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.


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  • All of our programs can be found in our current Program Brochure. Click here to see our full list of Fall 2016 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

    Uncover

    Teacher's Lounge

    Diverse/City

    Boulevard Gardens of New Westminster

    Longevity

    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 PERFORMERS: New Westminster Canada Day

    Deadline: March 31st, 2017 at 4pm

    Celebrating this year’s Canada Day theme of “Canada 150 – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” we are calling all performers and performing groups to submit proposals to perform during the 2017 Canada Day Celebration at Queens Park on July 1st. We are looking for acts that will engage the community, celebrate the spirit and multicultural heritage of New Westminster, and respond to this year’s Canada Day theme. 

    Criteria for performers will include: availability, suitability for audience, New Westminster connectivity and technical requirements. Performers’ honorariums will be paid to all performers and will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

    We are looking for the following types of entertainment:

    1. Mainstage Entertainment (music, dance, performing arts)
    2. Roving Entertainment (mobile and interactive)
    3. Wild Card (participatory, pop-up, playful, unexpected)

    Submissions must include:

    • Description of act or group, including performance history and links to New Westminster (up to one page)
    • Preferred length of performance
    • Tech rider and stage plot
    • Links to website, videos, and other relevant online content

    Please send all submissions by March 31st, 2017 at 4pm to:

    Kristina Fiedrich, Arts Programmer
    Arts Services Department, Anvil Centre
    777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC
    V3M 1B6
    T: 604-515-3837
    E:


    CALL FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS: New Westminster Canada Day

    Deadline: May 15th, 2015 at 4pm

    Community groups from or connected to New Westminster are invited to submit proposals to present a display during the Canada Day Celebration at Queens Park on July 1st, 2017. Celebrating this year’s Canada Day theme of “Canada 150 – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” we are looking for groups that engage with the community, celebrate the spirit and multicultural heritage of New Westminster.  The displays offer an opportunity for community groups to share their organization’s vision while interacting with the public in a fun, family-friendly environment.

    Criteria:

    1. Community groups should provide a value added Canada Day related activity (these may include arts and crafts, multicultural presentations or community demos)
    2. Special consideration given to Community groups whose proposals focus on this year’s theme of “Canada 150 – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”
    3. Community groups will not be permitted to sell or have commercial focus in their displays
    4. Community groups may not solicit donations in accordance
    5. Displays must be family friendly

    Submissions should be no longer than 2 pages and must include:

    • Description community group
    • Description of value added activity
    • Description of intended display
    • Space, technical and other resources required

    Please send all submissions by May 15th, 2015 at 4pm to:

    Kristina Fiedrich, Arts Programmer
    Arts Services Department, Anvil Centre
    777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC
    V3M 1B6
    T: 604-515-3837
    E:

    Submissions will be accepted in person, by mail, and via email. If we receive more submissions than space allows, The Canada Day Committee will be selecting groups based on the above criteria as well as to ensure a diversity of representation at the event. The Canada Day Committee thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only successful applicants will be contacted.


    CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS

    Anvil Centre Community Art Space
    Deadline: March 15, 2017 at 4:00pm

    The Community Art Space at Anvil Centre is currently accepting group proposals for its 2018 exhibition schedule. The Community Art Space forges creative dialogue, brings attention to local art as well as creates new opportunities for artists in our community. It is open to New Westminster emerging and established artists who reside or have a studio practice in the City and work in two dimensional media.
    We invite groups of three or more local artists to submit an exhibition proposal. The exhibitions are two months in duration. There are opportunities for outreach programs such as artist talks or workshops during the exhibition period. Selected artists may use the Anvil Centre studios for creation of work, facilitating workshops or artist talks. The proposals will be adjudicated by a peer jury.
    The proposed exhibition submission must not have been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.
     

    Please send submissions via email by March 15, 4:00pm

    • Names and contact information for all artists (please identify a main contact)
    • 1-5 JPEG or PDF images of proposed artworks by each artist
    • List of artworks identifying the artist names, title and size
    • Exhibition statement
    • Current CV for each artist

     

    Please direct questions or email submissions to:
    Biliana Velkova, Arts Coordinator
    Cultural Services, Office of the CAO
    777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6
    T 604.515.3822 | E


    CALL FOR QUALIFICATIONS

    Queensborough Design Build Public Art Inspired Bus Shelter
    DEADLINE: March 30, 2017

    OPPORTUNITY

    Over the past 20 years, a trend has emerged of incorporating public art into transit operations. Cities and transportation agencies are coming to understand the many benefits of public art, which range from increased ridership through improved aesthetics and increased vibrancy, to improving relationships with the community.

    The City of New Westminster’s Public Art Program, in partnership with the City’s Engineering Department is inviting artists or artist/fabricator teams to submit their qualifications to be considered for a design build public art inspired bus shelter, to be installed in front of the Queensborough Community Centre, along Ewen Avenue in Queensborough. The shelter should adhere to the same footprint as outlined in the attached bus shelter specification, and have the same functional requirements.  In addition to the technical specifications, ensuring that the bus shelter is fully inclusive, the following additional considerations are noted:

    • there needs to be at least 1.5m of clear sidewalk width between the shelter wall and the bus stop ID pole
    • the shelter needs to be designed in such a way as to not obscure the bus driver’s view of passengers seated in the shelter (i.e. no barrier or opaque wall on the approach side of the shelter)
    • the shelter needs to include wayfinding information for people who require local area information or who may be lost or confused
    • benches need to be integrated and designed for people with disabilities and seniors (i.e.  back rests; arm rests)
    • the shelter must be adequately lit for safety and functionality
    • designs which include stripes should be avoided as they can be confusing, disorienting or distracting at night for people with visual or cognitive impairments, and;
    • there should be integrated knobs or hooks for people to hang shopping and other bags, to avoid having them placed on the wet pavement when passengers need a rest.

