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Album Cover Art Competition


Young artists (25 years of age and under) living in Waterloo Region are invited to submit a proposal for an original artwork for the cover of the album Songs of Kitchener. Songs of Kitchener is a compilation album of the community compositions created during Mary Abdel-Malek Neil’s 2019 City of Kitchener Artist in Residency. The community compositions (songs) that are a part of this album will be streamed online for public consumption.

Themes explored in the Songs of Kitchener album include group, neighbourhood, and city-wide identity, as well as sense of place and community. The commissioned artist will be responsible for developing artistic content to illustrate the themes of the Songs of Kitchener album for digital streaming platforms. The artist will receive $100.00 as an honorarium for their artwork.

Submissions must be received by April 30, 2021. Artists wishing to familiarize themselves with the Songs of Kitchener album can find information and a selection of tracks here.

Submission Requirements

The submitted proposal should include a digital image of a proposed visual work with the following requirements:

  • The visual work can be completed in any medium
  • Dimensions/pixels that are at least 1600 x 1600 to 3000 x 3000 pixels
  • PNG or JPG format
  • Best-quality RGB color mode
  • High quality image preferred (300dpi minimum) *
  • Perfect square format (1:1 ratio)
  • Brief artist rationale for design concept (200-word max)

* While the artwork can be completed in any medium at time of confirmed commission, the artist will be responsible for creating and submitting a high a resolution digital file (min 300dpi) of the visual work if they have not already done so at time of submission.

Artist Information

Please include your given name(s) and surname.
Example: 85 Queen St N, Kitchener ON, N2H 2H1
Example: 519-743-0271
Please select your age range.

Parent / Guardian Information

Contest entrants under the age of 18 are required to provide contact information for either a parent or guardian.

Please include your parent/guardian given name(s) and surname.
Example: 85 Queen St N, Kitchener ON, N2H 2H1
Example: 519-743-0271

Design Information

Please include a brief rationale for your design concept (maximum 200 words).
Upload a high-quality digital image of your proposed visual work in accordance with the specifications outlined above.
Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg png.

Mary Abdel-Malek Neil and Kitchener Public Library reserve the right to terminate the competition at any stage. In such a case, appropriate notifications would be made as necessary. Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be considered.

Reproduction and Moral Rights

The winning artist agrees to give Mary Abdel-Malek Neil permission to exhibit their artwork in relation to the album, on music digital streaming platforms, library website, social media sites and other relevant venues (print or online), for non-commercial purposes. The artist understands that in all cases, they will be identified as the artist. The artist agrees to allow for very minor modifications subject to formatting of the artwork with prior agreement of the artist.

Personal information supplied as part of the Songs of Kitchener album art competition process will be used by Mary Abdel-Malek Neil and Kitchener Public Library according to the requirements under Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), in order to contact you regarding your entry. Your personal information may be shared with the competition jury as part of the submission evaluation process. Inquiries about the collection, use or disclosure of the nominee's personal information should be directed to: David Mason, Kitchener Public Library (