Urban Design Roster Program

This program offers artists and designers an opportunity to be involved in civic urban design and small-scale artwork related to city infrastructure. The Urban Design Roster is a list of artists who wish to be contacted to work with the City’s Public Art team and other City departments such as Traffic/Transportation, Engineering and Public Works. Projects are activated on an ongoing basis, in relation to opportunities arising from infrastructure renewals, upgrades and maintenance.

Call to Artists and Designers, 2021-2023

The City of Nanaimo is seeking portfolios to be added to our new Urban Design Roster, launching in 2021!

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2021.

This open call seeks the talents of artists and designers who may wish to tackle a particular design challenge, such as: urban space beautification like murals on civic buildings, surface treatments on civic infrastructure such as play areas like splash pads, urban street objects like traffic barriers or controlled crosswalks, and design treatments for infrastructure elements such as manhole covers as well as possible opportunities in active transportation, sanitation and anti-graffiti efforts.

The Urban Design Roster Call is open to both established and emerging artists, including those interested in expanding their practices into the public realm for the first time.

Applications require a statement of interest, resume and a portfolio of previous work. Submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel comprised of City Staff and members of the Art in Public Spaces Working Group. Selected designers and artists will remain active on the roster for a period of two years.

Artists or designers who are on the Urban Design Roster will be selected for projects by the project team on a case-by-case basis. Project Fee scales are determined based on the project scale and follow best practices for public display of art identified by the (CARFAC Canadian Artists Representation) fee schedule.


Find out more about the process! Join our public information session:

August 4, 2021, 7:00 pm
Register by email to attend at cultureandevents@nanaimo.ca

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Last updated: July 15, 2021

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