    This project aims to be a showcase for inclusive design that is improving the rider experience for people of all ages and abilities, connecting with the community, and increasing local exposure of public art while deterring vandalism of public property. The project will maximize the opportunity for creativity and art in transit and beautify the surrounding area.

    BUDGET

    The total budget available to artist(s) team is $74,000. Artwork budget must be inclusive of all costs including (but not limited to) artist fees, studio overhead, consultant fees (i.e. structural design, electrical, etc), artwork fabrication, site preparation, traffic control, travel, transportation, installation, all taxes and general liability insurance.

    ARTIST ELIGIBILITY

    This project is open to professional artists and artist/fabricator teams. Past experience in fabrication and public art design is a requirement for this call. Qualified artists will have experience working collaboratively with other professional disciplines. City of New Westminster Council, staff and the City’s Public Art Advisory Committee members, selection panel members, project personnel and immediate family members are not eligible to apply.

    ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS

    The artist or artist team will be selected for this commission through an open call process coupled with finalist interviews. The five person selection panel will comprise the City of New Westminster’s Transportation Manager, City of New Westminster’s Open Space Planner, community member from Queensborough, a PAAC member and an artist professional. The invited artists will be requested to attend an interview to discuss their work, past approaches, working methods, and answer questions related to this opportunity. The selection panel will then recommend one artist or artist/fabricator team for the commission. Shortlisted artists will be provided an honorarium for their presentations.

    SELECTION CRITERIA

    An artist or artist team will be selected on the following criteria:

    1. Quality and strength of past work and ability to create and contribute a strong conceptual framework for artistic expression to be reflected in the bus shelter design.
    1. Strong verbal, visual, written communication skills, good people and planning skills are required. The artist is expected to participate in collaborative design development, and assist in the translation of final recommendations into construction documents.
    1. Accessibility and availability to be able to attend in-person meetings to engage City Staff and design team consultants in New Westminster. It is imperative that the artist is available to begin work in Summer 2017.

     

    ARTIST SELECTION SCHEDULE*

    Deadline for Call for Qualifications: March 30, 2017

    Selection Panel Meeting: April 19, 2017

    Finalist Notification: April 21, 2017

    Finalist Interviews: April 26, 2017

    Contract Issued: Spring 2017

    Construction: Summer 2017

    *Dates are subject to change

     

    APPLICATION CHECK LIST

    Part 1: Applicant contact information.

    CV— Three-page (maximum) current professional CV.

    STATEMENT OF INTEREST — 300 words (or less) that explain the artist’s current practice and how their practice would respond to the posted selection criteria.

    REFERENCES — Applicants to provide the names, titles and contact telephone and e-mail of three (3) references who can speak to your ability, skills and experience.

    Part 2: WORK SAMPLES — Applicants should submit 10 samples of past work (one image per page) that best illustrate their qualifications for this project.

    1. Images –Images will be digitally projected on a screen.
    1. Applicants will be required to list the title, date of completion, medium, and dimensions on each work sample on the digital image slide
    1. In a separate document (maximum 2 pages), applicants are encouraged to include information identifying the commissioning entity, budget, specific role and responsibilities and project partners. Please provide a brief description (50 words or less) of each work sample.
    1. Please do not submit preliminary sketches for the project at this stage. 

     

    SUBMISSION INFORMATION

    Submissions may be provided to the City either by email, uploaded to the City’s FTP site, or delivered in hard copy, on or before the deadline for submissions, as follows:

    1. Email:

    If the Artist chooses to submit by email, the Artist must submit their information electronically in pdf files to the City at

    PDF emailed submissions are preferred and the City will confirm receipt of emails.  Note that the maximum file size the City can receive is 10Mb.  If sending large email attachments, Artists should phone to confirm receipt. An Artist bears all risk that the City’s equipment functions properly so that the City receives the submission on time.

    1. FTP site upload:

    https://fileshare.newwestcity.ca/filedrop/~bXqSxX

    1. Hard Copy:

    If the Artist chooses NOT to submit by email or FTP site, the Artist should submit one (1) original and one (1) copy (two in total) which must be delivered to the City in a sealed package addressed to:

    Queensborough Design Build Public Art Inspired Bus Shelter

    Attn: Purchasing Manager

    C/O: Main Reception Desk, City of New Westminster, 511 Royal Avenue

             New Westminster, BC, V3L 1H9

    Regardless of the Artist’s delivery method (electronic or hard copy) the City will not consider late submissions.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT:

    Biliana Velkova, Arts Coordinator

    604.515.3822 bvelkova@newwestcity.ca

     

  • 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

    Life Drawing Models (19+)
    Positions have been filled.

    School Programs - Workshop Facilitator (19+)
    Call for applications closed. Applications currently under review.

     

  • 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. www.carolinabergonzoni.org

    • 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 www.saskiajetten.com

    • 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. hilltophausfrau.etsy.com
      hilltophausfrau.blogspot.ca

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