Artist Call – 17th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival

The Annual Richmond Maritime Festival is reshaping its hull this year! And we need you!
Call for Performers, Artists, Artisans, and Heritage Storytellers
17th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival

Deadline to apply: July 8th, 2020

The 17th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival is reshaping its hull this year! We will be setting sail from late-August to mid-September with digital displays of family-friendly performances, artisan showcases, and heritage storytelling alongside accessible art installations. The Richmond Arts Coalition, Anigraph Productions, and the City of Richmond will be artfully celebrating our ocean-side past and present here at the mouth of the river. But to make all that happen, we need you!

We’re looking for nautical-themed stories and experiences in every artistic medium:


Whether you’re a singing mermaid, sailors with a story to tell, a dancer with a maritime-themed dance to teach people at home, a film pirate, or a puppeteer who has felt the call of the sea, please get in touch! Live performances may be considered if pandemic restrictions lift, but otherwise, expect your performance to be recorded and presented online.
See some of last year’s performers here:

Art Installations:
Think fishy chalk art along the Steveston boardwalk, a structure made of sea supplies, or a watery weave to hang at a heritage location. We’re looking for artwork that visitors can view at their own schedule for a few days or longer.

Steveston’s history is built on whittled wooden boats, woven fishing nets, and so much more. We would love to film artisan demonstrations, presentations, and hands-on workshops to showcase online throughout the festival.
Take a look at last year’s artisans here:

Heritage Storytellers:
Do you have a captivating story to tell about Richmond’s nautical history? Tales of its communities along the water’s edge? We would love to include you as part of this year’s festival.

In early August, we will set up a site studio in Steveston to film performances, demonstrations, and storytellings, so don’t worry if you’re not a film producer, yourself. For those of you who are able to produce professional-quality, high resolution recordings on your own and have another location in mind, please let us know in your pitch.

Here’s a window into what a less physically-distanced festival looked like last year:

Budget and Compensation:

For art installations, please include a budget with your proposal. Performers, artisans, and storytellers will be offered professional rate fees for their time and work, as per our grant.

To Apply:
Fill out the information below or email with your pitch. Please include a link to video and/or photos of your performance work if possible/applicable.

Feel free to contact me by email or by phone message (778.985.1617) if you have any questions.

Andrew Wade,
Executive Director,
Richmond Arts Coalition

The 17th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival showcases the cultural and maritime heritage of Steveston. This event is presented in partnership with the City of Richmond and the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site Society, with Production and Artistic Support by Anigraph Productions. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.