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Arts, Culture & Heritage

Artists' Opportunities

If you are an artist living – or working primarily – in Richmond,
this page is for you

Richmond is home to hundreds of artists and artisans as well as about 60 arts organizations whose mandates and activities are as varied as populations they serve. Throughout the year, the City’s Cultural Development Manager sends emails to members of the Richmond Artists Directory, announcing artist calls, professional development workshops, promotional opportunities and more. If you would like to receive these emails, please register online. (You can learn more about the Richmond Artists Directory in the listing below.)

The following programs occur annually or year-round. This list also includes special one-off programs and opportunities as they arise. As well, the City of Richmond Public Art Program invites artists to participate in call to artist opportunities as they arise. Please visit the Call to Artists page to view current listings.

Culture Days
September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017
Culture Days is an annual collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement that aims to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement in the arts. Each year, Culture Days features free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers in their community. The next Culture Days will take place on September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017.

Richmond is a hotbed for Culture Days and in 2016, we ranked number one in BC and number 5 nationwide for the number of activities on offer. In 2016, Richmond artists, organizations and creative businesses hosted 89 free arts and culture activities. The City of Richmond supports local activity organizers by coordinating a marketing campaign for Richmond-based events with print advertising in local newspapers, posters, social media, program guide, media relations and much more. 

Visit Richmond's Culture Days page for more information on what's happening this year around the city for Richmond Culture Days 2017

For more information about Culture Days in Richmond, contact Katie Varney, Manager of Cultural Development at or 604-247-4941.

Branscombe House Artist Residency
Branscombe House Artist Residency takes place in the recently restored Edwardian style house located in the residential area of historic Steveston. Currently in its inaugural year, the 11-month residency program is an opportunity for artists with a community-engaged practice to create new work in exchange for 100% subsidized two-bedroom upstairs suite. During the residency, artists establish a presence in the community, spending time developing a body of work and engaging the public in programming which may include workshops, exhibitions, demos and legacy projects on the Branscombe site, community centres, schools and events/festivals.

Details about the current residency can be found on the Branscombe Artist Residency page. We are no longer accepting Request for Proposals for the 2018 residency. Applications are currently under review proposals and all candidates will be contacted by August 2017.

For further information regarding the Artist-in-Residence program, please contact Katie Varney, Manager, Cultural Development at 604-247-4941.

Writer-in-Residence Program
The Writer-in-Residence Program is the result of a partnership between Richmond Library’s Brighouse Branch, Minoru Place Activity Centre and Arts Centre and is aimed at delivering hands-on programming that helps local residents foster a greater appreciation for Canadian writing. This full-time residency position runs from September 30 to November 30 each year. Authors spend 25% of their time on public programs and projects, leaving 75% of the work week available for creative writing. For more information on the program and events, visit Writer-in-Residence. Past writers include: Karen X. Tulchinsky, Caroline Adderson, Nancy Lee, Mark Leiren-Young and Sally Stubbs.

The City of Richmond is proud to announce that Nilofar Shidmehr will be Richmond’s next Writer-in-Residence. Nilofar Shidmehr (PhD, MFA) is British Columbia-Book-Prize ‎nominated writer with four books of poetry in English and Farsi. Throughout October and November, Nilofar will be offering free workshops, readings and writing consultations that focus on multicultural storytelling. Her residency will launch on September 30 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at Brighouse Library Branch, as part of the annual Culture Days celebration. Please check this section of the site for future dates and announcements regarding her residency.

For further information regarding the Writer-in-Residence program, please contact Katie Varney, Manager, Community Cultural Development,, 604-247-4941.

Community Art Exhibitions
As part of the City of Richmond’s Arts Strategy, Arts Services is committed to providing exhibition opportunities for local artists. Several City facilities have joined together to present exhibition opportunities. Selected artists may be exhibited in either one or several of the facilities in any given year. Art works may include paintings, drawings, photographs, quilts or other textile pieces and can be displayed on framed paper or on canvas. Some facilities may be able to accommodate three dimensional art such as pottery. Though priority is given to Richmond artists, all local artists from the Lower Mainland are welcome to submit proposals.

During the summer, a call-to-artists is announced. After the deadline, generally in the end of July, representatives from each facility meet and select artists for the upcoming year. It is strongly encouraged that artists submit their applications during this period by sending applications to the designated address. However, applications are accepted throughout the year by contacting the individual facility representatives listed below. Application requirements and deadline information can be found by opening the PDF file in this section. 

