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.

Exhibition Program

The Michael Wright Art Gallery (MWAG), Outlet Gallery, and City Hall 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.

Free Information Session
Those wishing to refine their application and learn more about the exhibition program are encouraged to sign up for the free information session on Thurs. Feb, 4 from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Participants will be guided through the online application, offered tips for successful exhibitions, and have their questions answered. Please RSVP by emailing arts@portcoquitlam.ca

Exhibition Spaces

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

The Michael Wright Art Gallery is our 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 level of the 23ft high walls. Three-dimensional artwork and installations can be displayed in select areas on the floor of the gallery. The MWAG also features 17ft of additional wall space in the hallway entrance to the gallery (see Fig.3). This space is ideal for large collections of work and group shows. Please see the attached MWAG floor plan.

   

Fig. 1 | MWAG, 23 ft (approx.) walls and 40ft dia (approx.) floor
Fig. 2 | 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. 3) as well as 23ft of wall space (see Fig. 4). Located within the Outlet building, this gallery is ideal for a moderately sized collection of works and the display of small to medium-sized sculptures, pottery, and ceramics. Please see the attached Outlet Gallery floor plan.

Fig. 3 | 20ft of glass display cabinets
Fig. 4 | 23ft of wall space

City Hall Gallery
2580 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam

The City Hall Gallery features 35ft of wall space (see Fig. 5) and is ideal for emerging artists to display two-dimensional works of any media. This space is ideal for small collections of work. This gallery space is reserved for artists residing in Port Coquitlam only.

Fig. 5 | 35ft of wall space

Exhibition Guidelines

Call for Exhibition Proposals | Michael Wright Art Gallery, Outlet Gallery, and City Hall Gallery.
Submission Deadline: February 22, 2021

Exhibition Proposals
Artists submitting an exhibition proposal must outline a curatorial concept or cohesive exhibition theme. The MWAG, Outlet, and City Hall Galleries each exhibit one theme per show, including exhibitions composed of multiple artists. We accept proposals from artists at all stages of their careers.

  • The MWAG and Outlet Gallery are unique and dynamic spaces, and we encourage diverse and creative proposals that inspire and engage the community. There are no geographic restrictions for applicants.
  • The City Hall Gallery exhibits small collections of work from Port Coquitlam residents. These exhibitions are presented in the public domain allowing for an appreciation, understanding, and interpretation of our past and present through gallery programming.

The City of Port Coquitlam supports exhibiting artists with artist fees, marketing materials, and promotion (City website, newsletter, press release, social media). The City also supports the sale of artwork (optional).

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

Michael Wright Art Gallery and Outlet Gallery

  1. C.V. or resume (Max. 2 pages)
  2. Artist Statement (Max. 500 words)
  3. Statement of Proposed Work and Exhibition Theme (Max. 2 pages)
  4. Digital Image List, including filename, title, medium, size, year, and price. If the work is not for sale, please label as NFS.
  5. Images of the artworks: 10 – 20 woks that you propose to exhibit in the MWAG or Outlet Gallery. All works must be available for the exhibition. Images must be labeled to match the corresponding digital image list in the following format: last name, first initial, sequence number. Example: Smith_J_01.jpg

City Hall Gallery 

  1. Artist Bio, including confirmation that the artist resides in Port Coquitlam
  2. Artist Statement (Max. 500 words)
  3. Digital Image List, including filename, title, medium, size, year, and price. If the work is not for sale, please label as NFS.
  4. Images of the artworks: 3 – 10 works that you propose to exhibit in the City Hall Gallery. All works must be available for the exhibition. Images must be labeled to match the corresponding digital image list in the following format: last name, first initial, sequence number. Example: Smith_J_01.jpg

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
Exhibition proposals are reviewed by a selection committee that includes members of Port Coquitlam’s arts community. The selection committee makes recommendations based on the quality of the artists’ submitted material. 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.

If selected, 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.

