About the Year of Reconciliation
Vancouver's Year of Reconciliation acknowledges the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada's residential school system.
The Year of Reconciliation is a call to action for all Canadians to come together to build more inclusive communities.
The goals of the Platforms project are to:
- Stimulate awareness and discussion of historical impacts of residential schools, racial injustices, and ideas of reconciliation
- Contribute to a stimulating visual realm in Vancouver
- Provide public art opportunities for artists who work in two-dimensional imagery
- Present high calibre artworks in the context of international art practices
Call for artists
The call for artists was open to emerging and established Canadian artists who have completed basic training in the visual arts, and are producing work for professional and public venues.
Training could consist of completing formal institutional courses – such as a Fine Arts degree – or mentoring by established artists.
Aboriginal artists and artists from Vancouver were especially encouraged to apply.
How artists were selected
Proposals were evaluated by a peer panel of artists and art professionals based on the past work and initial approach of the artists.
Initial review criteria
- Quality of the proposed concept or artwork, and relevance to the theme of reconciliation
- High quality, innovation, and creativity of past work
- Clarity of vision and purpose in relation to engaging the public, and sensitivity to range of ages and ethnic diversities
- Demonstrated capacity to produce high quality imagery and to meet established deadlines
- Ability and resources to meet technical requirements
All commissions were $5,000. This included all expenses to produce, design, and deliver the completed artwork.
|October 14, 2013 (week of)
|October 30, 10:00am
|November 12 (week of)
|December 9 (week of)
|Concept proposals due
|December 16 (week of)
|Final selection and commissioning
|January 20, 2014
|First pieces due
|March 3, 2014
|First artworks appear