Arts, Culture & Heritage

Artists' Opportunities

If you are an artist living – or working primarily – in Richmond,
this page is for you

Richmond is home to hundreds of artists and artisans as well as about 60 arts organizations whose mandates and activities are as varied as populations they serve. Throughout the year, the City’s Cultural Development Manager sends emails to members of the Richmond Artists Directory, announcing artist calls, professional development workshops, promotional opportunities and more. If you would like to receive these emails, please register online. (You can learn more about the Richmond Artists Directory in the listing below.)

The following programs occur annually or year-round. This list also includes special one-off programs and opportunities as they arise. As well, the City of Richmond Public Art Program invites artists to participate in call to artist opportunities as they arise. Please visit the Call to Artists page to view current listings.

Branscombe House Artist Residency Request for Proposals 
Deadline is now closed
The City of Richmond’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Services department invites professional artists in all disciplines (including writers, composers, visual artists, musicians, theatre artists, video, multi-disciplinary and performance artists) to submit proposals for an 11-month live-in residency to being in January 2017 and run until mid-December.

Branscombe House is a recently restored Edwardian style house located in the residential area of historic Steveston. The self-contained two-bedroom suite upstairs is offered as an artist residence/studio with rent 100% subsidized in exchange for a minimum number of community art engagement hours on approved projects/programs developed in collaboration between staff, artist(s) and community groups/centres.

We are seeking proposals for interesting new projects and programs that promote meaningful community engagement through artistic opportunities.

Details about the residency can be found on the Branscombe Artist Residency

For further information regarding the Artist in Residence program, please contact Katie Varney, Manager, Cultural Development at 604-247-4941.

Art at Work: Professional Development Workshop Series for Artists
Join us for upcoming workshops as part of the Art at Work Series

Marketing Your Artwork
Saturday, April 30 from 1:00 – 4:00pm
Receive advice and tips from artist and marketing consultant, Bryce Evans to get your work noticed. $20 RAGA or CARFAC Members / $30 Non-Members | Course #1285659

Navigating The Canadian Gallery System
Saturday, May 21 from 1:00 – 3:00pm.
Learn about the structure and protocol of the Canadian Art Gallery system to save time, effort and money when searching for exhibition opportunities with presenter Debra Zhou. Some Mandarin translation is available. $20 RAGA or CARFAC Members / $30 Non-Members | Course #1286508
For more information, download the PDF below
PDF Document Navigating the Canadian Gallery System Workshop

Bus Tour for Artists: DIY Art Spaces in Vancouver
Saturday, June 18 from 1:00 – 5:00pm
Visit various “do-it-yourself” artist-run spaces in Vancouver for inspiration on how to develop an arts community for exhibition and studio opportunities. $20 RAGA or CARFAC Members / $30 Non-Members | Course #1286658

To Register, Quote The Course # Online: 
Phone: 604-276-4300
In Person: Richmond Cultural Centre front desk, 7700 Minoru Gate
*Please note that membership discount can only be applied to “In Person” registrations. If registering online or by phone, you will receive a refund for the difference on the day of event.

For more information contact Public Art at
Download the PDF Document Art at Work Event Program

Community Art Exhibitions
As part of the City of Richmond’s Arts Strategy, Arts Services is committed to providing exhibition opportunities for local artists.   Several City facilities have joined together to present exhibition opportunities.  Selected artists may be exhibited in either one or several of the facilities in any given year.   Art works may include paintings, drawings, photographs, quilts or other textile pieces and can be displayed on framed paper or on canvas.   Some facilities may be able to accommodate three dimensional art such as pottery.  Though priority is given to Richmond artists, all local artists from the Lower Mainland are welcome to submit proposals.

During the summer, a call-to-artists is announced. After the deadline, generally in the end of July, representatives from each facility meet and select artists for the upcoming year.  It is strongly encouraged that artists submit their applications during this period by sending applications to the designated address.  However, applications are accepted throughout the year by contacting the individual facility representatives listed below. Application requirements and deadline information can be found by opening the PDF file in this section. 

