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)