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Call for Expressions of Interest | Ten Different Things
Posted Date: May 10, 2017


Ten Different Things invites artists to create new works in the spirit of free inquiry at the intersection of public art, community engagement, and civic process. Projects should be temporary and can take a variety of forms—events, installations, residencies, interventions—but should explore conditions of how culture is experienced in Vancouver or provoke new visions of art and civic life.

Ten Different Things engages ten critically-engaged artists to investigate the role of culture as a critical ingredient in the construct and vitality of the contemporary city. What propositions, provocations, concepts or visions do artists have for creating a public sphere that promotes cultural life? How can we create structures, processes or dynamics to produce new ways of living, working, interacting, or occupying the city? Where are the intersections in public life where artists can produce alternate outcomes?

Ten Different Things invites artists to create new works in the context and spirit of free inquiry at
the intersection of public art, community engagement, and civic processes.

Ten projects will be realized throughout 2017-2018. Curated by Kate Armstrong, the series is a collaboration between the City of Vancouver Public Art Program, CityStudio, and Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

This opportunity is suitable for artists who:

  • Have experience in producing temporary or event-based artworks for public spaces
  • Reside in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland
  • Are available to meet the project timeline (see below)

Each project will receive an Artist Fee of $4,000 and a budget toward engineering, permitting, materials, production, and installation. Artworks will be presumed to be temporary unless the City agrees otherwise for particular works.

Phase 1
May 1, 2017 - Call for artists announced
May 15 - Information session for interested artists: 4:00 pm.  Room 113 (North Building, First Floor), Emily Carr University of Art + Design, 1399 Johnston Street (Granville Island).
May 22 - Submission deadline
May 29 - Shortlisted artists interviewed
June 1 - Selected artists notified
June - September - Project research and development

Phase 2
October, 2017 - January, 2018 - Concept review, technical and design development

Phase 3
February - May 2018 - Production, installation and documentation
May 2018 - Closing Event

Submission requirements
To apply, please prepare the following:

  1. A brief letter of interest:
  • What attracts you to this opportunity
  • Your approach or interest in working with a particular site, idea, or context
  • Your relevant experience and approach to past projects, and how this opportunity relates to your practice

    2.   Up to ten images (JPG or PDF) and/or up to 3 short videos

  • Image requirements: JPG or PDF up to 2 MB per file.
  • Video requirements: file type of QuickTime Movie (.mov) or Windows Media Player (.wmv), file size up to 2 MB.
  • Title your images and videos with your name and a number.

    3.    A list that corresponds with the numbered images or videos you submit

  • Include your name, title of the work, date, media, dimensions, location (if public) and a short description (if applicable).

    4.    A CV of up to three pages. For collaborations please submit a joint CV or up to 2 pages
           per person.

    5. One reference who can speak to your experience with comparable projects.

Selection process
Submissions will be evaluated by a jury of independent practitioners based on letters of interest and past work, and in relation to the following criteria:

  • Approach to the local context and opportunities
  • Demonstrated ability to produce and present work in public
  • Availability and ability to meet deadlines (see below)
  • Artistic quality of past work

How to Submit
Please email all proposal materials to Kate Armstrong at

Deadline: Monday, May 22, 5:00 pm