Artist Opportunities

Artist Opportunities:

April 20, May 9, May 26, June 3
Public Art Spring Project – Free Arts Workshops
City Centre Community Centre
5900 Minoru Boulevard
Times vary; see website for full details
A series of Public Art workshops as visual artist Laara Cerman  leads the community together to build upon new public art pieces to be installed at the Fitness Centre at City Centre.  
Phone: 604.204.8588

April 21
Art At Work: Public Art Workshop
Richmond Art Gallery – Program Room
7700 Minoru Gate
Guidance for applying to public art opportunities. This workshop will use mock artist calls as the basis for a hands-on session led by Richmond Public Art Program staff. Through group exercises, participants will be provided with guidance and best practices in preparing applications for Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQs). Workshop is free, but registration is required to Richmond Public Art due to limited spaces.
For more details and to register:

Deadline: April 30
BC Arts Council grants for Post-Secondary Artists
B.C. arts students enrolled in post-secondary studies are encouraged to send in their applications to be considered for grants of up to $6,000 through the BC Arts Council Scholarship Program. The BC Arts Council’s scholarship awards are offered to students pursuing an education in a wide range of arts disciplines, including arts administration, community-based arts practice, museology, creative writing, conservation, dance, media arts, theatre, music, curatorial practice and visual arts.
More information on guidelines and program details, including eligibility, can be found at: 

Application deadline: May 1
Salt Spring Island Artist in Residence Program
The Artist in Residence (AiR) Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in the vibrant arts environment of Salt Spring Island. The program is open to all Canadian professionals working in the arts, in any genre or medium, at any stage of their careers. AiR encourages applications from artists of diverse cultural and regional backgrounds. The intent of the program is to provides the time and space for creativity and productivity and introduces visiting artists to Salt Spring Island and its arts community. Residencies are awarded based on available facilities, potential links to the Salt Spring community, collaborative opportunities and artistic merit. 
In the last two years AiR has welcomed Canadian artists living as far away as Thailand and from as close by as Victoria. Their projects have been equally wide ranging and have involved explorations of photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting, beading and curatorial studies. They have shared their work through presentations, workshops, demonstrations and exhibits, enriching our island with their work and ideas, interacting with Salt Spring artists and enjoying our unique island life style.
The AiR program invites artists to ‘Come, share the experience” and engage with the creative cultural community of Salt Spring Island. Within the spirit of this framework, collaborative proposals by members of the Salt Spring arts community which involve off island artists are actively encouraged.
Applications are for tenure between October 2018 and April 2019.
Application information: 

Exhibit dates: May 4 – May 6
Art in the City 2018 – call for applications and exhibitors
West End Community Centre 
870 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC
We are excited to announce that registration is now open for Art in the City 2018!
This is your opportunity to showcase your work at the largest fine art market in Vancouver’s West End. The three-day event will be held at the West End Community Centre from May 4-6. In addition to an exhibition hall showcasing fine art of a variety of media and styles for sale, the market will feature live music, art workshops, and activities for attendees of all ages. Email for an application and exhibitor guide today! (They have had Richmond artists included in the past.)

Deadline: May 9
MusiCounts Community Instrument Grants
Applications are now open. Eligible non-profit community music programs (new or existing) can receive up to $25,000 in musical instruments and equipment through the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program! MusiCounts is Canada’s music education charity associated with the JUNO Awards. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada have access to music programs through their schools and communities. This is achieved through various programs including the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, scholarships and other music education initiatives. 
Contact: or 416-485-3135 (Ask for Pina Capuano or Ashley Sperling) 
Information and eligibility: 

May 13
Artist Walking Workshop
Branscombe House
4900 Steveston Highway
Stop by this unique and fun workshop at Branscombe House to go for an “artist walk” in the yard and surrounding neighbourhood. Slow down to take notice your surroundings and sketch overlooked details of the landscape. A balloon caught in a tree, an initial written in the sidewalk, a hummingbird overhead – learn to look at the world through the eyes of an artist and the ordinary becomes captivating, worthy of documentation and celebration. Following the walk, return to the house and compile your sketches to make a collaborative map of the neighbourhood’s meaningful minutiae. Free.

