Art Services

New Westminster encourages and supports arts and culture opportunities to generate and encounter the diverse creative, spiritual, emotional, intellectual and material features of the city and its development. Our goal is to create inspiring, diverse and distinctive art programs, cultivate contemporary artistic discourse, create outreach opportunities and encourage meaningful audience engagement.  Discover the best in contemporary new media art at the New Westminster New Media Gallery, register for a new art program and discover your passions, or view local artists’ work at the Community Art Space.

  • The City of New Westminster Arts Services department offers opportunities for artists, performers, musicians, craftspeople, community members and visitors to experience a diversity of arts and culture activities in our city. Whether through community events such as VIBE, the Community Art Space exhibitions, seasonal programming or special events, our goal is to nurture the growing arts and culture scene of our city.

    New Westminster Arts Services department includes Arts Coordinator Biliana Velkova and Arts Programmer Kristina Fiedrich.

    Sign up for the Cultural Services Newsletter, and keep up to date with upcoming programs and events.

    Download our current Program Brochure for the latest season's programs and offerings.

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  • All of our programs can be found in our current Program Brochure. Click here to see our full list of Spring 2017 Programs online.

    Click here to register online. You can also call 604.527.4640 for more information and to register.

    For Spring Break 2017 Day Camps, check out our interactive online brochure.

  • The Community Art Space at Anvil Centre celebrates the rich cultural landscape of New Westminster. The space forges creative dialogue, brings attention to local art as well as creates new opportunities for artists in our city.  It is an accessible space, where New Westminster based art groups can organize members’ exhibitions.  It is open to New Westminster emerging and established artists working in two dimensional media.

    For exhibition guidelines please click here.

    Current Exhibitions:

    Things with Wings

    Past Exhibitions:

    Unity of Spirits


    Teacher's Lounge


    Boulevard Gardens of New Westminster


    The Dichotomy of Change

    Faces and Places

    The Art of History

    Expression of Spring

    Let Me Count the Ways

    Cover Story: Album Art Reimagined


  • The Anvil Centre has a number of quality and professional community studios and purpose built music rooms available to rent.These quality venues are excellent for visual, performing, applied and media arts. In addition, our studios can host workshops, lectures, screenings, rehearsals and drop-in services. 

    Please follow this link to see our full list of facilities available for short and long-term rentals.

    For details, call 604-527-4640 or .

  • CALL FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS: New Westminster Canada Day 2017
    DEADLINE: May 15, 2017 at 4:00pm

    Download full Call for Community Groups

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: River as Home, a Canada 150 Fund Project
    DEADLINE: May 15, 2017 at 4:00pm

    Download full Call for Submissions

    CALL FOR QUALIFICATIONS: Front Street Mews Barrier Wall Treatment

    DEADLINE: May 15, 2017 at 4:00pm

    Download full Call for Qualifications

    For questions about our Opportunities for Artists, please contact:

    Biliana Velkova, Arts Coordinator
    Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street
    New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6
    T 604.515.3822

  • Find out about job opportunities for artists, instructors, and a rts professionals through The City of New Westminster Arts Services department.

    The City of New Westminster is committed to employment equity. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

    Current Jobs

    There are no current jobs.


  • In 2012, the City of New Westminster adopted its first Public Art Policy which lays out the foundation for creating a dynamic and engaging Public Art Program. The Policy aims to create a dynamic visual expression in the urban landscape.  The specific goals are to increase foot traffic on the street, animate New Westminster’s historic downtown and draw attention to New Westminster as a vital municipality which promotes arts, culture and tourism.

    In 2011, the City appointed its first Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) to provide expert community input on public art policies, projects and procedures to recommend the development of public art.

    If you're wanting to view public art the Cultural Map lists the location and history of each public art project in the city.

  • Art Strategy (2008-2013)

    Public Art Policy (2012)

    Art Strategy (2017-2022)

    The new Arts Strategy will reflect the cultural growth of the City. Since adopting the existing Arts Strategy, there has been a great deal of cultural development in New Westminster. A City’s Cultural Services department was established, the Anvil Centre opened, a Public Art Policy was adopted and many ambitious cultural projects realized. In order to continue developing the arts and creating new cultural opportunities that reflect the growth of the city, we needed a new plan that will guide us into the future. The purpose of the Art Strategy is to create a clear cultural path that will make our community more desirable place to live, work, play and create. The Art Strategy will be a guiding document that will renew, refresh, and re-envision plans for the development of arts in New Westminster and align them with the City’s three sustainability pillars: Social, Environmental and Economic.
    • Biliana Velkova

      Arts Coordinator

      Biliana holds a Diploma in Studio Art (Capilano University), a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (Concordia University), and a Master of Fine Arts Degree (University of Saskatchewan), as well as over 15 years of experience in working for cultural organizations and developing community partnerships, educational programs and curatorial projects. As the Arts Coordinator at the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Biliana programmed numerous exhibitions with local and international artists, developed outreach projects and established fundraising strategies for the organization.  Most recently, Biliana was the Executive Director at PAVED Arts Media Centre in Saskatoon where she developed curatorial projects and coordinated partnerships which engaged local and national communities. In 2013, Biliana was a recipient of the National Partnership Award from Business for the Arts for her work with the Core Series, a collaborative project between PAVED Arts and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

      Biliana most recently served on the Board of Directors for both Access Gallery and the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver and is also the founding member of the Sofia Art Residency, an organization whose mandate is to promote dialogue and engagement opportunities between Canadian and Eastern European artists. Biliana maintains an active art practice that incorporates photography, performance, and installation to explore issues of consumerist culture, diaspora, and social identity.

    • Kristina Fiedrich

      Arts Programmer

      Practicing artist and scholar Kristina Fiedrich holds an undergraduate degree in studio art (Thompson Rivers University, 2005), A Masters of Applied Arts in visual arts (Emily Carr University of Art + Design, 2012) and a Masters of Arts in Comparative Media Arts (Simon Fraser University, 2015). Fiedrich’s studio practice focuses on the medium of drawing and explores the body, its failures and adaptabilities, and the impact of technologies on physical and embodied representations. With an interest in both studio and research-based approaches to creative practices, Fiedrich explores representations of the body through both her writing and studio practices. In 2011, Fiedrich was awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Graduate Student Award for her thesis “The Fashionable Prosthetic: investigating the visibility and new fashion of prosthetic research” and in 2014 received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Graduate Scholarship for her ongoing research about the living body and the mediation of life via technological means, specifically biometrics. Fiedrich has earned diplomas in photography and printmaking, and degrees in studio and visual arts. She has exhibited in Canada and the US, and received awards for excellence in academics, printmaking and photography. Fiedrich served on the board of CARFAC BC, and has held positions as sessional faculty for Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Artistic Program Manager for the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (2015), is a founding member of the Journal of Comparative Media Arts, and produces work as part of Vancouver-based artist collaborative Lucida Lab.

    • Wendy Anderson earned a Bachelor of design degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. While her studies largely focused on Advertising and Design, involvement with her children’s education changed the more commercially focused practice to one that encompasses workshops, programs and classes for kids. Wendy works as a docent and Art Educator in Coquitlam and Art Instructor at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. Wendy’s practice is often influenced by the programs and classes she teaches, working in a wide range of media including clay, paint, papier maché and cartooning. As an art teacher, Wendy loves sharing skills to help children explore art and express themselves. Wendy’s art reflects the pleasure of observing the world around us, and the enjoyment in playing with whatever medium she is using.

    • Carolina Bergonzoni is a Vancouver-based Italian dance artist, yoga teacher and scholar. She recently completed an MA in Comparative Media Arts (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada) and holds an MA in Philosophy (University of Bologna, Italy). Her research interest includes dance and phenomenology, as well as the definition of presence in dance performances. Over the last year, she presented her work at various conferences and was part of the organization of MOCO2015 (Movement and Computing), in partnership with ISEA2015 (Vancouver, Canada). She has been teaching dance and Philosophy for Children and Community (P4C) since 2008. In 2011, she graduated as Dance Educator and Community Engagement Facilitator; since then, she has been building a community of movers and thinkers, moving and dancing with people from 0 to 99+ years old. Carolina practices presence through dance, including contact improvisation, somatic based techniques, release, etc., yoga, and her academic studies.

    • Currently a resident of British Columbia, Renée enjoyed a two-decade career in New York City theatre as an actor, director, teaching artist, and administrator. She performed extensively in classical and experimental theatres Off-Broadway and regionally in the United States, including with Theatre for a New Audience, Julie Taymor, New Jersey Shakespeare Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, and the Kings County Shakespeare Company (KCSC), with whom she was an Associate Artist for 17 years. An Honors graduate of Wesleyan University, and of the Eugene O’Neill Theater National Theater Institute, Renée has taught at The Brearley School (New York, NY), for Bard on the Beach (Vancouver, BC), and as an adjunct professor for St. Francis College (Brooklyn, NY) and the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY). She presently serves as producing Artistic Director of City Stage New West, and recently produced a professional cast recording of Stump City Stories, an original Canadian musical by George Ryan based on the diverse history of New Westminster, commissioned by CSNW in 2009 to celebrate the City’s 150th anniversary. She has also directed T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, and Shakespeare’s King Lear as part of a special project for CSNW “Enduring Age/Enduring Youth”, which brought together senior professional classical actors with emerging artists.

