The Daniels Art Directive calls for “Support Black Designers” mural submissions

The Daniels Art Directive is calling for submissions to realize an installation of a giant mural for the Daniels Building’s north façade. The student-run group arranged a mural competition that was won by designers and Daniels alumni Ashita Parekh and Tolu Alabi. Their mural reads “Support Black Designers.”

Rendering courtesy of daniels.utoronto.ca.

Applicants can participate by submitting a “pixel” — a 52.5-by-52.5-centimetre piece of artwork that will act as a single unit of the overall design. Designers may submit multiple pixels, and they can work individually or in groups.

The mural will contain 248 of these pixels. The word “Support” will be made up of pixels that contain black-and-white written statements. The words “Black Designers” will be made up of colourful artwork. (Each “Black Designers” pixel should be at least 50 per cent yellow, to be consistent with the overall design.)

Anyone — not just Daniels students — is eligible to submit a pixel for review. The Daniels Art Directive will be prioritizing submissions by Black designers.

The Daniels Art Directive and a panel of judges will be reviewing pixel submissions. Everyone who makes a submission will be entered into a raffle for yet-to-be-announced prizes from the Daniels Art Directive.

According to the Art Directive, each person or group whose work is accepted will receive credit for their work, as well as an honorarium of $10 per pixel and a prize package from Above Ground that includes a free sketchbook, a 20 per cent discount, and entry into a raffle for free art supplies.

The Daniels Art Directive is accepting pixel submissions here. Submissions are due before midnight on Monday, August 31.

For detailed submission guidelines, visit the Daniels Art Directive’s Instagram

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