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Ahoy there, artists!

10 March 2017

Richmond-based visual artists and graphic designers again have a chance to create this year’s signature artwork for the annual Richmond Maritime Festival.

The winning artwork will become the poster image for the 14th annual festival, which takes place at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site on August 12 and 13. One of Richmond’s most popular summertime events, the Richmond Maritime Festival was recently nominated as one of five finalists for Best Public Entertainment Event or Festival at the 2017 Canadian Event Industry Awards.

The winning poster image will convey Steveston’s maritime and wooden boat heritage, as well as recognizing that 2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. The poster will be seen throughout Metro Vancouver in print and online advertising, brochures, transit shelter advertising, site decor and other promotional materials over the summer. The selected artist will receive a $500 honorarium.

In April, the winning artist will be announced and the final artwork will be made public in early June.

Last year, local artist Brenda Clark created a memorable artwork capturing the fun, maritime theme of the festival and the natural and historic beauty of its historic site.

Artists who wish to be considered for this project are invited to submit a portfolio of up to five work samples (in electronic format). The deadline to submit is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Submissions can be sent via email to For more information, please call the Major Events and Film Office at 604-247-4659.

The Richmond Maritime Festival is part of Richmond Canada 150, a year-long program of events and activities to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. More than 60 events are planned for this special year. For more details, visit