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. This page is designed to be a resource for these individuals and groups.
During these unprecedented times we are committed to helping the arts stay vital and relevant to our community and the programs listed here are constantly adapting to best serve our arts and culture practitioners. The following programs occur annually or year-round. For more information about these programs contact Camyar Chaichian, Acting Manager, Community Cultural Development at Camyar.Chaichian@richmond.ca or 604-247-8326.
Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. Each year, millions of people across the country attend participatory events and art-filled activities across the country. Join us for a cultural celebration featuring Richmond-based artists, groups and organizations. There is something for everyone! Visit culturedays.ca for details about arts and culture activities, online live-stream events, digital content and self-guided programs.
For more information about Richmond's Culture Days, contact Todd Evanger, Arts Programmer, Todd.Evanger@richmond.ca or 604-247-8320.
Branscombe House Artist Residency
Branscombe House Artist Residency takes place in the recently restored Edwardian style house located in the residential area of historic Steveston. The 11-month residency program is an opportunity for artists with a community-engaged practice to create new work in exchange for 100 per cent subsidized two-bedroom upstairs suite. During the residency, artists establish a presence in the community, spending time developing a body of work and engaging the public in programming that may include workshops, exhibitions, demos and legacy projects on the Branscombe site, community centres, schools and events/festivals.
Details about the current residency can be found on the Branscombe Artist Residency page.
For further information regarding the Artist-in-Residence program, contact Todd Evanger, Arts Programmer, at Todd.Evanger@richmond.ca or 604-247-8320.
Richmond Artists Directory – Sign up for the E-Blast
Take a few minutes to add your name to our Artists Directory and receive regular updates announcing the latest artist calls for projects and grants, artist focussed professional development workshops, promotional opportunities and relevant news from the world of Arts and Culture. It also provides a resource in case of opportunities for the City to hire local artists.
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, strategies and planning. The information provided will not be shared, nor used for any non-official City of Richmond business or communication.
The City of Richmond recently launched a new Arts Strategy, designed to enrich Richmond's quality of life through broad accessibility and engagement with the arts. The new Richmond Arts Strategy 2019-2024 serves as a guide for decision-making to empower ideas, people and resources around a shared vision and set of goals, strategies and tactics. For information about the Strategy and to find out other ways to get involved in the arts in Richmond, visit howartworks.ca.
Richmond Arts Awards Update - 2020 Recipients announced
For full details visit Richmond Arts Awards.
The Richmond Arts Awards recognize the artistic achievements and contributions to the arts community by city residents, artists, educators, organizations and business leaders. Each year, awards are presented in six categories: Business and the Arts, Arts Volunteerism, Cultural Leadership, Artistic Innovation, Arts Education and Youth Arts.
Nominations for the 2020 Richmond Arts Awards are now closed.
Though the annual ceremony originally scheduled for May 12, 2020, was cancelled due to physical distancing protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe, now more than ever, that the arts, and the many individuals who help keep our spirits nurtured through the arts, should be recognized.
Recipients of Richmond Arts Awards in the six categories will be announced in the last week of July and each be profiled throughout the summer via a range of promotional outlets and social media platforms.
To learn more, please visit Richmond Arts Awards.
For more information about this program contact Camyar Chaichian, Acting Manager,
Community Cultural Development at firstname.lastname@example.org. or 604-247-8326
Art at Work:
Professional Development Workshop Series for Artists
Art at Work is a series of workshops and events designed to provide artists with the knowledge and skills required for pursuing a professional arts practice in the fields of public art, visual art and community arts.
The workshops and events aim to provide artists with practical, inspiring and career enhancing programming; support the growth and development of the arts and culture sector in Richmond; and encourage networking and sharing within the arts and culture community.
To find out about upcoming Art at Work Workshops, visit the program page.
Richmond Art Gallery Artist Salon
The Artist Salon is an opportunity for emerging and established artists to meet other artists, learn from other arts professionals, share or create work, and discuss upcoming opportunities in the arts community. Each month will present a different guest presenter for inspirational art talks or professional development for visual artists. The Salon is currently happening via Zoom webinar. For more information click here.
The Writer-in-Residence Program is hosted by the Richmond Public Library, Minoru Centre for Active Living and the Richmond Arts Centre. It is aimed at delivering hands-on programming that helps local residents foster a greater appreciation for Canadian writing. This full-time residency position runs from September 30 to November 30 each year. Authors spend 25 per cent of their time on public programs and projects, leaving 75 per cent of the work week available for creative writing. For more information on the program and events, visit Writer-in-Residence. Past writers include Andrew Battershill, Nilofar Shidmehr, Karen X. Tulchinsky, Caroline Adderson, Nancy Lee, Mark Leiren-Young and Sally Stubbs.
Community Art Exhibitions
There are several opportunities for local artists to present exhibitions of their work including City Hall’s Galleria, Richmond Cultural Centre’s Rotunda Gallery, Gateway Theatre, City Centre Community Centre and Thompson Community Centre. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19, all facilities are currently closed. As re-opening plans are created in the future, information about how to submit work can be found right here. In the meantime, the Richmond Arts Centre has created an online gallery featuring work from some of the Centre’s community partners.
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, visit the City Grant Program page. Applications for the 2020 Arts & Culture Grant program opened in late summer 2019 with the deadline early November 2019.
For further information regarding the Arts and Culture Grant Program, contact Camyar Chaichian, Acting Manager, Community Cultural Development at email@example.com or 604-247-8326.
Public Art: Call to Artists
The City of Richmond Public Art Program invites artists to participate in call to artist opportunities in Richmond. Visit the Call to Artists page to view current listings.