Sketching, designing, planning and painting have all been key roles for young Aboriginal artists creating a larger-than-life vibrant mural.
M’akola Group of Societies and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island hired a contractor and four Aboriginal artists to create a large mural spanning length of M’akola’s latest project, The Hope Centre in Sooke.
The 48-foot mural is titled “Coming Home” sets a scene stemming from a historical setting to modern times. The mural is complete and will be installed early 2015.
The building was created to provide safe, affordable housing for young adults 19-31 years old.
When contracting the artists in the mural it was important to hire young artists just starting out instead of well-established artists.
It was a hope this project could help aid the artists launch their careers and give them more credibility when bidding on future projects.
The four artists who were hired to complete the mural include: Nicole Neidhardt, a Navajo artist, Natassia Davies, a T’Sou-ke artist, Jesse Campbell, a Metis artist, and Dahlila Charlie, a Beecher Bay artist.
These four artists all had previous experience painting murals, but this is the first time they have had the opportunity to design one.