Public Art Committee

The committee provides advice and guidance to City Council, staff, civic agencies, developers and citizens on public art matters, including the Public Art Program.

Terms of reference

The Committee:

  • Advises City Council, staff, the Development Permit Board, and others on carrying out the Public Art Program, particularly on the public art proposed for sites, developments or projects falling within the City's responsibility, as a result of the Program or otherwise
  • Acts as a resource to City Council and to its boards, agencies, commissions or staff, and to developers and citizen
  • Provides reasonable and objective advice and guidance on matters involving public art
  • Meets with City management or other civic officials or agencies about common concerns

The Public Art Committee Bylaw provides more detail on membership and duties.

Meeting frequency

The committee generally meets on the second Monday of each month, except August. Workshops are usually scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month.

Meetings are generally held in the Business Centre, Second Floor, City Hall, starting at 5:00 pm.

Time commitment

Members are expected to contribute 6 to 12 hours a month to committee work.

Members are expected to serve on subcommittees, which review individual public art applications.

Attendance requirement

Members may miss no more than four consecutive meetings without obtaining leave of absence from the committee. Membership will be terminated following the fourth such absence.

Quorum

There must be a minimum number of five members of the committee present to make decisions.

Membership

The committee consists of nine members:

  • 2 artists of recognized standing in the art community
  • 3 art professionals (artists, designers, gallery directors, curators, historians, educators, conservators, etc.) who have a thorough knowledge of public art, and who are of recognized standing in the art community
  • 2 urban designers (architects, landscape architects, designers or others)
  • 1 developer recognized by the community
  • 1 general public 

Members are appointed by City Council for terms of 1 or 2 years. Members can be reappointed, but no member will serve more than two terms in a row.

Every year, members choose a Chairperson. Unless the Chairperson has served two terms, they can be reappointed and hold office until a successor is chosen.

The Public Art Committee Bylaw provides more detail on membership and duties.

Members

Terms expire December 3, 2017:

  • Noel Best - Urban Designer
  • Cathy Busby - Artist
  • Andy Croft - Developer
  • Nick Gregson - Artist
  • Makiko Hara - Art Professional 
  • Chris Jones - Urban Designer
  • Hannah Reinhart - Art Professional
  • Debra Rolfe - Art Professional
  • Marisa Sanchez - General Public

Liaisons

  • City Council: Councillor Heather Deal
  • Park Board: Commissioner John Coupar

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 16, 2017 Agenda Minutes
February 27, 2017 Agenda Minutes
 March 20, 2017 Agenda Minutes
 April 24, 2017 Agenda Minutes
 May 15, 2017 Agenda Minutes
 June 19, 2017 Agenda Minutes
 July 17, 2017 Agenda  
 September 11, 2017    
 October 23, 2017    
 November 20, 2017    
 December 11, 2017    

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
February 29, 2016 Agenda Minutes
 March 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes
 April 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
 May 16, 2016 Agenda Minutes
 June 20, 2016 Agenda Minutes
 July 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
 September 19, 2016 Agenda Minutes
 October 17, 2016 (no quorum) Agenda Minutes
 November 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes
 December 12, 2016 Agenda Minutes

 

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 19, 2015  no quorum Agenda Minutes
February 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes        
 March 9, 2015 Agenda Minutes
 April 13, 2015 Agenda Minutes
 May 11, 2015 Agenda Minutes
 June 15, 2015-CANCELLED    
 July 13, 2015 Agenda Minutes
 September 14, 2015 Agenda  Minutes
 October 19, 2015-CANCELLED    
 November 9, 2015 - CANCELLED    
 December 7, 2015  Agenda Minutes

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 13, 2014 Agenda Minutes
February 11, 2014 Agenda Minutes
March 17, 2014 cancelled
April 7, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 5, 2014 Agenda Minutes
June 16, 2014 Agenda Minutes
July 14, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 8, 2014 Agenda Minutes
October 6, 2014 no quorum Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2014 cancelled    

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 21, 2013 Agenda Minutes
February 18, 2013 Agenda Minutes
March 18, 2013 Agenda Minutes
April 15, 2013 cancelled - -
May 21, 2013 Agenda Minutes
June 17, 2013 Agenda Minutes
July 15, 2013 Agenda Minutes
September 16, 2013 Agenda Minutes
October 15, 2013 no quorum Agenda Minutes
November 18, 2013 Agenda Minutes
December 16, 2013 cancelled    

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 16, 2012 Agenda Minutes
February 13, 2012 Agenda Minutes
March 12, 2012 cancelled - -
April 16, 2012 Agenda Minutes
May 14, 2012 Agenda Minutes
June 11, 2012 Agenda Minutes
July 9, 2012 Agenda Minutes
September 10, 2012 Agenda Minutes
October 15, 2012 Agenda Minutes
November 19, 2012 Agenda Minutes
December 10, 2012 Agenda Minutes

Contact the Public Art Committee

public.art.committee
@vancouver.ca

Staff contact
Karen Henry
Senior Cultural Planner

Phone: 604-673.8282

karen.henry@vancouver.ca

Meeting coordinator
Denise Swanston

Phone: 604-871-6399

denise.swanston@vancouver.ca

Resources for potential and appointed members

The Procedure Bylaw regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies.

Procedure Bylaw  (156 kb)

The Code of Conduct Policy sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions.

Code of Conduct Policy  (145 kb)

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