City seeks outdoor art proposals

NANAIMO - The City of Nanaimo is seeking submissions for temporary outdoor art pieces for parks and open spaces in Nanaimo.

The Frame

The City of Nanaimo’s culture and heritage department is accepting proposals for next year’s temporary outdoor art pieces in city parks and spaces.

The deadline is Tuesday (Nov. 17). The program is open to artists in Canada, and people submitting do not have to be professional artists to submit proposals. Each applicant can enter up to three works for the temporary outdoor art competition.

The City of Nanaimo began the public art program in 2010. According to the City of Nanaimo’s press release, the city “has been involved in a dynamic and evolving public art program that enhances and animates our city’s parks.”

Each year art work is installed on a temporary basis in outdoor, high-traffic areas, such as Maffeo Sutton Park’s Spirit Square and McGregor Park.

In 2013, The Frame, a double-sided wooden sculpture created by artist Jason Gress, was so popular it is now a permanent piece at Maffeo Sutton Park.

All pieces must be able to withstand year-round weather conditions and must either fit into Category A, for instillation on the Spirit Square wall in Maffeo Sutton, or Category B, which may need a specific site or site preparation. A full list of guidelines is available online at under the business tab by clicking on bid opportunities. People can submit proposals in person at the public works department, located at 2020 Labieux Rd., or by e-mailing



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