    • Caitlin Chaisson is an artist and writer based in Vancouver, BC. Her work explores the social body, and the relationships that materialize out of that constantly shifting arena. She observes and reflects on these interdependencies through a practice of drawing. Caitlin received a BComm with a Minor in Art History from the University of British Columbia in 2010, and in 2016 she completed a Master of Applied Arts degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

    • Riette Gordon started off as a self-taught fine artist and eventually graduated as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator from Capilano University. She worked as a Creative Director and

      Graphic Designer for 20 years in her own Studio and now teaches children and adult drawing and painting watercolour classes. Riette’s enthusiasm to share her love of art is contagious.

      She enjoys encouraging her students to discover their own creativity and to see beauty, form and light in everyday objects.

    • Originally from the Netherlands but currently residing in the Fraser Valley, Saskia Jetten works in a wide variety of media including graphite, linocut and woodcut, intaglio and stone lithography, applying these techniques to paper and also to less conventional materials such as silks and ceramics. Her work touches on themes related to theatre, identity, and inter-personal relationships, and she often uses the face (or the mask) as a starting point for an artwork. Continually pushing the boundaries of printmaking, Jetten has exhibited widely in Europe and Canada as well as at the International Print Centre in New York, US. Most recently she was one of the 30 selected printmakers to show her work in a survey of Canadian printmaking showcased in Beying, China. She has received numerous prizes, most notably the ‘Grafiek Nu 10’ Dutch Printmaking Award. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Alain Piroir Studio Residency Prize in Montreal, Quebec, as well as of the ‘Prix Banque National’ from the International Contemporary Print Biennale in Trois Rivieres, Quebec in 2011. She has a broad experience of 25 years international teaching on University level as well as tutor/coach and art educator.  Her work can be viewed at

    • Amy-Claire is based in both Vancouver and Los Angeles, California. She is a visual artist with a diverse practice involving drawing, painting, video, projection, installation, and performance. Her work with projection media and installation often involves her own personalized or invented devices, used in playful and soulful ways. She loves history and works with both historic and contemporary forms. Her practice is to develop an understanding around ways of seeing and making, often looking closely at how technologies have influenced our way of being in the world. She has exhibited across Canada in both public and commercial galleries, including Diane Farris (Vancouver), Paul Kuhn (Calgary), Battat Contemporary (Montreal), and Young Projects (Los Angeles).

    • Colette is a full time visual artist, freelance community artist and teaching artist. Community engagement, collaboration, and knowledge sharing are integral to her practice. Colette is an ArtStarts’ Artist in the Classroom, a Vancouver School Board Artist in Residence and a Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS in Education Artist Collaborator. She is an instructor with the Anvil Centre and the North Vancouver Community Arts Council and has worked as a contract visual arts instructor with Continuing Education at Capilano University and the Vancouver Island School of Art. Colette has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an Advanced Textile Arts Certificate from Capilano University. She is an exhibiting artist whose current studio practice employs printmaking, photography, digital imagery and mixed media. Colette’s work is an abstraction of personal narrative fuelled by human connections. Camera captured intimacies contained within layers of ink and imagery, embody and commemorate lived moments and human relationships.

    • A baritone, Shane sings with musica intima, Cor Flammae and he teaches private voice at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Delta Community Music School. After earning a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from The University of British Columbia, Shane has gone on to perform with Vancouver Cantata Singers, Vancouver Opera,  Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver Peace Choir and Vancouver Chamber Choir. 

      Shane regularly leads choral workshops with local choirs and other groups of singers. He is also a composer/arranger/songwriter of choral, broadway and pop music. His pieces have been performed by Vancouver Cantata Singers and musica intima, Cor Flammae, McGill Choral Society Chamber Choir, and The University of New York at Oneonta Chamber Singers. UBC's University Singers and Vancouver Cantata Singers have recorded Shane's pieces.

      More recently Shane has been singing small roles in new operas and vocal works, as well as performing in musicals and performing his own pop music.

    • Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Melissa developed a love for art early on.  She attended Simon Fraser University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, and now lives and works as an artist and instructor not far outside of Vancouver.  Melissa has a strong relationship with her natural surroundings: the ocean, the smell of the sea, the forest, the mountains.  Inspired by light, movement, surprising colour combinations, social interaction, and patterns, her creative practice generates abstracted, pixilated combinations. Melissa’s personal blog follows the journey of creating art inspired from daily life, updates on recent work and upcoming events.

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