Royal Caribbean is doing something a little different in the way of its art program with its newest ship Icon of the seas. The cruise line announced that they will be looking to spotlight a few artists local to the Caribbean by featuring their work in highly visible areas on the ship.
The “Artist Discovery Program” aims to feature 9 large-scale murals throughout 3 different venues on the mega-ship that are meant to tell the story of the Caribbean from a local point of view. Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bailey said “The Artist Discovery Program is a project that is close to our hearts at Royal Caribbean International because the destinations we visit are family…Vacationers want to immerse themselves in the places they visit. This is a way to spotlight the beauty of the local cultures and people in places they see and enjoy every day on their cruise.”
The art will be displayed throughout the ship in areas such as the Royal Promenade, the suites neighborhood and the ship’s main entrance and, if chosen, artists will receive a grant from the cruise line that could be as high as $100,000 for the completion of their work.
The criteria for eligibility is that the artists are from a destination that Royal Caribbean sails to. The cruise line is focusing on the following 3 submission opportunities.
- Embarkation Murals- where the journey begins ($15k commission budget)
- Royal Promenade- main thoroughfare ($50k commission budget)
- Suite Sundeck- VIP bar, pool and dining ($20k commission budget)
For artists who want to enter, five samples of original conceptual work that is currently NOT on display should be submitted to email@example.com by no later than april 4th.