MWAG and Outlet Gallery Application Form

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.
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
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”
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
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
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
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
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
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.
Maximum upload size: 5MB
Minimum upload size: 1MB per image, to a maximum of 20 images. Images must meet professional standards and accurately reflect the quality of your work. Digital images are used for web and print purposes. All images should be jpg format (with .jpg extension). Images must be labeled to match the corresponding digital image list in the following format: last name, first initial, sequence number. Example: Smith_J_01.jpg
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.

City Hall Gallery Application Form

City Hall Gallery Application
Address
City
Province
Postal Code
Are you a Port Coquitlam resident?
*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.
An artist's bio is a short paragraph about you, the artist. (Max. 500 words)
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)
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
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.
Maximum upload size: 5MB
Minimum upload size: 1MB per image, to a maximum of 10 images. Images must meet professional standards and accurately reflect the quality of your work. Digital images are used for web and print purposes. All images should be jpg format (with .jpg extension). Images must be labeled to match the corresponding digital image list in the following format: last name, first initial, sequence number. Example: Smith_J_01.jpg
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 Program

The 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 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 center 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.

Free Information Session
Those wishing to refine their application and learn more about the Artist-in-Residence program are encouraged to sign up for the free information session on Wed. Feb, 3 from 2:00pm-3:00pm. Participants will be guided through the online application, offered tips for successful residencies, and have their questions answered. Please RSVP by emailing arts@portcoquitlam.ca

Studio Spaces

The Outlet Studio
2248 McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam

The Outlet in Leigh Square features a 370 sq.ft (approx.) indoor residency studio. The studio schedule is coordinated around existing programming and facility operational hours. This space may be used by other programs, and artists are required to properly store their work and materials between studio hours.

Fig. 1 |  Artist-in-Residence studio in The Outlet building, 370 sq.ft (approx.)

The Outlet studio 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.

The studio is available for the following program terms:

  • September 6 – December 17, 2021
  • January 31 – June 27, 2022
  • July 25 – November 18, 2022

Lions Park Fieldhouse Studio
2580 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam

Our Lions Park studio features a 140 sq.ft (approx.) fieldhouse with skylights.  This studio is reserved for an artist working with natural materials and/or creating environmental installations. Residencies are coordinated in consultation with the City Parks department.

Fig. 2 | Fieldhouse at Lions Park, 140 sq.ft (approx.) with skylights

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.

The studio is available for the following program terms:

  • April 5, 2021 – October 8, 2021
  • April 4 – October 7, 2022

 

Artist-In-Residence Guidelines

Call for Artists-In-Residence Proposals | Leigh Square
Submission Deadline: February 22, 2021

In exchange for studio space, artists facilitate a community-engaged arts project, which includes public workshops and/or outreach programs for the local community, as part of their residency.

Artists are required to commit a minimum number of hours per week in the studio, depending on the artist’s proposed project. Artists are also expected to develop and maintain a dedicated on-line presence where residents can follow their project for the duration of their residency (website, blog, and/or social media account).

Artists will be paid an artist fee, to cover research, development, and delivery of community engagement programs taking place during the residency. Artist fees are $3,000 per residency at the Outlet in Leigh Square (3 – 4 months) and $4,800 per residency at Lions Park (5-6 months). A limited budget for materials for public workshops and project documentation is also available, to be negotiated on a project by project basis.

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

Please ensure to include the following information and supporting documents:

  1. C.V. or resume (Max. 3 pages)
  2. Artist Statement (Max. 500 words)
  3. Statement of Intent for Project (Max. 2 pages)
  4. Portfolio or link to website (preferred)
  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 studio space and honorarium.

Selection Process
Artist-in-Residence proposals are reviewed by a selection committee that includes members of Port Coquitlam’s arts community. The selection committee makes recommendations based on the quality of the artists’ 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 selection committee of arts professionals and community representatives review 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
Shortlisted artists or artist collectives will be invited to meet with Arts & Culture staff. This meeting will include an interview, a tour of the facilities, and 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.

Artist-In-Residence Application Form

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.
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
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.”
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
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.
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
Accepted File Formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt
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.”
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
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). 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
Maximum upload size: 134.22MB
Accepted File Formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt, jpg, gif, png
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.
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.

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