Artist Call – 21st Annual Richmond Maritime Festival

Call for Performers, Artists, and Nautical Artisans

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Call for Performers, Artists, and Nautical Artisans

Deadline to apply: Monday, June 17th, 2024, 11:59pm (extended from June 10th)

The 21st Annual Richmond Maritime Festival is getting ready to set sail! The Richmond Arts Coalition, 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 24th and 25th, with in-person, family-friendly performances and artisan showcases alongside accessible art installations.

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

All performances on site have maritime, coastal content. Whether you are an operatic mermaid, a group of 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!

Art Installation Creators:
We are looking for sculptural art and audio installations, some including interactive or animated elements. Have you created an existing maritime-themed art installation or audio soundscape? Do you have an idea for something new that engages with the public? Previous examples include a creature made from sea supplies, or a watery weave to hang at a heritage location.

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!

We are also looking for artisan knitters and donations of wool for an on site “knit in” free to the public. Please apply if you are willing to lead this hands-on activity, or can offer any donations of yarn and knitting supplies!


Budget and Compensation:
For art installations, please include a budget with your proposal. Performers, artists, and artisans 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 the online form isn’t working, feel free to email with your pitch, including answers to each question. Have questions for us? Feel free to email us, or to leave a phone message at 778.985.1617 .

We appreciate applications from artists of under-represented communities including Indigenous, Black, people of colour, LGBTQ2S+, mixed abilities, and other groups. We encourage applicants to self-identify in their application if they feel comfortable in doing so.

We will contact all applicants by the end of June, but we expect that contract offers will be finalized later in the summer. To make certain we can contact you, please double-check your application to ensure that you’ve provided accurate contact information, free of any typos.

Andrew Wade,
Executive Director,
Richmond Arts Coalition

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The 21st 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.  We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia and the BC Arts Council.


Photos from the 2022 Richmond Maritime Festival. Photographer credit: City of Richmond