Royal Caribbean International is seeking up-and-coming artists in the Caribbean to paint murals on the Icon of the Seas. The 5,610-passenger ship will debut on Jan. 27. 2024.

In the line’s new Artist Discovery Program, artists can vie to put their work on display for millions of vacationers. Royal Caribbean said the program’s purpose is to “infuse every region’s spirit and culture into the curated art collections on board ships.” 

Royal Caribbean will seek artists in the Caribbean for the Icon, and will look for artists from other regions for future ships.

On the Icon, artists will be commissioned to paint nine large-scale murals in three highly visible locations: the Royal Promenade neighborhood, the Icon’s main entrance and within the Suite Neighborhood. 

Each artist will receive a grant from the cruise line, ranging from $20,000 to more than $100,000, to see their vision through. Later this year, the winners will work closely with Royal Caribbean’s newbuilding team to bring their concepts to life. They will be artists in residence in Turku, Finland, where Icon is under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard.

To vie for a spot, artists must submit their resume and five samples of conceptual work. The work must be original and may not currently be published or on display. They also must write a brief artist statement that helps explain their work, inspiration and other details regarding the pieces submitted.

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