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.

Volunteers form the backbone of Leigh Square’s arts & culture programming. With the ongoing help of dedicated volunteers throughout the year, the Arts & Culture department can produce quality, creative and fun programs for the whole community to enjoy. Our programs are aimed at bringing the community together and enhancing the cultural vibrancy of Port Coquitlam for children, youth, adults and seniors.

As a volunteer with Arts & Culture, you will play an important role in bringing artists and the public together to understand and appreciate the arts and its role in community development.

 

Leigh Square hosts exhibitions of work by emerging/mid-career/established artists and regional/international work on a regular basis in its gallery and display space. We accept proposals for both solo and group shows on an ongoing basis as well as being open to partnerships with non-profits or artists co-ops looking for space to showcase emerging talent. We also host a Winter Artisans Fair annually and accept artisan application each fall.

Leigh Square is home to the Summer in the City Festival, Sunday Coffee Concerts at Terry Fox Theatre and the Winter Artisans Fair, all of which offer opportunities for both emerging and established performers to take the stage. Some of these events feature an open call for performers which appears on our website several months prior to the event.

Leigh Square offers programming for tots, children, school groups, and adults. Find program details on our website or check out the Port Coquitlam Leisure guide for a full listing. You can also show your support for the Arts Village by becoming a member of the Friends of Leigh Square. Check out membership benefits under the Get Involved section of our website.

 

Leigh Square Community Arts Village welcomes the opportunity to work with sponsors/partners in the community to present quality programming and meaningful experiences for Port Coquitlam residents and their families and visitors. Our programs are created to enhance community development.

Leigh Square Community Arts Village organizes many arts and culture programs and events for families and children throughout the year that benefit the community. Current and past sponsors of Leigh Square programs include:

  • Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association(BIA),
  • Tricity News,
  • G&F Financial,
  • Tim Hortons
  • Alliance Printing

Sponsorship packages are tailored to the individual needs of the organization and target audiences you are trying to reach. Many of our public programs, educational programs and Festivals are free or nominally priced and appeal to families. We look forward to working with you!

Contact
Recreation Programmer – Arts and Culture
Tel: 604.927.8400
Email arts@portcoquitlam.ca

Leigh Square functions as a place that promotes connections: supporting partnerships among community organizations and individuals, acting as a catalyst by seeding community programs and projects, and providing the physical space needed for community initiatives.

A partnership program can be an exhibition, performance, series of events, courses or workshops that Leigh Square staff and a community group or association organizes and promotes in collaboration. Projects that significantly advance the vision and mandate of Leigh Square and Work Plan are eligible and partners work closely in developing the project/program/ event. Partnerships provide recreational, social or cultural benefits to the community. Leigh Square’s mandate is to encourage and facilitate community development through arts, culture and heritage. A Leigh Square Partnership has more of a resource-sharing rather than a cost- sharing nature unless it’s a registered program.

Contact
Recreation Programmer – Arts and Culture
Tel: 604.927.8400
Email arts@portcoquitlam.ca

Application Forms

Call for Proposals - Exhibitions

Call for Exhibition Proposals | Michael Wright Art Gallery and Outlet Gallery
Submission Deadline: November 16, 2018 | For Exhibitions in 2019

About
The Michael Wright Art Gallery (MWAG), and Outlet Gallery at Leigh Square feature a rotating program of exhibitions by local and regional artists. Operating as a gallery and community art hub, 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 gallery 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 2019 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

Artists submitting a proposal need to outline a curatorial concept or cohesive exhibition themeThe MWAG and Outlet Gallery exhibit one theme per show including exhibitions composed of multiple artists. We accept proposals from all members of the public and there are 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 provides support to exhibiting artists by providing an artist exhibition fee, digital and printed invitations and show write-ups, exhibition installation, and promotion on the city website, newsletter, press releases, social media and online listings. The galleries also support the sale of artwork.

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

  1. Current CV, maximum three pages
  2. Artist Statement, maximum one page
  3. Statement of proposed work and exhibition theme, maximum two pages
  4. 10 – 15 images of the artworks that you are proposing 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: first initial, last name, sequence number: Example: J_Smith_01. If work is framed please include image of the frame.
  5. List of Works including title, medium, size, year, and price. If the work is not for sale, please label as NFS.
  6. Please read the 2019 – Exhibition Submission Requirements & Guidelines.

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

Selection Process
Exhibitions are selected by a committee including members of PoCo’s arts community on the basis of their submitted material. Please note that submission selection is competitive and only a selection of submissions will be accepted. Artists will receive notice of receipt of submissions. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, up to 4 weeks following the application deadline.

