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Create and place public art

Password (1984), by Alan Storey

Civic Public Art Program

A budget for projects that reflect civic priorities is allocated each year. Potential projects are selected from City planning initiatives, such as:

  • Infrastructure and parks development projects.
  • City buildings and other City undertakings.
  • Needs and interests of particular communities.
  • Current public art plans.

Private Sector Development Program

Private sector rezonings greater than 100,000 square feet are required to contribute $1.81 per buildable square foot to a public art process approved by the City.

Starting on September 30, 2016, this rate will be adjusted to $1.98 per buildable square foot to reflect increases in local construction costs since 2009.

Donating public art or memorials

Interested donors are encouraged to contact Parks or City staff prior to commissioning an artist.

The Park Board is not currently accepting proposals for public art donations.

The selection process and potential will be considered in light of existing civic priorities. Please review the guidelines below regarding donations of public art.

Public Art policies and guidelines

Information for artists

Donating public art

 The Park Board is not currently accepting proposals for public art donation. Please check back for updates.

Placing public art

Procedures have been established for removing art work from public sites under City or Park Board jurisdiction.


Public Art Committee

The Public Art Committee provides advice and guidance to City council and staff, civic agencies, developers, and citizens on public art matters, including the Public Art Program.

Public Art Review Plan

This report summarizes the findings of the first comprehensive evaluation of the City of Vancouver's Public Art Program since it began in 1991.

Private Development Guidelines and Policies


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Contact our Public Art Program


Public Art Program
City of Vancouver
501 - 111 West Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

Contact ArtsFinder

ArtsFinder Coordinator
Arts, Culture, and Environment
Park Board
2099 Beach Ave
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

Phone: 604-257-8495


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