Opportunities for Artists

Find opportunities for local and regional visual and performing artists and musicians including calls for public art, exhibitions, Artist-In-Residence program, performances and shows.

Application Forms

Exhibition Application Form

Call for Exhibition Proposals | Michael Wright Art Gallery and Outlet Gallery
Submission Deadline Extended: October 28, 2019 @ 6:00PM | For Exhibitions in 2020

About
The Michael Wright Art Gallery (MWAG), and Outlet Gallery at Leigh Square feature a rotating program of exhibitions by local and regional artists. The exhibitions advance knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by integrating art into community life and contributing significantly to the cultural landscape of Port Coquitlam.

The galleries welcomes proposals from artists for exhibitions in all media and subject matter, including solo or group shows of two or more artists.

Exhibition Spaces
We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020 exhibition schedule. Artists are invited to submit proposals for either the MWAG or Outlet Gallery, or a combination of both.

Michael Wright Art Gallery (MWAG)
2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam

The MWAG is Leigh Square’s primary exhibition space. Designed as a circular building, the MWAG features a 23ft (approx.) high ceiling, rounded walls and a 40ft (approx.) diameter floor space (see Fig.1). Artwork can be hung on the lower and upper levels of the 23ft high walls (see Fig.2). Three dimensional artwork and installations can be displayed in select areas on the floor of the gallery. Six portable glass display cases measuring 1’2”w, 1’d, 5’h can be installed in the gallery. The MWAG also features 17ft of additional wall space in the hallway entrance to the gallery (see Fig.3). Please see the attached MWAG floor plan.

    

Fig. 1 | MWAG, 23 ft (approx.) walls and 40ft dia (approx.) floor
Fig. 2 | MWAG, artwork can be hung on the lower and upper levels of the 23ft high ceiling walls
Fig. 3 | Additional wall space in the hallway entrance to the gallery

Outlet Gallery
2248 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam

The Outlet Gallery features 20ft of glass display cabinets (see Fig. 4) as well as 23ft of wall space (see Fig. 5). Located within the Outlet building, the gallery is ideal for the display of small to medium sized sculpture of any media, as well as pottery and ceramics. Please see the attached Outlet Gallery floor plan.

Fig. 4 | 20ft of glass display cabinets
Fig. 5 | 23ft of wall space

Exhibition Proposals
Artists submitting an exhibition proposal must outline a curatorial concept or cohesive exhibition theme. The MWAG and Outlet Gallery each exhibit one theme per show, including exhibitions composed of multiple artists. We accept proposals from artists at all stages of their careers, with no geographic restrictions. The MWAG and Outlet Gallery are unique and dynamic spaces, and we encourage diverse and creative proposals that inspire and engage the community.

The City of Port Coquitlam supports exhibiting artists with artist exhibition fees ($250 per exhibition), digital and printed invitations and show write-ups, exhibition installation, and promotion (city website, newsletter, press release, social media). The City also support the sale of artwork (optional).

Exhibition proposals must include all of the following items to be considered:

  1. Current CV, maximum two pages
  2. Artist Statement, maximum 500 words
  3. Statement of proposed work and exhibition theme, maximum 1,000 words
  4. 10 – 15 images of the artworks that you propose to exhibit. All works must be available for the exhibition. Images must be labeled to match the corresponding List of Works in the following format: last name, first initial, sequence number. Example: Smith_J_01.jpg
  5. List of Works, including filename, title, medium, size, year, and price. If the work is not for sale, please label as NFS.
  6. Please read the Exhibition Submission Requirements & Guidelines

Proposed artwork must not have been displayed in the MWAG or Outlet Gallery within two years of application. For the exhibition, artwork must be provided exhibition-ready: works on paper must be matted and framed; canvases must be on a stretcher with finished edges or framed; three-dimensional works (for the wall or free standing) must have appropriate hanging and/or supporting structures.

Artist Collectives or Collaborative Groups
If submitting an application on behalf of a collective or as part of a collaborative proposal, one lead artist should provide their address and contact information, with the names of the other artists listed in the statement of proposed work and exhibition theme. Applications should include work samples from each artist (to a maximum of 20 total images, for other mediums please contact arts@portcoquitlam.ca), and individual resumes and bios should be provided for each artist. Collaborative groups will be required to share the gallery space and honorarium.

Selection Process
Exhibitions are chosen by a selection committee that includes members of Port Coquitlam’s arts community. The selection committee bases its decisions solely on the quality of artists’ submitted material. Exhibition selection is competitive and only a small number of submissions are accepted each year. Artists will receive notice of receipt of submissions. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application 4 to 6 weeks after the application deadline.

 

Exhibition Proposal Form
Address
City
Province
Postal Code
File Naming
Before you begin this application please confirm that you understand:
*Although the City of Port Coquitlam will consider the gallery space and exhibition period you have selected in your application, ultimately the City reserves the right to assign the gallery space and timing of the show.
*Although the City of Port Coquitlam will consider the gallery space and exhibition period you have selected in your application, ultimately the City reserves the right to assign the gallery space and timing of the show.
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A CV or curriculum vitae is an overview of your artistic professional history and achievements.
This should not exceed 2 pages. Titled as “CV, Artist Name”
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An artist statement is an artist's written description of their work and/or artistic practice. The intention is to help the viewer better understand the artist’s work.
Max. 500 words
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This written proposal is a detailed concept for the exhibition. Please include a working title for your exhibition, the ideas behind your exhibition, how many works you intend to showcase and in what mediums, and any specific requirements of how the show will be displayed or presented (including whether the works are two dimensional or three dimensional), etc. If you are interested in presenting an artist talk, demonstration or workshop inconjunction with your exhibition, please include a description.
Max 1000 words
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This list provides details about the digital images included in your submission. Please include filename, title, medium, size, year, and price. If the work is not for sale, please label as NFS.
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Minimum upload size: 1MB (Maximum 5MB) per image, max 15 images (minimum 10) The most important part of your application is the quality of your work.The only way the Selection Committee sees your work is through the images you provide. The Selection Committee will review a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 images per proposal. Images must meet professional standards and accurately reflect the quality of your work. For group exhibitions, please include no more than 3 images per artist. Digital images are used for web and print purposes. All images should be jpg format (with .jpg extension). All uploaded files are required to be labeled using the following format: last name, first initial, sequence number. Example: Smith_J_01.jpg
Please read the Exhibition Submission Requirements & Guidelines. By submitting this form, you agree to the terms of the Exhibition Submission Requirements & Guidelines and the following:
• You represent and warrant that you are the creator of the artwork submitted and that you have the copyright to the artwork.
• You agree to grant the City of Port Coquitlam the right to use artwork photographs for promotional and/or documentation purposes of the event/exhibition.
• If selected, you agree to have your artwork reproduced on the City of Port Coquitlam’s website and other media for promotional purposes.
• If selected, the Artist(s) shall sign a legal exhibition contract with the City of Port Coquitlam.
• You understand that incomplete submissions and image submissions not properly labelled will not be considered by the selection committee.
Please type your First and Last Name.
I understand that by typing my first and last name constitutes a legal signature confirming that I acknowledge and agree to the above waiver.

Artist-In-Residence Application Form

Call for Artists-In-Residence Proposals | Leigh Square
Submission Deadline: November 6, 2019 6:00PM | For Artist Residencies in 2020

About
The Leigh Square Artist-in-Residence program is a self-directed residency offering artists the opportunity to research, develop, and produce new or ongoing bodies of work with dedicated studio time. The Artist-in-Residence program offers opportunities for artists to work in the community, to develop arts-based engagement activities, and to deliver creative projects that generate meaningful connections. The Artist-in-Residence program encourages artists to work collaboratively with community members (who may or may not see themselves as creative) in initiatives where the participants take a central role as creators, producers, and performers, or as active audiences for the project.  Our residencies are open to artists or artist collectives working in the visual, performance, literary, and musical arts.

The City of Port Coquitlam Artist-in-Residence program does not offer a live-in residency, and takes place in a community centre setting with shared studio resources.  Artists interested in the program should live or work in Metro Vancouver, BC, Canada, within reasonable commuting distance from the facilities.

For 2020, two spaces are available:

  • A 370 sq.ft (approx.) Artist in Residence studio in The Outlet building. The studio is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30am-5:00pm, Thursdays 9:30am-3:00pm, and Saturdays 12:00-5:00pm. *Please note: As this space is used by other programs outside of these hours, artists are required to properly store their work and materials between studio hours.
  • A 140 sq.ft (approx.) fieldhouse with skylights at Lions Park, for an artist working with natural materials and/or creating environmental installations. This residency will be coordinated in consultation with the City Parks department.

Fig. 1 | Artist-in-Residence studio in The Outlet building, 370 sq.ft (approx.)
Fig. 2 | Fieldhouse at Lions Park, 140 sq.ft (approx.) with skylights

In exchange for studio space, artists facilitate public workshops and outreach programs for the local community as part of their residency. The duration of the residencies vary for the following program terms: February 3 – June 26, 2020; July 22 – November 19, 2020; February 1 – June 25, 2021; Eco-arts residency in Lions Park April 6 – October 5, 2020. Artists are required to commit a minimum number of hours per week in studio, depending on the artist’s proposed project. Artists are paid an honorarium of $1500.

The Artist-in-Residence is invited to produce and present a public showing of work during their residency. Opportunities include:

  • Outdoor public art or performance produced as part of a City of Port Coquitlam festival or special event.
  • Temporary or ephemeral outdoor public art installed in the Leigh Square sculpture garden or a city park.
  • Performance, reading, artist talk, etc.

Submission Requirements and Guidelines

Artist-In-Residence studio facility includes:

  • Office desk and computer.
  • Limited storage space.
  • Work tables and chairs.
  • Power outlets.
  • Access to water, kitchen facilities, and pottery kiln, by arrangement.
  • Artists are responsible for personal expenses including materials related to their work during their residency tenure.

Lions Park fieldhouse facility includes:

  • Limited storage space.
  • Work tables and chairs.
  • Power outlets.
  • Access to water in nearby public washroom.
  • Access to park facilities and natural environment. Use of natural materials must be coordinated with Parks staff.
  • Artists are responsible for personal expenses including materials related to their work during their residency tenure.

Please ensure to include the following information and supporting documents:

  • Include name, address, email, and telephone number.
  • Available program term dates: February 3 – June 26, 2020; July 22 – November 19, 2020; February 1 – June 25, 2021; Eco-arts residency in Lions Park April 6 – October 5, 2020 (you may provide availability for all four terms).
  • Attachment # 1 – C.V. or resume (Max. 3 pages)
  • Attachment # 2 – Artist Statement (Max. 500 words)
  • Attachment # 3 – Statement of Intent for Project (Max. 2 pages)
  • Attachment # 4 – Portfolio or link to website (preferred)
  • Attachment # 5 – 2 Professional References

Artist Collectives or Collaborative Groups
If submitting an application on behalf of a collective or as part of a collaborative proposal, one lead artist should provide their address and contact information, with the names of the other artists listed in the statement of intent. Applications should include work samples from each artist (to a maximum of 20 total images, for other mediums please contact arts@portcoquitlam.ca), and individual resumes and bios should be provided for each artist. Collaborative groups will be required to share the studio space and honorarium.

Selection Process
The Artist-in-Residence is chosen by a panel including members of PoCo’s arts community on the basis of their submitted material. The ideal candidate will have training in their field, be self-directed, and able to work independently. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to artistic excellence, as well as an interest in experimentation and innovative ideas. The successful residency candidate will be willing to work with the local community and develop their professional practice.

Shortlist
The review panel of arts professionals and community representatives reviews each project with advice from Arts & Culture staff.

The review panel will shortlist artists who meet the program criteria:

  • Artistic merit and experience in relevant disciplines.
  • Experience, inventiveness, and attitude about working collaboratively with community members.
  • Knowledge and skills required to facilitate, coordinate, and complete the proposed project.
  • Project proposals that include arts-based engagement activities that generate meaningful connections.

Interviews
Arts & Culture staff will interview each shortlisted artist or artist collective. This will also include a tour of the facilities and is an opportunity for the artist(s) to ask any questions related to the residency program to ensure the residency would be mutually beneficial.

Final selection
Arts & Culture staff will award residencies to artists or artist collectives based on the program criteria listed above, the strength of the interview, and reference checks.

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately 6 weeks following the application deadline.

Artists-In-Residence Proposals
Address
City
Province
Postal Code
File Naming
Before you begin this application please confirm that you understand:
*Although the City of Port Coquitlam will consider the residency term you have selected in your application, ultimately the City reserves the right to assign the residencies based on the availability of the studio space.
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Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
Accepted File Formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt
A CV or curriculum vitae is an overview of your artistic professional history and achievements. This should not exceed 3 pages. Titled as “CV, Artist Name.”
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Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
Accepted File Formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt
An artist statement is an artist's written description of their work and/or artistic practice. The intention is to help the viewer better understand the artist’s work. Max. 500 words. *Writers: attach a brief description of overarching concerns or themes.
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Outline the ways in which you intend to engage the public through art – i.e. the activities or programs you will facilitate as part of your residency. These may include workshops, lectures, special events, demonstrations, classes, or any other public event that will contribute to the requirement within each residency category. Please be sure to include any special requirements re: equipment, workshop, space, etc. This should not exceed 2 pages. Titled as “Statement of Intent, Artist Name.”
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ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A WEBSITE WITH PORTFOLIO – Submit samples of recent work in one file of combined images (to a maximum of 20 total images, for other mediums please contact arts@portcoquitlam.ca). Please keep image files as small as possible. Maximum recommended individual image file size is under 250kb. Accepted file formats are pdf, jpg, gif, png, doc, txt. For video or sound work, please include a link to a portfolio of your work online. If accepted into the program, the artist agrees to allow use of images provided and approved by the artist/author for advertising and promotional purposes only.
Please attach contact information for two professional references
Additional Attachments - Please supply any additional information that you feel may be pertinent to your application
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By submitting this form, you agree to the terms of this contract and the following:
• You represent and warrant that you are the creator of the work submitted and that you have the copyright to the artwork.
• You agree to grant the City of Port Coquitlam the right to use the artwork photographs for promotional and/or documentation purposes of the event/exhibition.
• If selected, you agree to have your artwork reproduced on the City of Port Coquitlam’s website and other media for publicity purposes.
• If selected, the Artist(s) shall sign a legal contract with the City of Port Coquitlam.
• You understand that submissions received without all of the items required and without the proper file naming format will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the committee.

Call for Emerging Performers | Summer in the City

Deadline: Monday, February 25 2019

The City of Port Coquitlam invites Emerging Performers to apply for the 2019 Summer in the City Arts, Culture & Entertainment Festival, an annual two-month long festival in July and August.  The festival includes sizzling stage performances by emerging and professional performers, popular films screened in local parks, and the Farmer’s Market. Port Coquitlam residents and visitors gather with family and friends for fun summer experiences each week. All events are free and take place at Leigh Square, the City’s centre for arts, culture and heritage, as well as local parks. Emerging performers of all musical and performance genres are invited to apply.

Summer in the City performances advance knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the performing arts and integrate art into community life, contributing to the cultural landscape of Port Coquitlam.  The City provides performing artists with an honorarium, on-site event support, and promotion in digital and printed Summer in the City catalogues, and on the city website, newsletter, press releases, social media and online listings.

All applications must be completed online.

If you cannot complete an application online, please contact:

Lesley Perrie
T: 604-927-8442| E: arts@portcoquitlam.ca 

Selection Process

Performers are selected by a committee. Please note that submission selection is competitive and only a selection of submissions will be accepted. Selection will be made from the material submitted by the artist with the application. Consideration will also be given based on the artist’s past performances in Port Coquitlam and Metro Vancouver. The committee will select performers based on the originality and artistic merit of their work, professionalism and suitability of content for the Summer in the City Festival. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, up to 6 weeks following the application deadline.

Contracts

Accepted performers are required to sign a contract with The City of Port Coquitlam specifying payment, technical requirements and liability insurance. In some cases liability insurance can be waved for performances with low risk. Risk is assessed by the City at its sole discretion. Accepted performers will grant The City of Port Coquitlam permission to use submitted materials for publicity purposes on the city web site as well as in print and digital, before, during and after the Festival.

Remuneration

$150 – $300 per performance depending on experience.

Location

Performances will take place on an outdoor stage, with a professional sound system and technician in the heart of Downtown Port Coquitlam.

Call for Emerging Performers Application Form
Address
City
Province
Postal Code
Live performance is a very important aspect of our evaluation process, which is why we provide you with the opportunity to present that to us either with audio or video clips. Please provide relevant Facebook, YouTube or website links to help us make the best evaluation of your performance.
*Although the City of Port Coquitlam will consider the dates you have selected in your application, ultimately the City reserves the right to assign dates as available.
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Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
Drop a file here or click to upload Choose File
Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
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Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
By submitting this form you agree to the following: • You represent and warrant that you are the creator of the work submitted and that you have the copyright to the work. • You agree to grant the City of Port Coquitlam the right to use submitted materials for archival, publicity, and web site purposes before, during and after the Festival. If selected, you agree to have your artwork reproduced on the City of Port Coquitlam’s website and other media for promotional purposes. • If selected, the Artist(s) shall sign a legal contract with the City of Port Coquitlam. • You understand that an incomplete submission will not be considered by the selection committee.

Call for Professional Musicians | Summer in the City

Deadline: Monday, February 25 2019

The City of Port Coquitlam invites Professional Musicians to apply for the 2019 Summer in the City Arts, Culture & Entertainment Festival, an annual two-month long festival in July and August.  The festival includes sizzling stage performances by emerging and professional performers, popular films screened in local parks, and the Farmer’s Market. Port Coquitlam residents and visitors gather with family and friends for fun summer experiences each week. All events are free and take place at Leigh Square, the City’s centre for arts, culture and heritage, as well as local parks. Professional Musicians of all musical genres are invited to apply. Summer in the City performances advance knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the performing arts and integrate art into community life, contributing to the cultural landscape of Port Coquitlam.  The City provides performing artists with a performance fee, on-site event support, and promotion in digital and printed Summer in the City catalogues, and on the city website, newsletter, press releases, social media and online listings.

All applications must be completed online.

Selection Process

Performers are selected by a committee. Please note that submission selection is competitive and only a selection of submissions will be accepted. Selection will be made from the material submitted by the artist with the application. Consideration will also be given based on the artist’s past performances in Port Coquitlam and Metro Vancouver. The committee will select performers based on the originality and artistic merit of their work, professionalism and suitability of content for the Summer in the City Festival. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, up to 6 weeks following the application deadline.

Contracts

Accepted performers are required to sign a contract with The City of Port Coquitlam specifying payment, technical requirements and liability insurance. In some cases liability insurance can be waved for performances with low risk. Risk is assessed by the City at its sole discretion. Accepted performers will grant The City of Port Coquitlam permission to use submitted materials for publicity purposes on the city web site as well as in print and digital, before, during and after the Festival.

Remuneration

$600 – $1000 per performance depending on experience

Location

Performances will take place on an outdoor stage, with a professional sound system and technician in the heart of Downtown Port Coquitlam.

Call for Professional Musicians Application Form
Address
City
Province
Postal Code
Country
Live performance is a very important aspect of our evaluation process, which is why we provide you with the opportunity to present that to us either with audio or video clips. Please provide relevant Facebook, YouTube, or website links to help us make the best evaluation of your performance.
*Although the City of Port Coquitlam will consider the dates you have selected in your application, ultimately the City reserves the right to assign dates as available.
Drop a file here or click to upload Choose File
Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
Drop a file here or click to upload Choose File
Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
Drop a file here or click to upload Choose File
Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
By submitting this form you agree to the following: • You represent and warrant that you are the creator of the work submitted and that you have the copyright to the work. • You agree to grant the City of Port Coquitlam the right to use submitted materials for archival, publicity, and web site purposes before, during and after the Festival. If selected, you agree to have your artwork reproduced on the City of Port Coquitlam’s website and other media for promotional purposes. • If selected, the Artist(s) shall sign a legal contract with the City of Port Coquitlam. • You understand that an incomplete submission will not be considered by the selection committee.

Contact

The Outlet & Arts and Culture Administration
#110 – 2248 McAllister Avenue
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 2A5

Tel 604.927.8442
Email arts@portcoquitlam.ca

Facility Hours:
Monday to Friday – 9:30am to 6:00pm
Saturday – 9:30am to 5:00pm
Sunday – Closed

Customer Service & Administration Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:30am to 6:00pm
Saturday – 9:30am to 5:00pm
Sunday – Closed

Contact

The Gathering Place & Recreation Administration
#200 – 2253 Leigh Square Place
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3B8

Tel: 604.927.7900
Email arts@portcoquitlam.ca

Facility Hours:
Monday to Friday – 9:30am to 6:00pm
Saturday – 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday Closed

Customer Service & Administration Hours:
Monday to Friday – Closed
Saturday & Sunday – Closed