Solid Waste and Recycling Artist-in-Resident Program


City of New Westminster


Nov. 15, 2017 (4:30 p.m.)

Call for Artists Description: 

The Arts Services Department in partnership with the Solid Waste and Recycling branch of the Engineering Operations at the City of New Westminster is launching an Artist in Residence Program. The Solid Waste and Recycling Artist in Residence Program will accommodate artists and artist collectives working in sculpture, print, fibre, drawing, painting, literary arts, music, dance and performance for a five month period for research, development and production of new or ongoing bodies of work. 

As part of the residency, the selected artist will create a project that will be installed in the public realm or on public infrastructure. For example, opportunities exist to create designs for vinyl wraps that can be applied on recycling and waste disposal bins, garbage trucks or other available public spaces and facilities. In addition, the artists will facilitate an outreach project for the local community that may include school groups, youth and seniors and other public audiences to further disseminate their ideas while working in the Solid Waste and Recycling Artist Residency.

The program encourages interdepartmental collaborations, creating opportunities for artists to engage in city services outside of the existing cultural facilities. The program will also aim to generate educational opportunities about recycling and waste management in the city, and further open discussions of urban waste and its environmental impacts. 

Solid Waste and recycling Artist in Residence facilities include: 

  • Secure desk and storage space at the Engineering Operations works yard
  • Use of available cultural studios at Anvil Centre during office hours
  • Studio furniture, sinks, power outlets and built-in sound system at Anvil Centre
  • Printing press, subject to availability at Anvil Centre
  • Inclusion of participating artists in ongoing civic and community programs such as VIBE, New Westminster Cultural Crawl, Fridays on Front, and others.

The Solid Waste and Recycling Artist in Residence program will take place in two five month sessions. The first one spanning February to June, 2018 and the second one July to November, 2018.

Selected artists will be provided with a $2500.00 artist fee. This fee will cover expenses including materials related to their work during their residency tenure.

How to Apply: 

Please submit by email in ONE PDF DOCUMENT*: 
*Please note that the maximum file size accepted by City of New Westminster email is 8MB. 

Email Subject Line: Solid Waste and Recycling Artist in Residence 2018
Name, address, email & telephone number
Preferred session, starting February 2018
Project Summary and Bio (on a single page, 100-word artist bio and a 100-word summary of the project) 
Detailed Project Proposal and Outreach Program (In 500 words, describe the conceptual framework, mediums you intend to use, accompanying outreach program and how this residency will help develop your creative practice.) 
Current CV (maximum 3 pages, describing academic, professional and other relevant experience) 
A maximum of 10 images of past work (please include image list or captions) 
All submission requirements must be in one file.

Collaborative Groups: 
A group leader must complete a single application and supporting materials on behalf of the whole group. Visual support materials should be provided for the collective, individual resumes and bios should be provided for each member. Collaborative groups share studio space. 

Deadline for 2018: 
November 15, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered. 

Selection Process: 
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately 4 weeks following the application deadline. 

Please note: City of New Westminster staff and jury panel members are not eligible to apply. 2017 Anvil Centre Artists-in-Residence are not eligible to apply until the 2019 season

Contact Name: Biliana Velkova
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (604) 515-3822


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