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Collaborative Community Art Project Expression of Interest

  • Tuesday, February 01, 2022
  • Friday, April 01, 2022
  • 4:00 PM
  • Online


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The West Vancouver Community Arts Council invites expressions of interest from artists or artist teams to design & facilitate the completion of a Collaborative Community Art Project - a temporary artwork, created with participation from the public, outside the Silk Purse Arts Centre, West Vancouver. The Collaborative Community Art Project will launch in August 2022, with community participation events throughout the month.

In Your Hands by Jenny Smith, 2021

Since 2019, the WVCAC has offered the community the opportunity to be a part of the creation of a temporary work of public art. These works aren't complete until everyone has added their creative touch & joined the art making process; engaging the artwork & its themes; learning some artistic skills; exploring their creativity; & connecting with community.

Orca by Paintillio, 2020


The Collaborative Community Art Project will consist of:

  • A 3-D artwork designed by selected artist(s) inspired by the Vision and Theme as described below.
  • Artwork's framework/structure built & installed by artist(s) prior to the Community Art Project launch.
  • Artwork composed primarily of recycled & eco-friendly materials.
  • Members of the public of all ages & abilities, will contribute by adding materials & elements to the project throughout its run.
  •  A Youth Workshop facilitated by artist(s) to work on the project.
  • Artwork able to withstand the elements associated with the waterfront.
  • Dimension: Max height 7' Max diameter 7'.
  • Artwork will be dismantled/recycled by artist(s) at the end of summer.


A Cultural Conversation on Climate Change. The WVCAC intends to explore Arts & Culture’s role in addressing our current climate crisis. How can the Arts raise awareness & engage the public in this important discussion? How can the Arts make an impact? The Collaborative Community Art Project should address these questions through the design, the use of recycled & eco-friendly materials, & through the public’s participation in the completion of the artwork.


This opportunity is open to professional artists & artist teams who demonstrate the following:

  • Are able to meet the deadlines & stay within approved budget.
  • Have the skills & experience required to manage all phases of the implementation, from design to construction to facilitation of community involvement.
  • Reside in British Columbia.
  • Have an understanding of the Vision and Theme.


The total budget available to the artist(s) is up to $3,750. The budget is inclusive of all artist fees, studio overhead, framework fabrication, installation, dismantling, travel, transportation, & all taxes.


A Selection Panel will review all submissions & shortlist up to 3 artists/artist teams, who will be invited to interview with the Selection Panel. The interviewees will be asked to prepare an initial concept proposal for discussion at the interview; including a detailed design sketch or mock up, & a strategy for how the community can participate in adding materials to complete the artwork. Each shortlisted artist/artist team will receive a $200 presentation stipend.

The Selection Panel will make their final selection based on the alignment of the artist(s)’s vision with the objectives outlined here. If no submission warrants consideration, the Selection Panel reserves the right not to award the commission.


    Artists are asked to submit the information listed below as a single PDF format file, no more than 5 MB. Please do not secure the PDF file as there may be a need to extract an image for presentation to the Selection Panel. PDF formatted horizontally as it will be presented to the Selection Panel projected on a horizontal screen.

    • Letter of Interest. No longer than 1 page.
    • 1 page outline of the conceptual approach to this project.
    • Artist Resume or CV - If applying as an artist team please provide 1 for each artist.
    • Images - Up to 10 examples of previously completed artwork. Please include artist names(s), title, year, size, location & medium & other brief information you wish to communicate about the artwork.


    1.  Select the Register for this event button.
    2.  Complete the registration form.
    3.  Upload your submission.


    Submission Deadline: April 1, 4:00 pm

    Shortlist Notifications: April 10

    Interviews: May 8-14

    Artist(s) Selection Notification: May 16

    Framework Installation: By July 26

    Unveiling: August 4

    Community Participation: Weekends, August 6-28

    Youth Workshop: TBD between August 4-31

    Uninstallation: By September 2


    The Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave. West Vancouver, BC

    Please direct any inquiries to Steven Snider, West Vancouver Community Arts Council Gallery and Communications Coordinator. P: 604-925-7292 E:

    West Vancouver Community Arts Council
    Located at
    The Silk Purse Arts Centre
    1570 Argyle Avenue
    West Vancouver, BC  V7V 1A1

    Phone: 604-925-7292


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    The West Vancouver Community Arts Council acknowledges that the lands on which we gather for cultural activities are part of the traditional ancestral territories of the Coast Salish Peoples.

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