Artist Call – 19th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival

Join in the 2022 Richmond Maritime Festival! Looking for performers, artisans, artists, knowledge-givers, storytellers, and more!
Call for Performers, Artists, Nautical Artisans, and Storytellers

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The 19th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival is getting ready to set sail! The Richmond Arts Coalition, Anigraph Productions, the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site Society, 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!

This year’s event will take place on August 20th and 21st with in-person, family-friendly performances, artisan showcases, and heritage storytelling alongside accessible art installations.

We are looking for maritime-heritage-themed interactions in a multitude of mediums.


Whether you’re an operatic mermaid, sailors with a story to tell, a dancer with a maritime jig, a singer with the soul of the sea, or a puppeteer who has felt the call of the ocean, please get in touch! See some of last year’s performers here:

Actors to share History:
We are looking for actors to craft short monologues from voices from the past, and then to share those stories on site with small groups of people during the Festival. A library of recorded oral histories is available to assist. If this appeals to you, please send us a link to a video of yourself telling a story, and any relevant writing experience you have.

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! Check out artist Glen Andersen’s Log Nest Monsters from 2020 for inspiration:

Maritime Artisans:
Steveston’s history is built on hand-crafted wooden boats, woven fishing nets, and so much more. We would love to include maritime-related artisan demonstrations, presentations, and hands-on workshops! Take a look at a few previous artisans here:

Maritime Knowledge-givers:
Is the sharing of boat and river safety your pride and joy in life? Do you enjoy engaging people around the danger of hopping out to Shady Island at low tide? We want to hear from you!

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


Some Inspiration:
Here is a window into what the festival looked like in 2019:

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 Canadian Heritage grant.

Please keep in mind that we have limited funding and limited artist spots for this event, so applying for the event is not a guarantee that you will be selected.

To Apply:
Fill out the form below! If it isn’t working, feel free to email with your pitch. Got questions? Feel free to email or leave a phone message at 778.985.1617 .

Andrew Wade,
Executive Director,
Richmond Arts Coalition

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The 19th 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.