PUBLIC ART

The City of New Westminster's Public Art Program is administered by the City’s Art Services staff, reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer. Art Services staff provide leadership in the planning, coordination and implementation of public art for the City in alignment with the Public Art Policy.

Land Acknowledgement

We recognise and respect that New Westminster is on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Halkomelem speaking peoples. We acknowledge that colonialism has made invisible their histories and connections to the land. As a City, we are learning and building relationships with the people whose lands we are on.

Learn more about our land acknowledgement here.

About Public Art

In 2012, the City of New Westminster adopted its first Public Art Policy which lays out the foundation for creating an exciting and engaging Public Art Program. The goals of this Policy promote and encourage diverse and inclusive opportunities that help animate the urban landscape, nurture civic dialogue and support the development and growth of the arts in the city. 

What's New?

PUBLIC ART POLICY

PUBLIC ART REGISTRY

CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ARTIST ROSTER 2022-2024

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  • təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre - James Harry

    For the təməsew̓txʷ public art project, an open call to Indigenous artists and/or artist teams was developed. Following a two-stage selection process, the commission was awarded to James Harry, a Coast Salish artist from Vancouver.

    The work is a large-scale sculpture referencing traditional Coast Salish design motifs and the Glenbrook Ravine. 

    Learn more here.

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    Artist-Initiated Public Art Project - Emilie Crewe

    North Vancouver-based artist, Emilie Crewe will develop a temporary interactive LED installation on the façade of City Hall referencing the City of New Westminster’s response to reforming the BC Police Act.

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    Agnes Greenway Crosswalks - Rain Pierre

    Rain Pierre, a local artist from the Katzie First Nation has been commissioned for a design-only contract to develop artworks for two crosswalks in school zones adjacent to Qayqayt Elementary School.

    Informed by Pierre’s previous Legacy Projects, the Agnes Greenway crosswalk designs will be developed with a youth art competition based on the theme of reconciliation.

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    Boundary Road Drainage Pump Station - Hanna Benihoud

    Hanna Benihoud was commissioned for a design-only contract for an integrated public art work at the Boundary Road Drainage Pump Station. Design-only opportunities allow for artists to collaborate with the design team to include public art in the overall concept of the space. 

    The artwork consists of a series of small sculptures and painted horizontal and vertical surfaces surrounding the pump station.

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  • ​Learn more about the artworks commissioned over the years:

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