Currently, the following facilities participate in the Community Art Exhibition circuit:

Richmond Cultural Centre:  Camyar Chaichian, Arts Coordinator,
Gateway Theatre: Lester Chua, Rentals and Events Coordinator,
Thompson Community Centre:
City Centre Community Centre: Donna Vines, Community Facilities Coordinator,
South Arm Community Centre Winnie Wong, Community Development Coordinator,

PDF Document Community Art Exhibitions Submission Form

Richmond Arts Awards
2016 Winners Announced
The annual Richmond Arts Awards program recognizes the artistic achievements and contributions to the arts community by City residents, artists, educators, organizations and business leaders. Awards are presented in six categories: Business and the Arts, Arts Volunteerism, Cultural Leadership, Artistic Innovation, Arts Education and Youth Arts. Three finalists in each of the six categories will be named in April and winners announced at a ceremony in May.

Culture Days
September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016
PDF Document Play Your Part
Culture Days is an annual collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement in the arts featuring free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers in their community. 

Culture Days is the largest public participation campaign ever undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country. Annually, creative people and organizations in nearly 850 communities register some 7000 events.  With 100+ free cultural opportunities on offer in 2015, Richmond was again one of the top cities in Canada for the number of activities on offer [2015 Program]. 

In its seventh year, Richmond's artists, cultural organizations and creative businesses are again invited to participate by hosting an activity anytime on September 30, October 1& 2, 2016. The City of Richmond will support local activity organizers by coordinating a local marketing campaign for Richmond events with print advertising in Richmond newspapers, posters, brochure, media relations and much more. Please be sure to register your event at so that we can ensure your event is included in the local promotion.

Hosting an activity during the Culture Days weekend is a wonderful way to engage with community by offering a ‘hands-on’ activity, lecture, demo or ‘behind-the-scenes’ experience. Use the opportunity to promote your regular activities, nurture existing audiences and develop new supporters. For creative businesses, it can be a way to attract new clients and customers by offering a lecture, creative demo or workshop. Any arts or cultural activity – professional, commercial, community, amateur, educational, etc. – can take part with the following criteria:

  • Your activity is FREE to the public and participatory
  • The activity takes place during the Culture Days weekend, September 30, October 1 & 2, 2016.
  • The activity is registered at
  • You secure a venue, plan and assume all costs to deliver the activity.
  • You promote your activity through your own regular channels, with the support of the promotional program coordinated by the City of Richmond in partnership with Tourism Richmond and the Richmond Review.

For more information, download the  PDF Document Play Your Part brochure or contact Katie Varney, Manager of Cultural Development at or 604-247-4941.

Call to Artists
The City of Richmond Public Art Program invites artists to participate in call to artist opportunities in Richmond. Please visit the Call to Artists page to view current listings.

Arts & Culture Grant Program 
Developed in 2011 to strengthen the infrastructure of arts and culture organizations, invest in arts opportunities, show support for the careers of local artists and support a wide range of artistic and cultural activity, the Arts & Culture Grants Program offers two types of grants: Project Assistance and Operating Assistance to registered non-profit arts and culture organizations.

For more information on the funding criteria and application process please visit the
City Grant Program page. 

The deadline for 2016 Arts & Culture grant applications was November 20, 2015.   

For further information regarding the Arts and Culture Grant Program, please contact Liesl Jauk, Cultural Development Manager, at 604-204-8672.

Writer-in-Residence Program
Fall 2016
Application deadline now closed
Richmond Library’s Brighouse Branch, Minoru Place Activity Centre and Arts Centre offer a unique writer-in-residence opportunity to work with and among local residents to foster a greater appreciation for Canadian writing through innovative public programs that will engage readers and writers across generations and cultures.

The writer-in-residence provides advice to emerging writers through one-to-one consultations and workshops to diverse communities. This full-time position (35 hours/week) requires 25% of the author’s time to be spent on public programs or projects, leaving 75% of the work week available for creative writing.

The following writers have done previous residencies: Caroline Adderson, Nancy Lee, Mark Leiren-Young and Sally Stubbs.

Richmond Artists Directory - Calling all Artists
Please take a few minutes to fill in our Survey. The data collected will be used to provide statistics on the number and types of artists in our midst, which will be helpful in future proposals and planning. In addition, it will provide a resource in case of opportunities for the City to hire local artists. If you give permission, the contact information will also be used to inform you about new artist-focused programs, events and opportunities as they are announced.

The information provided will not be shared, nor used for any non-official City of Richmond business or communication.