Artist Opportunities


Artist Opportunities:
Submission Deadline: postmarked May 22
Sixth Annual Midsummer Art’s Dream
The Community Arts Council of Richmond warmly invites artists from anywhere in BC, including grade 9-12 students, to enter our exhibition, to be held at Thompson Community Centre Annex from June 16-18, 2017. This juried show is open to all working in the following 2D mediums: art, photography, mixed media, and textile. Each artist is invited to submit up to three photos of their original work. Cash prizes will be awarded to winning submissions. This year the show is open to students in grades 9 – 12, with the same requirements as everyone else and the same prizes except we have put aside funds for the youth category exclusively. So it will be a great addition to the entire show and should pull in more visitors to the show. New categories of mixed media and textile should grow this year, making for a much more exciting exhibition for the public to view. Full information:
Submission form:

Submission Deadline: May 25, 4pm
Metro Vancouver Regional Project Grants
Cultural groups can now download the 2017 application form and the Project Grant Eligibility and Selection Criteria at Alternatively, request the application form and grant eligibility material by e-mailing or calling 604-432-6205. 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.

Submission Deadline: May 25th 5pm
2017 Pianos on the Street Program – Cultural Centre Piano
Opportunity: The City of Richmond Public Art Program and the Richmond Arts Centre invite Richmond artists and Community Arts groups to submit concept proposals to artistically enhance the Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza piano. The selected artist/group will lead a workshop for the artistic enrichment of the piano, whether it be collage, painting or other media.
Artist Budget: An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to the selected artist/or group to facilitate the community workshop. A materials budget of $100 and 2 litres donated latex paint can be provided.
Artist/ Group Selection: A three person selection panel to be comprised of artists, art professionals and community representatives will review all submissions and recommend one artist/arts group for the project.
Project Timeline: Facilitation of workshop and creation of piano art piece must be completed by June 28, 2017.
Location: The Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza will host both the piano and workshop.
Submit applications by e-mail to:
Questions: Contact Christine Corris-Wingfield at 604-204-8696 or

Application Deadline: May 29 at 5pm
Branscombe House Artist Residency
Branscombe House Artist Residency takes place in the recently restored Edwardian style house located in the residential area of historic Steveston. Currently in its inaugural year, the 11-month residency program is an opportunity for artists with a community-engaged practice to create new work in exchange for 100% subsidized two-bedroom upstairs suite. During the residency, artists establish a presence in the community, spending time developing a body of work and engaging the public in programming which may include workshops, exhibitions, demos and legacy projects on the Branscombe site, community centres, schools and events/festivals.
Further Details: Application Details:
For further information: contact Katie Varney, Manager, Cultural Development at or 604-247-4941. Submission Deadline: May 31

Saltspring National Art Prizes
The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is pleased to launch its second national juried competition of Canadian visual art. The intent of SSNAP is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity—resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years of age and older as of January 1, 2016 are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration. Approximately 50 finalists will be chosen by an independent jury from across Canada. All artists’ submissions will be anonymous to the jury.

THE JOAN McCONNELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WORK: $17,000 ($12,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)
THE JUROR’S CHOICE AWARDS: Three awards of $2,000 selected by each juror
THE ROSEMARIE BEHNCKE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS: Three awards determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition: 1st prize – $3,000, 2nd prize – $2,000, 3rd prize – $1,000
THE ASA (Alliance of Salt Spring Artists) AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SALT SPRING ARTIST: $1,000
Original works will be exhibited and presented for sale at the Finalist Exhibition at historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, from September 22 to October 22, 2017 (Open daily from Saturday, September 23).
Guidelines and Submission Details:

June 10
Richmond Art Gallery Artist Workshop – Holly Schmidt: Vanitas
7700 Minoru Gate
For the Our Home and Native Bloom installation at Richmond City Hall, Richmond Art Gallery offers a unique workshop with Vancouver artist Holly Schmidt.

Workshop Details: Explore the vanitas characteristics of Dutch still life painting through the creation of floral arrangements. The workshop will begin with a look at how these painters captured the passing of earthly life through imagery of abundant bouquets on the verge of decay. Following this, participants will be invited to forage for foliage in Minoru Park, and with a range of local blossoms create their own still life to be photographed. Participants are welcome to take their arrangements at the end of the workshop. Digital images of their arrangement will be shared. The first iteration of this workshop was hosted by Arts Assembly ( in September 2016.
The workshop will begin at the Richmond Art Gallery and will eventually move to the Richmond City Hall Plaza one block away ( This portion of the event will be held outdoors). Participants are asked to bring their own vase (a vase or bowl with a wide mouth is recommended) and a pair of small pruners.
Register at:

June 10, June 17
Artist Statements with Annie Briard
Richmond Art Gallery Program Room
7700 Minoru Gate
Artist and instructor Annie Briard leads an Artist Statement Writing Workshop for emerging and midcareer artists, or those needing to fine-tune their artist package. Session One will focus on demystifying the writing process, clarifying the importance and purpose of a statement, and what it should or should not include. Session Two will provide one-on-one feedback of your written works both by peer evaluation and personalized instruction. Free. 12 participant maximum. Participants must register and attend both sessions.
For more details and to register:

Application Deadline: June 28
BCMF Live Music Program
The BCMF Live Music Program is one of the funding programs of the $15 million BC Music Fund supported by the Province of BC. This program is designed to support the economic growth of BC’s live music sector through investing in new or expanded performance opportunities for BC artists, BC audiences and out-of-province visitors. Funding will also support the growth of the live music sector through business development activities. BC-based festivals, venues, event producers and presenters are eligible to apply for a grant to cover up to 25-50% of project expenses. See website for more information and application forms.

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.

Rocanini Cafe
Call to artists wanting to show at Rocanini Café in Steveston Village: please send short bio and 8-10 thumbnail images of your paintings with title, size, medium and price.

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: