City of Vancouver invites local artists to submit proposals for temporary public artworks, each commission paying $5,000

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      The City of Vancouver has just announced that it is inviting submissions for a public art program that will commission temporary artworks by up to 20 local artists, including new and emerging artists.

      Platforms: We Are Here, Live will focus on artists working in video and two-dimensional media, with each commissioned artist receiving $5,000 for the creation, editing, and design of the artwork.

      The city's head of public art, Eric Fredericksen, outlined the program's goal in a press release issued today.

      Platforms: We Are Here, Live highlights the crucial role of public art in our community," said Fredericksen, "by sharing the powerful works of local artists who continue to create from their living rooms and bedrooms and on the streets of the city at this critical moment.

      "Artists offer responses to the conditions of our time," he added, "and their works can help us engage and reconnect as we move through and beyond the pandemic."

      Selected artworks will be displayed on platforms throughout the city starting in November of 2021. For detailed info about the submission guidelines look here.