Public Art Calls

Public art calls for non-members are $25. Art calls for members are free.


Non-members can download the payment form here
*Please note, this is not a fillable form


Please send your art calls (in Word format) to


Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON - Photo by C. Rechico

British Columbia

Richmond, BC
2020 Engaging Artists in Community, Call to Artists
City of Richmond
September 30, 2019
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The City of Richmond Public Art Program seeks artists or artist teams with socially oriented practices for three project-based artist-in-residence opportunities at Terra Nova Rural Park, Thompson Community Centre and West Richmond Community Centre. All three seek innovative ways to engage community members in the making of artwork that foster individual creative expression, cross-cultural exchange, knowledge and skills-sharing. Artists are encouraged to review partner profiles and apply to one opportunity that best suits their interests, experience and skillsets. For more information on the artist opportunities and how to apply, please visit


Budget:  $10,000 –$20,000, per opportunity.

Eligibility:  Artists residing in British Columbia

Deadline:  Monday, September 30, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Duration:  January – December 2020

Richmond, BC
Call for Submissions: Mentorship and Exhibition Opportunity for Musqueam Emerging Artists
City of Richmond
October 4, 2019
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The Richmond Public Art Program and Richmond Art Gallery are looking for Musqueam emerging artist or artist collective to participate in the Capture Photography Festival Canada Line Public Art Project. The selected artist or collective will work with Indigenous artist, Roxanne Charles, in the development of a large-scale photo installation at Lansdowne Canada Line Station in Richmond in April 2020.

Roxanne Charles of Semiahmoo First Nation is a cultural historian and artist who works with visual art, oral history and ceremony. Her work documents a variety of issues that reflect her life experiences such as spirituality, identity, urbanization, food security and resource extraction.

Artist Fee:           1,500.00 CAD
Deadline:            October 4, 2019, 5:00pm PDT
Duration:             April, 2020 - April, 2021
Installation:       March, 2020

For more information and how to apply please visit and download the Capture 2020 Call or contact the Public Art Program at
North Vancouver, BC
Public Art Call for Expressions of Interest – Belle Isle Park
City of North Vancouver
September 29, 2019
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Public Art Call for Expressions of Interest – Belle Isle Park – District of North Vancouver

The North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission and the District of North Vancouver are seeking an artist or artist team to design and fabricate a public art project for integration into the new Belle Isle Park. This Call for Expressions of Interest does not require the preparation of a proposal.  Only artists who are short-listed for consideration will be required to develop a concept proposal.       

As a progressive new community within the District, Lions Gate Town Centre will feature a range of artworks that contribute to the neighbourhood’s unique sense of place.   The emerging Lions Gate Town Centre neighbourhood is located close to the Lions Gate Bridge and immediately north of the intersection of Marine Drive and Capilano Road. Set at the foot of the North Shore Mountains and beside the Capilano River, the area is rich with natural forest and river habitats, and views of both downtown and the North Shore mountains.  

Lions Gate Town Center is situated very near the mouth of the Capilano River, which begins its journey in the Coastal Mountains, collects behind the Cleveland Dam a few miles north of the Lions Gate Centre and then cuts through the Capilano Canyon before it winds its way more gently through the village and finally empties into the Burrard Inlet.  Both the Lions Gate Centre Public Realm Strategy and the Lower Capilano Marine Village Centre Public Art Plan have identified the river as the launch pad for creative expression in the neighbourhood. 

There are three neighbourhood parks within the Lions Gate Town Centre core however,  Belle Isle Park is the most significant as it is located within the Village Centre and has strong connections to both the pedestrian greenway and the community’s central plaza.  The park also creates pedestrian connections to the nearby Capilano River trail system.  The District of North Vancouver is working with a local design firm to finalize the park design layout based on the findings from the public consultation process.  The new park will include an open green space, sports court, dog park and a children’s play area with an interactive water component. The park’s design team is supportive of an integrated element (dog park fence, seating, play surface design) or a standalone artwork.   

Budget: $70,000 CAD (inclusive)

Eligibility: Open to professional artists and artist teams based in Canada and the USA

Expression of Interest Requirements – Digital Format Only   

1.            Cover Letter: Briefly outlining how your work might be a good fit for this project (one page)

2.            Current CV: (4 pages max. per artist) Include current contact information

3.            Digital Images: 10 digital images showing previous examples of your public art (JPEG - 300KB)   

4.            Detailed Image List:  Include title, medium, date, dimensions, value, image number, budget and               one sentence description

5.            Two References: That can speak to your artistic abilities and accomplishments  

Ideally artists will submit the EOI information listed above in one PDF Acrobat format file, no more than 5 MB and in landscape format.  If this is not possible, please note the maximum JPEG size for images sent individually.  It is recommended the entire PDF be formatted horizontally as it will be presented to the selection panel projected on a horizontal screen.

Additional information including the complete project package:

All questions and submissions are to be emailed to: 

 using the subject line: Belle Isle (Artist Name)  

Attention: Lori Phillips, Public Art Officer, NVRC, 604-983-6348

Victoria, BC
Call to Artists: Indigenous Artist in Residence
City of Victoria
October 4, 2019
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Call to Artists: Indigenous Artist in Residence


First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists across the country are invited to apply for the position of Indigenous Artist in Residence at the City of Victoria. The program is open to Indigenous artists working in any artistic discipline who reside in Canada.


The selected applicant will work with City staff and invite the community to learn, share and experience the artist’s work; foster collaborative relationships with the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, other artists and arts organizations; and bring an Indigenous artistic presence to Victoria during their two-year term. An Indigenous-led roundtable of local artists, curators and scholars will be available to the artist for guidance in developing an
art plan and project implementation.


Artists should detail how they will engage with the community throughout their residency. At the end of the term, the artist will participate in a transitional mentorship with the next incoming artist. Applicants will be reviewed on the basis of artistic merit and qualifications, a desire to create artwork for the public realm, the willingness to work collaboratively, and an interest in learning about the cultural heritage of the Lekwungen Peoples.


The selection panel will be comprised of members of the Indigenous-led roundtable, who will review submissions and recommend a shortlist of artists for interviews. The selected artist will be contacted in late October.


Funded by the City’s Art in Public Places Reserve Fund, the City established the Indigenous Artist in Residence program in 2017 to honour and implement Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Lindsay Delaronde was the inaugural Indigenous Artist in Residence at the City of Victoria from February 2017 – January 2019. Discussions with the Indigenous-led roundtable were held earlier this year to inform the second iteration of the Indigenous Artist in Residence program.

Information Session
Interested candidates are invited to learn more and ask questions at an information session on Thursday, September 26 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, 231 Regina Avenue.
Lindsay Delaronde will be available to answer questions about her residency experience. An RSVP is not required. Complimentary refreshments will be served.


Applications are to be submitted electronically to by Friday, October 4, 2019 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.


For more information and submission guidelines, visit: