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Posted: May 25.2017
HANB HANB Native Edible and Medicinal Plants ImageOur Home and Native Bloom
Talk: Native Edible and Medicinal Plants
Wednesday June 7, 12:20 - 1:30pm
Richmond City Hall Plaza, 6911 No. 3 Road

Learn about native edible and medicinal plants through a tour of Fluvial Fan, a floral design and pop-up garden in Richmond City Hall Plaza. Join First Nations Metis Herbalist, Lori Snyder, who will lead visitors on a tour of the native plants on display. This event will launch a month-long series of educational talks, art activities and musical performances to compliment Our Home and Native Bloom, a Richmond Canada 150 project that celebrates British Columbia’s native plant ecology.
Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
PDF Document Our Home and Native Bloom

Posted: May 17, 2017
2017 Richmond Arts Centre Art Truck Art Wrap
Request for Proposals (RFP)
The City of Richmond Public Art Program and the Richmond Arts Centre are seeking an artist to create a wrap design to be reproduced and applied to the Art Truck. The project is designed to enhance and beautify the vehicle by adding artwork by a local artist as well as promoting the Richmond Arts Centre outreach programming.

Eligibility Requirements:   Professional artists residing in Richmond, BC 
Deadline for Submissions:   Thursday June 1, 2017, 5:00pm PST 
Download the PDF Document Artist Terms of Reference for more information on how to apply for this opportunity.

Posted: May 15, 2017
Canada 150 GeoTour
Charge your smartphone or GPS and try the new series of Richmond geocaching—a popular, fast growing outdoor treasure hunt for families, groups and individuals of all ages.
The new Richmond GeoTour “Canada 150 Series”  features 20 new geocaches highlighting natural, cultural, heritage sites and PUBLIC ART!
For full details about the City’s program, visit Richmond Geocaching.
PDF Document Canada 150 GeoTour

Posted: April 12, 2017
West Cambie Neighbourhood Park
Integrated Landscape Public Art Projects

Request for Qualifications, (RFQ)
The Richmond Public Art Program, in partnership with the Parks Department, is seeking an artist or artist team to develop a site-responsive integrated landscape artwork for the new six-acre West Cambie Neighbourhood Park in the rapidly developing Alexandra neighbourhood, at 9540-9700 Odlin Road, Richmond, B.C.

This is a two-stage open artist call. Following review by the selection panel of the submitted artists’ statements of interest and qualifications, up to five artists will be shortlisted and invited to attend a site orientation and make a presentation of their qualifications at an interview. A fee of $1,000 CAD + GST will be paid to each of the shortlisted artists or artist teams plus travel expenses to a maximum of $1,000 per artist team.

 Budget: The total concept phase project budget is $40,000 CAD, for all design, consultants, presentation materials including models and all associated costs. The selected artist will enter into a Design Services contract to develop a concept proposal in consultation with the City.
 Eligibility Requirements: Open to professional artists and artist teams residing in Canada.
 Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 4:00pm PDT 
 Installation:  Summer 2018

PDF Document Download the Artist Call Terms of Reference for more information on how to apply for this opportunity.

Posted: March 13, 2017
Utility Box Wrap Call to Artists2017 – 2019 Art Wrap Program Artist Roster Artist Call
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
The Richmond Public Art Program invites artists residing in the BC Lower Mainland to submit applications to be considered for a 30 member artist roster for 2017–2019. The artists on the roster will be automatically considered for commission, to provide one original artwork in a digital format for a series of art wraps on utility boxes located in and around Richmond. Artists may be selected for one or more utility boxes.

Artist Fee:  Up to $1,200 CAD per utility box, based on size and number of utility boxes per commission 
Eligibility Requirements:  Open to professional artists residing in BC's Lower Mainland 
Deadline for Submission:  Thursday March 30, 2017 by 5:00pm PST 
Installation:      Spring 2017 - Spring 2019
PDF Document Download the Artist Call Terms of Reference for more information on how to apply for this opportunity

Posted: March 7, 2017
Artist Talk with Pierre Leichner

Thompson Community Centre
Pierre Leichner SpART ImageJoin artist-in-residence Pierre Leichner and learn about Forum Theatre, a form of theatre that supports change in response to political and social issues.

Through a short video and audience participation, Pierre will discuss the creation, performance and outcomes of maladjusted, a play produced by Theatre for Living, to address the need for humanization in mental health care services. Maladjusted is the winner of the 2016 Canadian Media Association’s Best Storytelling in Any Medium Award.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Thompson Community Centre Multi-Purpose Room 1

For more information visit the SpART artist blog: or the Thompson Community Centre website:

This is a free event.

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Posted: March 1, 2017
Minoru Seniors Legacy Stories
Minoru Seniors Legacy Stories ImageMinoru Seniors Legacy Stories is a year-long community art project led by Artist-in-Residence, Catrina Megumi Longmuir. She will be inviting Minoru Place Activity Centre community members to participate, contribute and work with her to gather stories and produce artistic collages and audio visual stories. A series of artist-led workshops will be offered to celebrate the past, present and future of the Minoru Seniors Society, from its humble beginnings at the Murdoch Centre to the opening of the new Minoru Complex senior’s centre in 2018.

To learn more about Catrina Longmuir and this project, visit her blog.

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Posted: February 27, 2017
Artist Designed Modular Seating
Request for Qualifications, RFQ
Richmond Canada 150 LogoThe City of Richmond Public Art Program invites professional artists, designers and craft persons to submit qualifications for an opportunity to design a series of unique modular and portable seating elements to commemorate Canada’s 150 anniversary.

These modular seating elements will be used to activate civic plazas and support special programming and major events in Richmond including, but not limited to Richmond World Festival, Maritime Festival and the Children’s Arts Festival.

Implementation costs including production and fabrication will be the responsibility of the City of Richmond. The selected artist/designer will be required to work with a third-party manufacturing company contracted by the City.

Artist Design Fee:     $10,000 CAD 
Eligibility Requirements:  Open to professional artists residing in British Columbia
Deadline for Submission:  Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:00pm PST
Completion:  Fall 2017

PDF Document Download the Artist Call Terms of Reference for more information on how to apply for this opportunity.

Please contact the Richmond Public Art Program at

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Posted: February 24, 2017
Growing and Rising
No. 3 Road Art Columns, Exhibit 11, Part 1
The first part of this two part exhibition is now on display in the No.3 Road Art Columns. In collaboration with the Capture Photography Festival, this exhibition highlights the ongoing relationship between the natural landscapes of Richmond and the City's rapidly growing built environment.

The first exhibition, with works by artists Annie Briard, Michael Love and Paulo Majano, will be on display from February to July, with the second exhibition going from August 2017 to January 2018.

For more information about this exhibit, visit

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Posted: February 22, 2017
Tax Basics for Artists
Art at Work Workshop
Sunday, March 19, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Cultural Centre Performance Hall
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC

What do you need to know to keep track of finances and file your taxes? This free, 3-hour workshop with Jessica Somers, CPA, CGA from Cordova Street Consulting will provide artists with an introduction to tax considerations for self-employment income; taxation of grant income; GST & PST sales tax issues; and bookkeeping and record retention.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 10, 4:00pm
For more details and to register, email
This workshop is free.

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Posted: January 25, 2017
Our Home and Native Bloom
Canada 150
Throughout June, City Hall Plaza will blossom forth with a tribute to the biodiversity and beauty of Richmond’s native plants. Visitors are invited to enjoy the floral display as well as a series of musical performances, educational talks and family-friendly activities that will activate the Plaza during the installation period.

This native species floral design was selected through an open design charrette competition attended by landscape architecture students and early career professionals in December 2016. The City is pleased to announce the winning design team from the UBC School of Landscape Architecture: Nicole Alden, Patrick Beech, Genevieve Depelteau, John Musil and Allison Tweedie.

Our Home and Native Bloom will officially open on June 1, 2017, and will end in early July with a celebratory plant sale event; all potted plants will be on sale to the public for $1.50, in honour of Canada’s 150 anniversary.

For more information about programming, visit

This project is a collaboration between the City of Richmond Public Art Program, Engineering Sustainability, Parks Services and Richmond Canada 150.

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Posted: January 25, 2017
The SpART Project
SpART Abstract Bocce Ball ImageSpART is a community art project that combines sport and art to explore how the mind and body can learn through repetition, practice and physical movement individually and in a group. Pierre Liechner is an interdisciplinary artist with a community-engaged practice. His projects are always a journey of discovery for all, allowing participants to collaborate with him to help choose the subject of the artwork and the media used. 

Participants of all ages are invited to develop and create art that engages the sport of their preference. This project aims to reveal the common elements that athletes and artists share in practice and in play. All activities are free, and projects will be ongoing at Thompson Community Centre (5151 Granville Avenue, Richmond) from February to December 2017.

For a schedule of upcoming projects please check the SpART bulletin at the Thompson Community Centre or the Thompson Community Centre website.

For more information about Pierre, please visit

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Arts Update 2016
Arts and culture are fundamentally linked to quality of life and to the health and wellness of all citizens, shaping identities, fostering life-long learning, promoting creativity and innovation, and engaging citizens across generations. The Arts Update 2015 summarizes the progress made towards achieving the goals of the Arts Strategy and supporting the City’s vision “to be the most appealing, livable and well-managed community in Canada.”
PDF Document Arts Update 2016

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For further information, please visit the Your Minoru Public Art Site, or contact the Public Art Program, 604-204-8671 or