City of Richmond Manhole Cover Art Contest

Here's your chance to help turn ordinary manhole covers in Richmond into public art on city streets! The City of Richmond invites you to create a design that reflects Richmond’s cultural heritage for its Cover Stories Manhole Cover Art Contest.

Artists are encouraged to consider moments in Richmond's history that have shaped the City’s cultural and social identities. The artwork may tell a story or have an educational message. 

Eligibility: The contest is open to anyone who lives in Metro Vancouver. Participants do not have to be a professional artist to enter the contest.

Selection Process and Artwork Exhibition: A jury consisting of artists, community representatives and arts professionals will review all submissions and select two designs to be made into manhole covers. The two chosen artists will each receive $2,000. People’s Choice and Honourable Mentions will also be selected.

Special Honourable Mentions will be chosen from Kindergarten to Grade 7 student entries. All submissions will be eligible for the People’s Choice honour. Online voting will be available.

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 12, 2014. 

Designs must be submitted using an online template. 

For more information on how to enter, visit


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