBC Royal Bank is holding a juried art competition for NSCAD students and recent grads.
RBC Royal Bank is seeking an up-and-coming NSCAD artist to create a signature artwork for its new home at RBC Waterside Centre.

The competition will be open to NSCAD emerging artists, including full-time students and alumni who have completed their degrees since 2009. The winner of the juried competition will be awarded the $10,000 purchase price for his or her artwork, which will be installed in the new building in September.  Owned by the Armour Group, the nine-storey RBC Waterside Centre is currently under construction opposite NSCAD’s historic Granville campus on Hollis Street.

“We’ve had such a good relationship with NSCAD that we wanted to build on that by offering this exciting opportunity,” says Lori Smith, Manager, Public Affairs for the bank’s Atlantic Canadian operations. “The competition is a great way to recognize and celebrate both our history and our future in Halifax, which as many know, is the birthplace of RBC. We’re eager to begin the process and are looking forward to seeing the different ideas put forth by local artists to mark our historic move.”

RBC Waterside Centre will house RBC’s Atlantic Provinces Headquarters and its flagship downtown Halifax branch. More than 200 employees will make the move from the bank’s current location on George Street to the new building in September, where RBC will take up four of nine floors including space on the street level.

“Soon to be our neighbour, RBC has proven itself to be such a wonderful supporter of NSCAD as the corporate sponsor for our graduation exhibition and catalogue,” says Dr. Daniel O’Brien, President of NSCAD. “The exhibition and catalogue are so important for our students as they graduate and launch their careers. This new competition offers emerging artists even more opportunity to showcase their work to a wide audience, so my advice to students and recent alumni is to make the most of it.”

The new building, with its views of Halifax Harbour, is one of the things artists should take into consideration in making proposals for artwork. Other factors to reflect on include: the bank’s past, present and future; and the building’s status as a green building (LEED Gold certification is being sought). The jury will look for proposals that are bold, dynamic and evocative of the setting on the Atlantic coast.

Download the Public Art Competion Call and Application for complete details, or contact Chris McFarlane, NSCAD University,

The deadline for proposals is April 30, 2014. The selection process and review will take place in May, with a shortlist of artists or artist teams announced at the end of May. The announcement of a winner is expected to be made in June, with the production of the artwork happening over the summer with installation in September.