Public Art Call for Expressions of Interest – Belle Isle Park

City of North Vancouver

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:

https://www.nvrc.ca/arts-culture/public-art/public-art-calls/public-art-call-belle-isle-park

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