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.
Richmond Arts Strategy
What is your vision for a vibrant arts scene in Richmond? What role should the City of Richmond play to achieve this vision?
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
Richmond’s Arts Awards recognizes 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.
The City of Richmond and Richmond Arts Coalition are pleased to announce the final recipients of the 2019 Richmond Arts Awards. The winners of each of the six categories were presented thier awards at a special ceremony on Tuesday, May 14.
September 27-29, 2019
Culture Days is an annual collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement that aims to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement in the arts. Each year, Culture Days features 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.
Richmond is a hotbed for Culture Days and in 2018, we ranked 8th nationally for the number of activities on offer. In 2018, Richmond artists, organizations and creative businesses hosted more than 70 free arts and culture activities in over 30 locations around the city.
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% 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 which 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, please contact Katie Varney, Manager, Cultural Development at Katie Varney or 604-247-4941.
The Writer-in-Residence Program is hosted by the Richmond Public Library, Minoru Centre for Active Living and 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% of their time on public programs and projects, leaving 75% 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
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 Rotunda Gallery, Camyar Chaichian
Gateway Theatre, firstname.lastname@example.org
City Hall Galleria, Sofia Stalner
Thompson Community Centre, email@example.com
City Centre Community Centre
South Arm Community Centre
Community Art Exhibitions Submission Form
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. Applications for the 2020 Arts & Culture Grant program will open in late summer 2019 and the deadline will be early November 2019.
For further information regarding the Arts and Culture Grant Program, please contact Katie Varney, Manager, Community Cultural Development at Katie Varney, or
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, please visit the program page.
Richmond Artists Directory - Calling all Artists
Please take a few minutes to add your name to our Artists Directory. 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. 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.
Public Art: 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.