The start of a new program to locate up-and-coming artists from the places the cruise line travels to infuse Icon of the Seas with personality was announced by Royal Caribbean International.
The Artist Discovery Program, as it is known by Royal Caribbean, was created to highlight and celebrate places and people by infusing the curated art collections on board ships with each region’s spirit and culture.
Local artists in the Caribbean can submit their work by April 4; the first group of artists will be hired to create nine sizable murals in three prominent locations: the Suite Neighborhood, the Royal Promenade area, and the Icon’s main entrance.
President and CEO Michael Bayley said, “The Artist Discovery Program is a project important to our hearts at Royal Caribbean since the countries we visit are family. And since the Caribbean is where we started more than 50 years ago, it is only right that we start looking for emerging talents there.
Vacationers want to fully experience the locations they travel to, said Bayley. Beginning with large-scale canvases on a first-of-its-kind journey, Icon of the Seas, this is a means to highlight the beauty of the local cultures and people in the areas they explore and enjoy every day on their voyage.
The cruise line will award grants to each artist ranging from $20,000 to more than $100,000. In Turku, Finland, where Icon is being built, the winners will collaborate closely with the Newbuilding team, who built Royal Caribbean’s legendary ships, to bring their proposals to reality later this year.
Artists must submit five examples of conceptual work, a resume, and a brief artist statement outlining their process, sources of inspiration, and other pertinent information in order to be considered for the competition.
Icon of the Seas will depart from Miami on year-round, seven-night trips to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
Source: Travel Pulse