Call for Proposals
Applicants should respond to and reflect upon Vancouver’s history, heritage and built environment when researching for and developing a concept for The WALL. The primary purpose of the platform is to foster dialogue and create public awareness of our changing city.
The commissioned artist or curator will have the opportunity to virtually explore the vast CBC Archives collection for inspiration and discover images and materials to incorporate into their work.
Interested artists or independent curators should submit a PDF document (4MB maximum) that includes:
- A one-page expression of interest in the project stating why this opportunity is of interest and how it relates to their practice; and what their approach to the project will be. Please note that a description or representation of an idea is not required at this time and if included, will not be shared with the VHF WALL Committee.
- Support material including CVs, exhibition history, samples of past work (maximum 6 images). Here are a few resources for writing artist CVs, resumes and letters of intent from Emily Carr: University of Art and Design’s Writing Centre
- Curatorial proposals should identify how The WALL Project Fee and any additional sources of funding will be distributed.
The PDF should be named as follows: ‘Last Name, First Name, The WALL, day, month, year.pdf’.
Criteria used by the selection committee may include but are not limited to:
- Quality of past work
- Rigor of research as evident in past work
- Clarity of goals and objectives
- Compatibility with the mission of VHF and the theme of Vancouver’s history, heritage and built environment.
Where is The WALL located?
It is located at the CBC building at 700 Hamilton Street between Georgia and Robson Streets in downtown Vancouver.
How long is the artwork on display?
New artwork is installed annually and is displayed for 6 – 18 months.
How is the artwork displayed and installed?
The artworks are produced as a 2D image in a large format, digitally printed on vinyl and installed in a 32’7.5” high x 43’6” wide frame. There is no projection equipment available and the art must not penetrate the building structure or exterior fabric of the building.
Who can apply?
This opportunity is open to emerging and professional artists and independent curators. Proposals from individuals from equity-seeking communities and/or communities that are under-represented in Vancouver’s public art permanent and non-permanent collection are encouraged to apply.
How is the selected artist/curator compensated for their work?
The selected artist/curator will receive a project fee of $6,000 for the research and development of the exhibit, including overseeing the proofing of the work with the printer and providing quality documentation.
What artwork is not eligible?
Pre-existing artwork used for a previous call, placed in a gallery, sold, or any other existing use is not eligible for consideration.
Is the artist/curator responsible for covering installation costs from their project fee and sourcing quotes from contractors?
No, Vancouver Heritage Foundation is responsible for the production, installation and deinstallation of the exhibit and related costs.
How will the artist or curator virtually explore the vast CBC Archives collection for inspiration?
The Archivist & Media Librarian at CBC Vancouver will support the selected artist or curator and provide virtual access to the images and materials available in the CBC Archives collection to incorporate into their work. In-person site visits to the CBC Vancouver building are not available.
Please note that topics of specific historical significance to the local First Nations must only be pursued with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh support.