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Call for Artists: Public Art Project

April 23, 2019 – April 30, 2019 all-day
Kay Meek Arts Centre
1700 Mathers Avenue
West Vancouver B.C. V7V 2G7
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Call for Artists: Public Art Project @ Kay Meek Arts Centre

The Kay Meek Arts Centre is pleased to announce the following sculpture competition, and is putting out a call to artists to submit their interest in being considered for a commissioned pubic artwork for one of three locations in the exterior garden area of the Centre. This first work is being commissioned in honour of the late Mrs. Yulanda Faris. Information about Mrs. Faris is below.

About Kay Meek
Opened in 2004, the Kay Meek Arts Centre is the only independently operated not-for-profit arts centre on the North Shore. Located in West Vancouver, adjacent to West Vancouver Secondary School, it is an active facility. Every year Kay Meek presents a multi-disciplinary season of performances (music, theatre, dance), rents its facility to professional and community arts groups and hosts close to 100 student events. In 2017/18 a total of 369 events took place at the Kay Meek, with more than 60,000 attending.

Starting in July 2019, the Centre will begin significant renovations in order to make access to, and within, the building easier for those with mobility challenges and the public at large. Exterior renovations include widening walkways, adding outdoor seating areas and the development of a public sculpture garden. The outdoor area is accessible 24-hours a day, and is used by visitors attending events at the Centre, residents of West Vancouver and students who attend West Vancouver Secondary School.

About Yulanda Faris
Yulanda Faris and her husband Moh received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts, one of the Governor General Performing Arts Awards, in 2010. Yulanda worked on behalf of the Vancouver arts community for more than 40 years, supporting opera, dance, the visual arts, and literature, with a particular focus on young people, arts education, and professional training opportunities. Yulanda discovered her passion for the arts as a young girl in Jamaica. She was a past chair of the Vancouver Opera Foundation, and with Mr. Faris founded the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program at Vancouver Opera. She also served on the Dean’s advisory board for the UBC Faculty of Arts and on the National Arts Centre’s Board of Trustees. Yulanda received the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Support of the Arts (2008) and the Minerva Foundation for BC Women’s Women in Music Award (2007).
For more information about Yulanda Faris, please click on the following links:
ici.radio-canada.ca & vancouversun.com


This is an open call for expressions of interest. From the submissions of interest received, a panel will select no more than three finalists, who will then be asked to submit a detailed project proposal. The three final proposals will be due by June 21, 2019 at 5 pm and the jury’s selection will be announced on or around July 4, 2019.

Call for Interest

Artists interested in this project should submit their CV and portfolio by April 30, 2019 at 5 pm.

Please limit your submission to three pages. This is an open call for expressions of interest.

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Scope of Work & Design Considerations

The artist’s scope of work will include all stages of the development and installation of the artwork from conception to completion, including detailed design development, fabrication and installation. The Kay Meek Arts Centre will work with the artist during the fabrication phase to ensure engineering requirements are met. A copy of the architectural drawings will be made available to each of the three finalists. Site visits are also encouraged.

Proposal Campaigns

Artwork materials should be suitable for public, outdoor installation. Consideration should be given to durability of materials, maintenance, vulnerability to vandalism and integration into the setting.

  • The site is not protected from the elements, so all components must be able to shed water (avoiding problems of water build up and infiltration), and be constructed of materials resistant to oxidation and corrosion.
  • Below-grade conduits and channels for electricity are available in order to illuminate the artwork in the evening.
  • Construction of freestanding sculptural or structural elements must conform to the BC building code. Municipal codes and by-laws also apply and the links are as follows.

BC Building Code: gov.bc.ca
Municipal Building By-laws: westvancouver.ca

Access and Views

  • The artwork must be designed to be barrier-free and accessible to visitors in all seasons.
  • Artists should take into account that this is a public space and will be frequented by visitors of all ages.
  • Views will be dependent on the chosen location. Sculptures installed on the lower level will be viewed from the lobby, when descending both the internal and exterior stairs from Mathers Avenue, and when ascending from the lower parking area. If installed by the Mathers Street entrance the sculpture will be viewed by anyone entering through this entrance, passing foot and vehicle traffic, and from the interior upper lobby area.


Proposal Honorarium: An honorarium of $2,500 will be paid to each of the three finalists selected to submit a detailed proposal. Honorarium will be paid upon receipt of the proposal.

Commissioned Artwork: The budget for the commissioned work, in the range of $50,000 CAD, will include the artist’s fees as well as the costs for fabrication, insurance, transportation and installation. The budget amount will be finalized upon completion of the selection process.


Submissions of Interest
The submission of interest should include the following:

  • Artist’s CV
  • Portfolio – maximum 3 pages

Proposal (For Finalists Only)
The detailed proposal should include the following:

  • Written proposal (maximum 3 pages)
  • Proposal images: sketches, renderings, materials, design details, a scaled site plan to show locations and any other relevant information to explain your project to the selection panel.
  • A preliminary budget

Call for Artists Deadline: April 30, 2019 @ 5pm
Notification to Finalists: May 14, 2019 @ 5pm
Proposal Submission Deadline: June 21, 2019 @ 5pm
Final Jury Selection (subject to change): July 4, 2019
Proposed Project Completion Date (subject to change): Summer 2020

How to Apply

Call for Interest: Submissions of interest can be emailed to Lenore@kaymeek.com by April 30, 2019 at 5 pm.

Finalist Proposals: BY MAIL ONLY and must be received by June 21, 2019 at 5 pm.

Please submit to:
Lenore Swenerton
Director of Donor Relations & Audience Development
Kay Meek Arts Centre
1700 Mathers Avenue
West Vancouver, B.C. V7V 2G7
Tel.: 604.981.1170 ext. 1003 | Email: Lenore@kaymeek.com

Contact Name: Lenore Swenerton
Contact Email: Lenore@kaymeek.com
Contact Phone: (604) 981-1170