Updates from Culture & Events

City of Nanaimo // July 2021

Call for 2022 Temporary Public Art and launch of Urban Design Roster 2021-2023

Announcing some changes to Public Art in Nanaimo! Two Calls for Submissions are now open: Temporary Public Art Program and the NEW Urban Design Roster. In the newly updated Temporary Public Art Program the City will support two artists annually in the creation of new works for public spaces in Nanaimo. Artists can propose artworks that vary in scale, scope and medium including temporary sculptural installations, social practice and community-engaged artist projects and artwork that is integrated into landscape, architecture or civic infrastructure.

The process for applying to this program has changed and will now take place in two stages. Initial applications require a letter of interest, resume and images of previous work. A shortlist of candidates will be selected for a second stage and a full proposal. Selected projects will be supported by staff and City resources throughout the course of development and realization

The deadline to apply is September 13, 2021.

Register for our Public Information Session: July 28, 7:000 pm, by ZOOM

More about the Temporary Public Art Program

In conjunction with the updated Temporary Public Art Program, the City is also launching a new initiative called the Urban Design Roster and is seeking portfolios from artists and designers.

The Urban Design Roster is a new program that offers artists and designers an opportunity to be involved in civic urban design and small-scale artwork related to City infrastructure. This open call seeks the talents of artists and designers who may wish to tackle a particular design challenge. For example, urban space beautification like murals on civic buildings, surface treatments on civic infrastructure such as play areas (splash pads, etc), urban street objects like traffic barriers or controlled crosswalks, and design treatments for infrastructure elements such as manhole covers as well as possible opportunities in active transportation, sanitation and anti-graffiti efforts.

The roster of selected artists and designers will remain active for two years. Those on the roster will be considered on an ongoing basis in relation to opportunities arising from infrastructure renewals, upgrades and maintenance based on the needs of each project.

The Urban Design Roster Call is open to both established and emerging artists, including those interested in expanding their practices into the public realm for the first time.

The deadline to apply is August 30, 2021.

Register for our Public Information Session: August 4, 7:00 pm, by ZOOM

More about the Urban Design Roster

Photos: Top Left: Jason Gress, The Frame (2012), Top Right: Deryk & Samuel Houston, Driftwood Nests (2018), Bottom Left: Victoria Drakeford, the Porthole (2018), Bottom Right: Dan Richey, Dungeness Crab (2015)

Music in the Park: Elise Boulanger
July 24 at 3:00 pm

Bring your chair and join us to celebrate live music in our parks again. This is the first in a mini-concert series, facilitated by the Culture & Events team. Our goal is to connect local audiences to live music in Nanaimo's fabulous parks.

Launching this series is local Chamber-Folk-Pop artist Elise Boulanger who is performing on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at Departure Bay Beach near Kin Hut. Prepared to be captivated! Boulanger will be accompanied by her band, and who will create a cinematic dreamscape surrounded by nature. Following the influence of artists like Regina Spektor, Franz Schubert and Radiohead, Boulanger will offer melodic, percussive and inclusive music. Her reputation as “one [who is] ready to make a very big impression on the world at large,” makes this an event not to be missed.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements with more talented local musicians performing in parks near you.

Photos by Laura Baldwinson

More about the Music in the Park Series

New design additions to public utilities

Some newly made utility wraps have begun to appear in Parks and on City streets! Three artists, Joel Good, Noel Brown and Sebastian Abboud, have created new designs to cover utility bins in various locations, bringing colour and creativity public spaces. You can find them at Maffeo Sutton / Swy-a-Lana Park, Harewood Youth Park, and on streets in the downtown area. Artists who are interested in undertaking a similar project with the City can join our new Urban Design Roster (linked above!) to be considered for future wraps!

Photo box wraps by Joel Good, Noel Brown & Sebastian Abboud

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