Eligibility and requirements for the artist call for nə́c'aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch Library


This opportunity is suitable for artists who:

  • Have experience in producing artworks for public spaces
  • Reside in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland
  • Are available to meet the project timeline (see below)

We welcome submissions from:

  • Artists in the area
  • Aboriginal artists
  • Artists of diverse communities and backgrounds
  • All other eligible artists


Up to $100,000 is available, inclusive of:

  • Conceptual and design development
  • Engineering
  • Documentation
  • All expenses for production and installation


Date  Event
September 25, 2015 Call for artists announced
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 5:00pm  Submission deadline 
October 26 – 30, 2015 Shortlist selection
November – December 2015 Start-up, consultation, and concept approval 
November 2 – 6, 2015 Finalist interview and selection 
December 14 – 18, 2015 Concept review
January – February 2016  Technical development and detailed design approval
February 2016  Detailed design review 
March – June 2016  Fabrication and installation 
July 1, 2016  Construction complete 

Submission requirements

To apply, prepare the following:

  1. A brief letter of interest about:
    • What attracts you to this opportunity
    • How you might approach it
    • Your interest in the library and the local community
    • Your relevant skills
    • How this opportunity relates to your practice
  2. Up to eight JPG or PDF images
    • If you want, you can swap up to two images with videos. Videos must be 20 seconds or less.
    • Image requirements: resolution of 72 dpi, height up to 768 px, file size up to 2 MB
    • Video requirements: file type of QuickTime Movie (.mov) or Windows Media Player (.wmv), file size up to 2 MB.
    • Title your images and videos with your name and a number.
  3. A list that corresponds with the numbered images or videos you submit
    • Include your name, title of the work, date, media, dimensions, location (if public) and, if necessary, up to a fifteen-word description
  4. A CV of up to three pages

Selection process

Your submission will be evaluated based on your letter of interest and past work.

It will be reviewed by a panel of knowledgeable individuals from the art and design community, library, and neighbourhood.

The panel will use the following criteria to shortlist submissions and select a finalist:

  • High quality, innovation, and creativity of past work
  • Approach to the local situation and the library
  • Demonstrated ability to produce and present work in public
  • Knowledge of materials and practices
  • Availability and ability to meet deadlines (see below)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others

Shortlisted artists will be interviewed asked to:

  • Provide background about their work
  • Provide an initial response to the site
  • Discuss their practice in relation to the opportunities the site provides

Staff will act as technical advisors to the process as needed.

The finalist will be asked to develop a full concept plan for approval.

Terms and conditions

Interested artists are advised that neither the City nor the selection panel is obliged to select any artist or accept any of the artists' proposals and may reject all proposals.

Each artist is advised, and by the submission of a proposal, agrees that the City will not be responsible for any costs, expenses, losses, damages (including damages for loss of anticipated profit) or liabilities incurred by the artist as a result of or arising out of submitting a proposal, or due to the City's acceptance or non-acceptance of their proposal, or arising out of any contract award not made in accordance with the expressed or implied terms of the artist call.

Until a written contract in a form satisfactory to the City is executed by both the City and artist, no legal rights or responsibility shall be created between the artist and the City.

Confidentiality of submitted documents

All documents submitted by applicants to the City of Vancouver become the property of the City.

The City will make every effort to maintain the confidentiality of each application and the information contained therein except to the extent necessary to communicate information to staff and selection panel members for the purposes of evaluation and analysis.

The City will not release any of this information to the public except as required under the Province of British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other legal disclosure process. Questions may be directed to Director, Access to Information, via 3-1-1 in Vancouver or 604-873-7000.



After you prepare your submission materials, apply online for the public art opportunity by Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:00pm.