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Open call for artist-initiated projects

Our Public Art Program invites artists to submit their ideas for public art projects in any scale, scope, and medium.

We are looking for artists to propose meaningful pieces for public spaces in the city that reflect the complexities of place and publics, engage cultural practices, and provoke critical dialogue. 

The artist-initiated call is open to all artists, working individually or in collaboration. Artists and cultural practitioners of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations are especially encouraged to apply.

Submission deadline: Thursday, June 6, 3pm PDT

Learn more about previously commissioned artist-initiated projects and the Public Art Program.

How to apply

  1. Read the artist-initiated call (476 KB) for information regarding eligibility, selection, information sessions, and submissions
  2. Apply online under “artist-initiated projects”

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What's Happening

Information sessions for artists

Staff will discuss the opportunity and answer questions. 

When: Thursday, April 25, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: nə́c'aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch Library, 730 East Hastings Street

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When: Tuesday, May 7, 6pm to 7pm
Where: Room B, Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

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2019 key dates

Open call released April 4
Artist information sessions April 25 and May 7
Submission deadline June 6 at 3pm PDT
Shortlist selected Week of June 24
Orientation of shortlisted artists Week of July 8
Concept proposals due Week of September 16
Finalists selected Week of October 1
Artworks commissioned Week of October 14