June 16, 2021 - The 2022 Indigenous Student Handbook is currently being developed and will be finalized for the upcoming recruitment cycle. The production team is seeking two artists: an Indigenous artist or illustrator from Musqueam, and an Indigenous artist or illustrator from the Okanagan Nation. Each artist will provide original artwork to be included in the project’s design.


The University of British Columbia’s two campuses host a vibrant and growing Indigenous student community, with the Vancouver campus located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people, and the Okanagan campus located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation.

UBC’s prospective undergraduate student recruitment marketing team produces a number of items to support UBC’s Indigenous student recruitment team in their work to engage, attract, and welcome Indigenous students to UBC. When producing materials to support UBC’s Indigenous student recruitment goals, the team will uphold UBC’s relationships and responsibilities with Musqueam and the Okanagan Nation.

Scope of Work and Deliverables:

The artwork requested will be used for the front and back cover of the 2022 Indigenous Handbook. There will be two editions of the 2022 Indigenous Handbook – one with front-cover artwork from Musqueam, and one with front-cover artwork from the Okanagan Nation.

  • Size: the cover of the publication will be 7”x 10”, plus bleeds.
  • Must be able to accommodate the UBC logo and other publication content. See section 3.5 of UBC’s Visual Identity Rules for more information.
  • Format: The artwork should be designed for the print publication primarily but secondary uses include, but are not limited to:
    o Online PDF (will be designed in landscape format for desktops)
    o Supplemental interior publication designs: where appropriate, we would like to replicate components of the cover artwork throughout the interior pages of the publication. This could be taking parts of illustrations or other sections of the full cover design to be used alongside photographs on the interior spreads. Where and how these are selected and used will be decided with the selected artists.
    o Website and social media graphics: the artwork may be used on our website (, or as part of our paid and organic social media posts.
  • File types: vector images are preferred (such as .ai or .eps). Jpeg files will be accepted with sufficient resolution for printing (300 dpi or higher).
  • The final designs will represent the Musqueam and Syilx Okanagan Nations, while still welcoming prospective Indigenous students from anywhere. The designs should project a positive, uplifting, inspirational, and welcoming sentiment.
  • The artists should be open to at least two rounds of review and feedback from the UBC Indigenous recruitment team and other stakeholders before finalizing the designs. The timeline for this review period can be set once the contracts have been awarded.
  • Must be completed by September 3, 2021.

UBC will retain exclusive use rights for this artwork to be used in connection with the 2022 Indigenous Handbook. This includes, but is not limited to, appearing on the website, being used on our connected social media accounts, and being used in email communication to prospective Indigenous students. The artist can showcase this work on their personal website or in their portfolio, but it cannot be used for commercial purposes.


The production team has allocated a budget of up to $3,000 for each artist for this project.

How to Apply:

In keeping with UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan, we are seeking artists from the Musqueam and Okanagan Nations. Those wishing to learn more about this opportunity are invited to state their interest in the project as follows:

  • Contact Allison Beardsworth, Associate Director, Strategic Indigenous Enrolment Initiatives:
  •  Provide a brief summary of your experience along with appropriate portfolio if available (links to websites are acceptable)
  • Indicate your fee structure

While a portfolio is requested with your submission, Musqueam and Okanagan Nation students and alumni looking to establish themselves as artists or illustrators are encouraged to apply.


Expressions of interest are requested by June 21, 2021.

  • All artists will be contacted by July 9, 2021, with the successful candidates being briefed on the project the week of July 12, 2021.
  • First drafts are requested by August 4, 2021, with feedback from UBC due by August 13, 2021.
  • Revisions are requested by August 19, 2021, with feedback from UBC due by August 26, 2021.
  • Final artwork will be required before September 3, 2021.


For additional information about this opportunity please contact Allison Beardsworth at

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