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Public Art Artist Calls, Workshops, Events and More
Are you interested in finding out about future Public Art Artist Calls, workshops and events? Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Public Art list to receive future communications.
Signs of Pride
Check out Signs of Pride, a new public art installation at the West Richmond Community Centre, 9180 No. 1. Road. The project was unveiled on July 30, 2021 as part of Richmond’s Pride Week. Local LGBTQ2+ youth and professional artists Sam McWilliams, Paige Gratland, and Phranc worked in collaboration through June and July to create the artwork. The project explored meaningful conversations surrounding community, safe places, career art endeavours and creative art and placemaking activities. Through mentorship and creative skills-based sharing activities, the youth collaborated with the artists to produce a legacy artwork. The public art installation is located on a series of three exterior columns on the west façade of the West Richmond Community Centre. This project was commissioned by the City of Richmond in partnership with the West Richmond Community Association.
2021 Culture Days
The Richmond Public Art Program is offering a number of family-friendly events and activities to participate in during this year’s Culture Days. The one month festival is a great way to engage with artists in your community and to try something new. The following events and activities are free and presented by the Richmond Public Art Program in partnership with organizations across the city. Please note that some events may require advance registration.
Artist Salon with Signs of Pride
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate
Join LGBTQ2+ youth artists and professional artists Sam McWilliams, Paige Gratland, and Phranc as they discuss their public art project at the West Richmond Community Centre, created to amplify and celebrate Pride Week 2021 in Richmond. Hear what it was like for the both the artists and the youth to work on developing a community art project, and insight into what artists need to consider when planning works or programs that work directly with a community. This session will be in-person with limited seating, and hosted online as a livestream on the Richmond Art Gallery’s Facebook Page.
This event is presented by the Richmond Art Gallery in partnership with the Richmond Public Art Program.
To register for this event.
Richmond Public Art Walking Tour
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Meet at the Richmond Curling Club,
5540 Hollybridge Way.
Accessible free parking is available on site.
The Richmond Public Art Program invites you on an accessible walking tour of public art works situated in the Olympic Oval Precinct. The tour will cover works sited around Gilbert Road, River Road and the Richmond Olympic Oval. It will include recent additions to the collection such as Water off Duck’s Back by Douglas Coupland, Wind Flowers by Alyssa Schwann and Mike Seymour as well as established works such as Water Sky Garden by Janet Echelman. The tour will be led by Biliana Velkova, Public Art Planner.
To register for this event.
Whimsical Garden: Four Directions Canoe Garden Party
Saturday, September 25, 2021
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
William Cook Elementary School and Neighbourhood Park,
8600 Cook Road
Join artists of the Creative Cafe Collective: J Peachy, Pat Calihou, Tiffany Yang, Melissa West Morrison, Yolanda Weeks, Simon Daniel James and special guest Ian Lai, Executive Director of Urban Bounty (formerly the Richmond Food Security Society) in a family-friendly event to celebrate the "Four Directions Canoe Garden" as part of "Whimsical Garden", a year-long artist residency project in collaboration with grade 4 and 5 students at William Cook Elementary School. Artist-led tours of the garden will occur at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. Local and Indigenous inspired snacks and tea will be served. Family-friendly eco art-making activities with the art cart will be available. Visitors can also participate in a natural salve-making demonstration using local beeswax and Indigenous plants. The natural salves will be offered to the public by donation for Urban Bounty.
Family friendly event for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Richmond Public Art Self-Guided Mural Tour*
September 25 to October 24, 2021
Suggested Location to Start Tour:
T. Homma Neighbourhood Park
5100 Brunswick Drive
The Richmond Public Art Program invites you to take a self guided tour of six new murals created through the 2021 Community Mural Program.
For more information
*This is a self guided tour that can be completed by bike or car.
**Please note that there is limited parking near the sites.
StoryWalk(R) with Rachel Rozanski and Richmond Public Library
Saturday, September 25, 2021 and
Saturday, October 2, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Meet at Minoru Park playground
7191 Granville Avenue
Registration is Required.
A StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity that promotes literacy, learning and outdoor play. Individual pages of a storybook are mounted on trees. Children follow the narrative by visiting each tree in sequence. Join us as we take to the forest for a nature-inspired reading journey from beginning to end. This event will take place rain or shine at the Minoru Park Playground near the Brighouse Library. Depending on public health orders, this program may be moved to a virtual online format. This event is part of Exploring Ecology Through Place, an artist-initiated project by Rachel Rozanski and commissioned by the Richmond Public Art Program in partnership with the Richmond Public Library.
