Call for submissions – Capture Festival 2021

  • Off-Site
  • October 20, 2020

    Above: Manuel Axel Strain, "Self portrait with mended flesh", installation view at Aberdeen Canada Line Station, Richmond, BC, 2020.

    Richmond Art Gallery and Richmond Public Art Program invite artists and artist collectives  who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or racialized to submit proposals for a photo-based temporary public art work to be presented at the Aberdeen Richmond Canada Line station as part of the Capture Photography in Richmond from April to September, 2021.

    The events of the past few months, with the global impact of COVID-19 and worldwide protests in support of Black Lives Matter, have inspired an urgent re-consideration and re-imagining of public space. Richmond Public Art and the Richmond Art Gallery seek proposals that might address (but are not limited to) questions such as:

    • What stories, histories and voices are under-represented in Richmond?
    • What role does public space and public transit play in creating a better future for our communities?
    • How can we imagine and create safe and accessible public spaces for all residents?
    • In what ways can public space better support, represent or be utilized by Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities?
    • How do notions of placemaking support re-imagining of public space?
    • What role can public art about the personal/social experience (as opposed to commemoration) play in creating new narratives and experiences of public spaces?


    The artist or collective will receive an artist fee of $1,500.00 CAD to produce one or more print-ready digital artwork files. Production and installation costs of the public artwork(s) will be provided by the City of Richmond. The City will also manage the installation and maintenance of the work.


    This opportunity is open to photo-based artists who self-identify as Black, Indigenous and/or racialized persons.


    A three-member selection panel consisting of Black, Indigenous, and racialized artists and community representatives will review all artist submissions and select one artist or artist collective for the project.


    Submission Deadline: October 20, 2020, 5:00pm PDT
    Complete work deadline: December, 2020
    Installation: March 2021
    On display: April 2021 – September 2021 *Schedules are subject to change
    Submission details and application for here


    Please do not hesitate to contact Shaun Dacey, Director at Richmond Art Gallery with any questions:
    Tel: 604-247-8310


    October 20, 2020, 5:00pm PDT


    Above: Manuel Axel Strain, "Self portrait with mended flesh", installation view at Aberdeen Canada Line Station, Richmond, BC, 2020.


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