The Engineering Services department at the City of Vancouver is extending a call for an Artist in Residence to come behind the scenes and “find inspiration” in the science of civic engineering.
“We are really looking forward to opening our doors to someone with a completely different world view, to come in behind the scenes and reshape, explore, and create based on what they discover here,” said Jerry Dobrovolny, Vancouver’s Manager of Engineering.
“We hope that an artist can find inspiration from the variety of work that we do, from geometrics to fluid dynamics to pouring a great concrete slab.”
The intent of the residency is to open the dialogue and encourage new perspectives in engineering projects and/or services.
“Artists working within City departments give the City new methods of looking at our work, the communities we serve, and the resources we can employ,” said Eric Fredericksen, head of public art at Cultural Services.
“For an artist, a residency can be a way to work with new tools and materials and to access the public realm in novel ways.”
It’s exciting, he added, “to see the City explore fresh approaches to incorporating art and artists into its work.”
The residence program will host three non-exclusive artists consecutively, with each artist paid a stipend of $60,000 per residence term of 18 months. The artists will also be provided with office space.
How to submit a proposal
Artists are invited to submit their proposals until Friday, November 24. Here are some of the procedures:
- Interested parties are encouraged to submit any questions via email to [email protected] before November 3 and a public questions and answers document will be posted after that.
- Submissions can be entered by email to [email protected]
- All proposals will be vetted by a committee of public art experts.
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