International Centre Global Commons Student Mural


On a daily basis, the International Centre Global Commons is used regularly by nearly 300 ESL students from around the world as a lounge, lunch room, and study space. The space is also a hub for Brock International events and activities, welcoming the entire Brock community to the International Centre each week. Events in the space can range from PowerPoint presentations, to live sporting events such as the World Cup, movie nights and social gatherings.

Brock new Strategic Plan highlights the importance of internationalization and globalization in Universities’ reputation. International students, international exchanges of students and faculty, international research and creative partnerships facilitate a university having direct engagement at the global level

Project outline:

  • Creating an artistic mural for the International Centre Global Commons to replace the Canada 150 Wall (pictured above)
  • Dimensions: 187 inches wide by 115 inches tall
  • Medium: Open to different formats
  • Artist may choose to produce scaled down version that could be scanned in, enhanced, and printed as a vinyl wall graphic


  • The entire Brock community comprising faculty, staff, and students from more than 100 countries around the world
  • More directly, nearly 300 ESL students from around the world (per-dominantly China, Japan, Korea)

Communication objectives:

  • How does the mural reflect equality, Brock’s diverse international community and incorporate Canadian culture?
  • How does the mural enhance the student experience and reflect the day-to-day use of the space?
  • How does the mural reflect the importance of internationalization, globalization (as mentioned in Brock’s Strategic plan)

Creative considerations:

  • Several examples of diverse/cultural murals are provided below
  • Designs that create ‘Instagrammable’ moments, and encourage students to take photos in front of the wall will be strongly considered

Creative mandatories:

  • Design must feel inclusive to more than 100 countries represented on campus
  • No use of multiple languages (ex. ‘Welcome’ graphic in multiple languages found in the Ian Beddis Gym or at the entrance of Sean O’Sullivan Theatre)

Timeline for completion:

  • April 23: RRP is published
  • May 17: RFP closes
  • May 29: Committee meets to review
  • June 3 Winner announced
  • June 10: Artists provides final design based on committee feedback
  • June 17: Production begins
  • July 6: Production ends


  • The selected artist will be awarded $1,000 for completing the project
  • Brock International will cover the cost of supplies & installation
  • Student must provide approx. cost of supplies needed to execute the mural 

Length of installation:

  • Up to 5 years


  • Must be a current, full-time Brock University student to apply

Submission instructions:

  • For the purposes of the RFP, artists are asked to submit a scaled down version of their design (15.58 x 9.58 inches)
  • Artists can send in a scan of their design via email to or deliver in person to:
    • Brock University – International Centre
      1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
      St. Catharines, ON.
      L2S 3A1
      Location – 2nd Floor Welcome Desk
      Attn: Mike Morrison

Deadline to apply:

  • May 17, 2019


Below are creative examples found around the world that represent culture/diversity:


Cover of Brock University Strategic Plan

World Cup Mural in Brazil

Tallest mural in Ottawa

Kits Wings – Vancouver