 

Exhibition Proposal Form
Address
City
Province
Postal Code
Country
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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This should not exceed 3 pages. Titled as “CV, Artist Name”
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Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
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Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
This should not exceed 3 pages. Titled as “CV, Artist Name”
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Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
Images must be correctly labelled using the following format: first initial, last name, sequence number. Example: J_Smith_01. The images must meet professional standards and accurately reflect the quality of the original artwork. The selection committee will only review the artwork images submitted, no other images will be reviewed (ie. Website, Instagram etc.). A maximum of 15 images will be reviewed by the selection committee. For group exhibitions, please include no more than 3 images per artist. All images submitted must be jpg format (with .jpg extension); each image must be RGB 72 dpi, 800 x 600 pixels for web use. If your application is successful, we will require higher quality images in CMYK colour profile 300 dpi, 3375 high x 2625 wide pixels for printing use.
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Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
Please read the 2019 - Exhibition Submission Requirements & Guidelines. By submitting this form, you agree to the terms of the 2019 - Exhibition Submission Requirements & Guidelines and the following: o You represent and warrant that you are the creator of the artwork submitted and that you have the copyright to the artwork. o 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. o If selected, you agree to have your artwork reproduced on the City of Port Coquitlam’s website and other media for promotional purposes. o If selected, the Artist(s) shall sign a legal exhibition contract with the City of Port Coquitlam. o 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.
Call for Proposals - Artist-In-Residence

Call for Artists-In-Residence Proposals | Leigh Square
Submission Deadline: November 16, 2018 | For Artist Residencies in 2019

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 and in a creative environment. Residencies are for artists or artist collectives working in the visual, performance, literary, and musical arts. 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 residency is four months for the following three program terms: Jan 1 – April 30, May 1 – Aug 31, Sept 1 – Dec 21, 2019. Artists are required to commit a minimum of 20 hours a week and are supported with an honorarium of $850 dollars for their time.

The Artist-in-Residence is expected to produce and present a public showing of work near the end of the residency (date/term negotiable). Opportunities include:

  • Exhibition in the Michael Wright Art Gallery or Outlet Gallery.
  • Outdoor Public Art produced as part of a City of Port Coquitlam festival or special event.
  • Outdoor Public Art installed in the Leigh Square sculpture garden or a city park.

Artist-In-Residence facilities include:

  • Use of the Artist-in-Residence studio during the following days and times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30am-5:00pm, Thursdays 9:30am-3:00pm, and Saturdays 12:00-5:00pm. *Please note artists are required to properly store their work and materials between studio hours.
  • Secure office and storage space.
  • Studio furniture, sinks, power outlets.
  • Pottery Kiln, subject to availability.
  • 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: Jan 1 – April 30, May 1 – Aug 31, Sept 1 – Dec 21, 2019 (you may provide availability for all three terms).
  • Artist Bio (max half page).
  • Detailed Project Proposal including the public workshops (minimum of two workshops) or outreach program(s) you will deliver as part of your residency. Please include details regarding the methods and mediums you intend to use, and how this residency will help develop your creative practice.
  • Current CV  (maximum 3 pages including your academic, professional and other relevant experience).
  • 10 images of past work (JPG or PNG format). Images must be labeled in the following format: first initial, last name, sequence number: Example: J_Smith_01

Artist Collectives or Collaborative Groups
Please submit a single application including supporting materials on behalf of the whole collective or group. Applications should include no more than 3 images per artist, and individual resumes and bios should be provided for each member. Collaborative groups will be required to share the studio space.

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. Consideration will be given to artists and artist collectives that demonstrate strong artistic work, thoughtful public workshops (minimum of two workshops) or outreach program, and the likelihood that the residency will be of benefit to the artist’s work and development. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, up to 4 weeks following the application deadline.

 

Artists-In-Residence Proposals
Address
City
Province
Postal Code
Country
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.
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
Including the public workshops (minimum of two workshops) or outreach program you will deliver as part of your residency. Please include details regarding the methods and mediums you intend to use, and how this residency will help develop your creative practice.
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
Images must be correctly labelled using the following format: first initial, last name, sequence number. Example: J_Smith_01. The images must meet professional standards and accurately reflect the quality of the original artwork. The selection committee will only review the artwork images submitted, no other images will be reviewed (ie. Website, Instagram etc.). Please submit a minimum of 10 images which will be reviewed by the selection committee. For Artist Collectives or Collaborative Groups, please include no more than 3 images per artist. All images submitted must be jpg format (with .jpg extension); each image must be RGB 72 dpi, 800 x 600 pixels for web use. If your application is successful, we will require higher quality images in CMYK colour profile 300 dpi, 3375 high x 2625 wide pixels for printing use.
By submitting this form, you agree to the terms of this contract and the following: o You represent and warrant that you are the creator of the work submitted and that you have the copyright to the artwork. o 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. o If selected, you agree to have your artwork reproduced on the City of Port Coquitlam’s website and other media for publicity purposes. o If selected, the Artist(s) shall sign a legal contract with the City of Port Coquitlam. o 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.
Call for Submissions - Performers and Musicians

Opportunities for emerging, mid-career and professional musicians.

Submit your application to perform at one of the City of Port Coquitlam’s festivals and events:

  • Music in the Park (emerging, mid-career and professional musicians)
  • Other performance opportunities as they arise throughout the year

Applications will be reviewed and successful applicants contacted. Artist information will be kept on file.

Please email  your application to arts@portcoquitlam.ca with the subject line “Performer Proposal – your name“. Include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Name of performer or group
  • Contact information
  • The concert series of interest (Music in the Park, other performance opportunities as they arise)
  • Website and/or Social Media platforms with a link to a video(s) of past performance(s)
School Program Registration

We are now accepting Field Trip & Outreach Program registration for the school year.

Download the registration form here.

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 6:30pm
Saturday – 9:30am to 5:00pm
Sunday – Closed

Customer Service & Administration Hours:
Monday – Friday 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday – 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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 6:30pm
Saturday – 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday Closed

Customer Service & Administration Hours:
Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday – Closed