“Bringing Light to Darkness” led by Indigenous artists Larissa Healey & Shadae Rose J., with the support of many youth

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Murals can initiate change through public awareness, dialogue, and highlight a community’s identity

The Mural Program supports murals and other two-dimensional art throughout Vancouver. We support projects initiated by community groups, artists, businesses, and building owners. 

The program includes: 

  • Providing resources and opportunities for community expression
  • Helping communities improve their public space
  • Supporting local and emerging artists
  • Ensuring fair representation of various identities and style of artwork
  • Deterring graffiti vandalism

Mural Support Program

Are you a community group or individual? Learn how we can support you and apply.

Murals around the city

By City of Vancouver


  • Bringing light to darkness

    By City of Vancouver

    Led by Indigenous artists Larissa Healey & Shadae Rose J., with the support of many youth. Supported by the City for Canada 150+.

  • Graffiti-style art at Strathcona

    By City of Vancouver

    Featuring AA Crew’s DEDOS, VIRUS, and TARS, led by Nomadic Alternatives and the Vancouver Mural Festival.

  • Resilience

    By City of Vancouver

    Community mural facilitated by artists Jenny Hawkinson and Cate Laurie Wikelund. Supported by Jacob’s Well, Servants, Strathcona Vineyard Church, Community Arts Council of Vancouver, and the City.

  • On-street mural

    By City of Vancouver

    One of the original on-street murals in the city at Spyglass dock, led by CityStudio students and artist Emily Gray.

  • RestART

    By City of Vancouver

    RestART, a restorative justice art program. Facilitated by the Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre in partnership with the City.

  • Graffiti at Mount Pleasant

    By City of Vancouver

    Project led by the Mt. Pleasant BIA and artist Ilya Viryachev with the help of youth from the Mt. Pleasant Community Centre.

  • Mural at Kafka’s in Mount Pleasant

    By City of Vancouver

    By Steve Pell and Sandy Pell featured at the Vancouver Mural Festival.

  • Spirit of the Realms

    By City of Vancouver

    Completed for Canada 150+, supported by the City. Painted by artists Haisla Collins, Jerry Whitehead, Sharifah Marsden, Mehren Razmpoosh, Richard Shorty, and Vanessa Walterson.

  • Home at Renfrew-Collingwood

    By City of Vancouver

    Community mural facilitated by Kim Villagante and Aly de la Cruz Yip with the help of Collingwood Neighborhood House youth. Supported by Translink, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and the City.

  • Utility art wrap programs

    By City of Vancouver

    Art wraps placed on utility boxes throughout the City.

  • Basketball court at Mt Pleasant Park

    By City of Vancouver

    By artist Scott Sueme. Supported by the Vancouver Mural Festival, City of Vancouver, and Vancouver Board of Parks.

Mural Support Program

The program can supply paint (up to $2,000) and help navigate the process. We can also prime the wall and provide an anti-graffiti coating.

If you are doing a mural on street pavement or a community mural, inquire through murals@vancouver.ca. Projects with high levels of engagement may be eligible for additional funding and support.

  • Individuals or organizations may apply
  • Project must be located within Vancouver 
  • Project must be visible from public property
  • Intention must be artistic without promotional content
  • Project must follow the mural guidelines
  • Applicant must commit to maintaining the mural for two years
  • Murals on heritage buildings require approval from COV Heritage Group

The Mural Support Program has a budget of $25,000 annually. Applications will be approved and resources allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. There is no application deadline.

  1. Download the required documents:
    1. Contract  (340)
    2. Application form  (732 KB)
  2. Secure a wall and confirm property owner’s permission
    • If the building is heritage, contact us and we can inquire with the Heritage Group on your behalf
  3. Identify a project manager and lead artist
  4. Send the application form and contract to murals@vancouver.ca
  5. Receive conditional approval or feedback pending community notification
  6. Get approval and pick up your paint and supplies 
  7. Paint your mural
  8. Send us photos of your completed work to promote your artwork! 

Please allow 2-3 weeks for approval once a completed application is sent.

Staff will review mural proposals to ensure design integrity, and to determine that the Lead Artist has organized and compiled all materials listed within the mural application. 

It is recommended that mural proposals don't include designs that will be considered inappropriate or indecent by community standards. All murals proposals containing any signage, advertising, or branding will be redirected to submit an application through Development Services

If you suspect a mural is offensive or breaks our guidelines, contact murals@vancouver.ca with a photo of the issue.

Get involved

Artist opportunities

Find opportunities for local artists including calls for public art, available studio space, and more.


Discover murals by Vancouver Mural Fest with our interactive map. More past and future murals will be included.

Vancouver Mural Festival

The festival works with artists and community groups to create large-scale murals, culminating in a street party and showcase event.

Report graffiti online

Graffiti vandalism often attracts more graffiti and should be dealt with quickly. 

Report graffiti

If you believe a mural breaks our guidelines, send us an email with a photo of the issue at murals@vancouver.ca.

Have questions?

Contact us at murals@vancouver.ca

Public Art policies and guidelines

The Park Board is not currently accepting proposals for public art donation. Check back for updates.

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

This report summarizes the findings of the first comprehensive evaluation of the City of Vancouver's Public Art Program since it began in 1991.

Procedures have been established for removing art work from public sites under City or Park Board jurisdiction.

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