Temporary Public Art Program

Each year, artists are invited to submit proposals for temporary public art. Submissions are reviewed by a selection committee, and successful artworks are installed in City parks and public spaces for one year.

New temporary art for Nanaimo in 2020

Joy of Life by Joanne Helm


Made of bronze, this sculpture is a portrait of the artist’s beloved companion, called Krispy, who was a champion Standard Wire Dachshund. Of this artwork Helm says, “I wanted to illustrate her joy.”  Located at Maffeo Sutton Park.

Name Your Dog! by Joel A. Prévost


Hand-crafted of white stained concrete, this playful companion dog welcomes visitors to our park and invites imagination. The artist, Joel, wanted to create a sculpture that children would love to interact with. What would you name this dog?  Located at Maffeo Sutton Park.  Photo by Denise Tierney.

Jardinière by Deryk & Samuel Houston


Made by a father and son team, this mixed-media artwork is light and airy vessel, holding blue glass flowers.  Located at Maffeo Sutton Park.  Photo by Samuel Houston.

Coming soon

  • History Needs a Rewrite by Maggie Wouterloot
  • Sea Bed by Peter Achurch
  • The Fossil Laughs by Steve Milroy
  • Out From Out Where: Beyond Liminality by Bryan Faubert
  • Our Common Ancestor by Maggie Wouterloot
  • Not Out of the Woods by Marc Walter
  • Untitled by Troy Moth

How to submit your proposal

The call for 2020 Temporary Outdoor Public Art proposals closed (2019-OCT-21). Calls for proposals are issued through the City's Purchasing Department and listed under Bid Opportunities. Check back here for details on our 2021 intake.

Want to be notified of future artist opportunities?

Contact us at cultureandevents@nanaimo.ca and request to be added to our Artist Contact List to receive notification of future artist opportunities offered by the City of Nanaimo.


We're happy to help. Contact us directly at 250-755-4483 or cultureandevents@nanaimo.ca. Follow us on Instagram at @culture_nanaimo

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Last updated: June 2, 2020

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