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Artists invited to apply to become Artist in Residence for Engineering Services at City of Vancouver

October 19 2017

“We hope that an artist can find inspiration from the variety of work that we do, from geometrics to fluid dynamics to pouring a great concrete slab.”

Richard Prince, Roller, 2004
Photograph by Barbara Cole

Artists and inventors have long found inspiration for creativity at the intersection of art and science.

The Engineering Services department at the City of Vancouver is extending a call for an Artist in Residence to come behind the scenes and find inspiration in the science of civic engineering. 

“We are really looking forward to opening our doors to someone with a completely different world view, to come in behind the scenes and reshape, explore, and create based on what they discover here,” says Jerry Dobrovolny, General Manager of Engineering for the City of Vancouver. “We hope that an artist can find inspiration from the variety of work that we do, from geometrics to fluid dynamics to pouring a great concrete slab.”

The City has had artist in residences in Parks and Sustainability, but this will be the first time in recent decades that an artist has been invited in to Engineering Services.

The intent of the residency is to open the dialogue and encourage new perspectives in engineering projects and/or services.

It is anticipated that artists will work collaboratively with the City’s Engineering team with a specific focus on opportunities for public art within the City’s operations, facilities, and capital construction projects. 

Read the open call

 “Artists working within City departments give the City new methods of looking at our work, the communities we serve, and the resources we can employ,” says Eric Fredericksen, head of public art at Cultural Services. “For an artist, a residency can be a way to work with new tools and materials and to access the public realm in novel ways. It’s exciting to see the City explore fresh approaches to incorporating art and artists into its work.” 

How to submit your proposal

Artists are invited to submit their proposals until Friday, November 24.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit any questions via email to EngineerAIR@vancouver.ca before November 3 and a public questions and answers document will be posted after that. 

Submissions can be entered by email to EngineerAIR@vancouver.ca.

All proposals will be vetted by a committee of public art experts.