Currently, the following facilities participate in the Community Art Exhibition circuit:
Richmond Cultural Centre
Camyar Chaichian, Arts Coordinator,
Gateway Theatre
Lester Chua, Rentals and Events Coordinator,
Thompson Community Centre
City Centre Community Centre
Donna Vines, Community Facilities Coordinator,
South Arm Community Centre
Winnie Wong, Community Development Coordinator,

PDF Document Community Art Exhibitions Submission Form

To find out how to exhibit in the City Hall Galleria, please contact Carie Helm at or 604-247-8315 or visit the Richmond Art Gallery website

Arts & Culture Grant Program 
Developed in 2011 to strengthen the infrastructure of arts and culture organizations, invest in arts opportunities, show support for the careers of local artists and support a wide range of artistic and cultural activity, the Arts & Culture Grants Program offers two types of grants: Project Assistance and Operating Assistance to registered non-profit arts and culture organizations.

For more information on the funding criteria and application process please visit the
City Grant Program page. Applications for the 2018 Arts & Culture Grant program will open in September 2017. Please check back for future dates and announcements regarding the Arts & Culture Grant program 

For further information regarding the Arts and Culture Grant Program, please contact Katie Varney, Manager, Community Cultural Development, at 604-247-4941.

Richmond Artists Directory - Calling all Artists

Please take a few minutes to add your name to our Artists Directory. Data collected will be used to provide statistics on the number and types of artists in our midst, which will be helpful in future proposals, strategies and planning. In addition, it will provide a resource in case of opportunities for the City to hire local artists. If you give permission, the contact information will also be used to inform you about new artist-focused programs, events and opportunities as they are announced. The information provided will not be shared, nor used for any non-official City of Richmond business or communication.

Art at Work: Professional Development Workshop Series for Artists
Art at Work is a series of workshops and events designed to provide artists with the knowledge and skills required for pursuing a professional arts practice in the fields of public art, visual art and community arts. 

The workshops and events aim to provide artists with practical, inspiring and career enhancing programming; support the growth and development of the arts and culture sector in Richmond; and encourage networking and sharing within the arts and culture community.

Visit the Art at Work website for more information on the current program or sign up to receive email news updates for other upcoming professional development artist opportunities.

Artist Statements with Annie Briard
Saturdays, June 10 and 17, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Richmond Art Gallery Program Room
Artist and instructor Annie Briard leads an Artist Statement Writing Workshop for emerging and midcareer artists, or those needing to fine-tune their artist package.  Session One will focus on demystifying the writing process, clarifying the importance and purpose of a statement, and what it should or should not include.  Session Two will provide one-on-one feedback of your written works both by peer evaluation and personalized instruction.

Free. 12 participant maximum. Participants must register and attend both sessions. For more details and to register, email

This program is supported by:

Grant Writing with Shaun Dacey presented by CARFAC BC and Richmond Art Gallery
Wednesdays, July 5 and 12, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Richmond Cultural Centre Atrium
Richmond Art Gallery Director, Shaun Dacey leads an overview of grant writing for artists and arts organizations.  The first session will present an overview of writing for foundations, Provincial government grants, and Federal government grants in British Columbia.  The following session will be focused on your writing, providing a peer editing session and personalized feedback on your grant applications.

Free. 12 participants max. Participants must register/attend both sessions. For more details and to register, email Kathy at

This program is supported by:

Public Art: Call to Artists
The City of Richmond Public Art Program invites artists to participate in call to artist opportunities in Richmond. Please visit the Call to Artists page to view current listings.

Richmond Arts Awards
Richmond’s Arts Awards recognizes the artistic achievements and contributions to the arts community by city residents, artists, educators, organizations and business leaders. Awards are presented in six categories: Business and the Arts, Arts Volunteerism, Cultural Leadership, Artistic Innovation, Arts Education and Youth Arts. The 2017 Richmond Arts Awards winners were announced at a ceremony on May 16, 2017. 

The awards program was developed in 2009 by the City of Richmond in partnership with the Richmond Arts Coalition and is presented with support from Richmond News. For more information, visit Richmond Arts Awards.

For further information regarding the Richmond Arts Awards, please contact Katie Varney, Manager, Community Cultural Development at, 604-247-4941.