Deadline: May 25, 4pm
Metro Vancouver Opens Applications for Regional Project Grants

Cultural groups can now apply to Metro Vancouver for Regional Project Grants. 
The Regional Project Grants will support research creation, production, dissemination, audience development, project staff and/or administrative capacity building and the per-project grant awarded to a maximum of $10,000. The 2018 application form and the Project Grant Eligibility and Selection Criteria can be downloaded from . 

Deadline: May 31
The Phyllis Taylor Scholarship
The Phyllis Taylor Scholarship is available to students who are furthering their education in the fields of music or performing arts. Scholarships up to the value of $5,000 may be awarded annually.

As stipulated by the terms directed by Phyllis Taylor in her will, scholarship applicants must:

  • be attending an accredited post-secondary institution pursuing programs or coursework in the fields of music or performing arts;
    • be, or have been, a resident of Richmond for a minimum of two years;
    • be able to demonstrate significant musical or performing arts talent;
    • be able to demonstrate community involvement, academic, and leadership skills; and
    • be of British, Scottish, or Irish descent

For full details and how to apply: 

Deadline: Until filled
Call for Artists – Lighthouse Collective
In conjunction with the Steveston Museum, on June 2 (for Doors Open Richmond), the Lighthouse Collective is putting on a large outdoor art show and open studio at Steveston Town Square Park, and are looking for local visual artists (almost any medium) who would like to show their work. Artists must be willing to (a) show their art; (b) work on an unfinished art project while it’s going on; and (c) interact with the public about their art and their creative process.
They are also looking for musicians to perform a 30-minute set of music. The music is not the feature of the afternoon, but a compliment to the visual art gallery. Ideal for soloists or small groups such as classical guitar, jazz trio, string quartet, dulcimer, etc. Singer / songwriters could also be a good fit. 
Free tickets for the event can be found here: 

Ongoing – June 29 (Fridays)
Art Café
City Centre Community Centre
5900 Minoru Boulevard
Fridays, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Art Cafe is a FREE open, multimedia arts drop-in for adults of all skill levels. Connect with other local artists while creating art and enjoying local pressed coffee. Limited art supplies available, including sewing machines, paints, pencils and more. FREE. For ages 16+
Phone: 604.204.8588

Various dates
BC Music Fund Program Applications

BC Artist Registry
Calling all BC artists! We invite all British Columbian adults who are artists in any discipline to be counted in the BC Artist Registry. Whether your arts practice is your full-time or part-time career, or your avocational pursuit, you may join the Registry through our simple online form. 
Across the province, arts champions in municipalities and local agencies express the need to learn more about artists in their communities, but lack the channels to connect with those individuals. The BC Artist Registry becomes an important tool for reaching artists directly, inviting their participation in surveys and other types of consultation.
The BC Artist Registry uses a simple online form recording an artist’s name, contact information, and field(s) of artistic discipline. Joining the Registry is free, and the personal information remains private and confidential. From time to time, artists on the Registry will be invited to participate in more detailed surveys or other consultations. The Registry will be open for ongoing registration with no deadline, to ensure a growing resource for meaningful statistics and research in our province’s cultural sector. 

SpaceFinder BC
SpaceFinder BC increases the visibility of creative workspaces throughout the province of British Columbia. Venues can market unbooked rental space by creating a listing and uploading a digital calendar, while artists and public alike can discover space based on location, price, amenities, and up-to-date availability. Built by nonprofit Fractured Atlas, SpaceFinder BC is free to list or search for space. 

Open Calls for Artists to exhibit at City Hall and the Richmond Art Gallery
The Richmond Art Gallery is accepting submissions for exhibitions at Richmond City Hall and the Richmond Art Gallery. Proposals should include a current CV, an artist statement, a statement of the proposed work and images or video of work. More information can be found on the forms below.
City Hall Exhibition Submission Form: 
Richmond Art Gallery Exhibition Submission Form:

Applications for 2018 Community Art Displays – Thompson Community Association
Applications for 2018 community art displays are now being accepted.
Since 2009, Thompson Community Association’s Art Committee has spearheaded projects such as:
– River Walk community art installation
– Monthly art display in the lobby
– Art pieces adorning the walls of the fitness centre.

Application Form: 
To Apply: in person or via email to