Water off a Duck’s Back
by Douglas Coupland
6622 Pearson Way
Richmond’s waters are home to many species of birds including ducks, most of which are at their most visible during seasonal migration. In this work we see a quartet of waterfowl drakes: a Harlequin duck, a Wood duck, a Mallard duck and a Mandarin duck. A water feature heightens the simple joy of both wild and introduced birds, and the richness they bring to those lucky enough to share their habitat.
2021 Community Mural Program
Six new murals have been painted as part of the 2021 Community Mural Program. The murals provide opportunities to add vibrancy to highly visible public spaces, foster community dialogue and cross-cultural exchange, and engage diverse and multi-generational communities.
Westwind Elementary School
11371 Kingfisher Drive
Mural by Dawn Lo and April dela Noche Milne
McMath Secondary School
4251 Garry Street
Mural by Dean and Christina Lauzé
Thompson Elementary School
6211 Forsyth Crescent
Mural by Fiona Tang
6500 Gilbert Road
Mural by Carmen Chan
12651 Mitchell Road
Mural by Karen Yurkovich and Tristesse Seeliger
Image credit: Saturday Morning Kind of Love by Carmen Chan
2021 Engaging Artists in Community Program
This year’s Engaging Artists in Community projects are in partnership with the Richmond Public Library, Richmond School District 38 and Richmond Multicultural Community Services. For more information, please visit the project website links below for current updates and free public program offerings.
By J Peachy, supported by Pat Calihou, Melissa West Morrison, Yolanda Weeks and Tiffany Yang.
This project is currently underway and offers grade 4 and 5 students at William Cook Elementary (8600 Cook Road) the opportunity to activate outdoor spaces in their school yard through a series of virtual and outdoor in-person art activities and workshops incorporating Indigenous carving, puppetry and eco-arts. Once complete, the legacy artwork will be installed on the school grounds by June 2022 to be enjoyed by park visitors and neighbourhood residents alike.
For more information about this project, visit: cookcreativecafe.wordpress.com
Exploring Ecology Through Place
By Rachel Rozanski
Exploring Ecology Through Place is presented in partnership with the Richmond Public Library and invites community members to make art inspired by Richmond’s natural heritage and unique ecological network. From May through October, Ms. Rozanski will present free art and ecology-based workshops including, Gyotaku printmaking, printing with ocean life, field book creation and drawing, and Cyanotype printing. All activities will comply with the latest COVID-19 Provincial Health Orders and will be presented in a safe and controlled way. The project will conclude in November with a celebration of the collaboration with community participants and the presentation of the final legacy project to be unveiled for public display at a Richmond Public Library branch.
For more information about this project, visit: exploringecology.wixsite.com.
Stories of Home: Past and Present
By Jean Bradbury
What do you miss from home? What do you love about your new home? Newcomers who speak Arabic and Farsi are invited to join artist Jean Bradbury in a community-based public art project. The artist will lead a small cohort of participants in a series of art workshops to create simple comic book style drawings, combining painting and drawing. Participants will be invited to share their stories of home, culture and community. A final legacy artwork will be produced and presented in collaboration with project participants. The workshops will be held every Saturday, beginning August 7 to October 9, 2021 from 10 am to noon at Richmond Multicultural Community Services, #210-7000 Minoru Blvd. All ages welcome. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. These workshops will take place outdoors at Brighouse Park or Minoru Park in small groups. A COVID-19 safety plan will be in place to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers and staff. Language translators will be present during the workshops. To register for the project, visit rmcs.bc.ca.
For more information about this project, visit: www.storiesofhome-pastandpresent.blogspot.com.
2021 No. 3 Road Art Columns Exhibition 15, Part I
The current exhibition showcases the work of Richmond artists Glen Anderson, Fanny Bok Yin Tang and Keely O’Brien who have created work in response to the theme of Hope, Resilience and Strength. This exhibition is on display until August 14 and is part of the #RichmondHasHeart campaign, an initiative that aims to bring the community, residents and businesses together to show their support for those working to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and to explore new and meaningful ways to find connection while maintaining physical distancing protocols. For more information visit: No. 3 Road Art Columns
Image credit: Keely O’Brien, "Dearest", 2021. Courtesy of the Artist.