Temporary Public Art Program

The Temporary Public Art Program offers artists of diverse backgrounds and skillsets the opportunity to create artwork for public spaces in Nanaimo. Artists can propose artworks that vary in scale, scope, and medium, including temporary sculptural installations, social practice and community engaged artist projects and artwork that is integrated into landscape, architecture or civic infrastructure.

The Temporary Public Art Program supports artists in the creation of new works, by providing necessary resources and staff support through the course of project development and realization.

Call to Artists for projects in 2023

Deadline for applications: July 15, 2022 

Our Call to Artists has now closed. To learn about selected works or future opportunities, subscribe to our Love Arts Nanaimo newsletter

Temporary Public Art for 2022 now underway

Curtis Grahauer, Working title: Millstone
Curtis Grahauer is spending the year documenting the progressions and ongoing transformation of the Millstone River as it courses through Bowen Park. The project is currently in development, and will result in a film paired with interactive signage installed in Bowen Park. A film screening in the Bowen Park Amphitheatre will take place at the conclusion of the project.

Jesse Gray, Chimes for the South End

This new sculpture work, to be located in Deverill Square GYRO Park, will use locally-collected plastic trash that will be cast into bronze chimes that can be activated by park visitors. The process of creating the work will invite the participation of the South End community in activities leading up to the fabrication and installation of the work. Once on view, the chimes can be activated as an interactive sound sculpture.


Find out more about the process! Contact us directly at 250-755-4483 or cultureandevents@nanaimo.ca

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Last updated: October 12, 2022

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