Public Art Path (THRIVE grant)

Call for Submissions

The Town of Gibsons is calling on local artists who work in all mediums to submit their proposals for new installations to be exhibited on a public art path which will link Upper and Lower Gibsons.

Installations could be trail markers, trailside shrines and sculptures, urban street art, forest creations with natural elements, or something unexpected and totally original.

Preference will be given to artists who reside within the Sunshine Coast Regional District and Qathet/Powell River, or who have past/personal connections to the region. Submissions from Indigenous artists are welcomed and encouraged.

Interested parties should review the Call for Submissions document, which includes an Artist Information and Design Proposal form, along with detailed information about what the selection committee is seeking.

Questions and art submissions may be sent to arts@gibsons.ca.

Submission deadline is Monday, February 28, 2022. 

Project Background

The Town of Gibsons has received a grant in the amount of $50,000 to create a “public art path” which will work to connect Upper and Lower Gibsons, and showcase our artistic and cultural assets.

It is anticipated that the art path will take visitors from the Town’s entrance at Gibsons Creek (near the Chekwelp Squamish Lands) and through the Lower Gibsons business centre and shoreline, including stops at existing public art displays at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Town Hall, Gibsons Public Library, Gibsons Public Market and Arts Building. The path will then continue up the Inglis trail to an Upper Gibsons residential neighbourhood and along to Gibsons’ commercial strip on the Sunshine Coast Highway.

Selected new public art installations will be added to strategic sites along the path, as trailhead markers, and featured standalone and forest installations.

The Public Art Committee will work with the local creative community to manage an open submission call for the new public art installations. Additionally, an Indigenous Curator will be appointed to liaise with Squamish Nation culture authorities and Squamish artists.

The new art installations will be selected through a jury submission call, with works based on artistic merit, longevity, maintenance and other practical considerations, as well as budget.

The project is fully funded by the THRIVE Small Capital Program, which supports new, innovative and concept-driven small capital initiatives that drive new vitality to downtown, Main Street or business districts. THRIVE-funded projects are meant to foster increased visitor attraction, resident engagement and increased commercial activity.

Read the 2021-12-15 Press Release: “New Cultural Corridor in Gibsons to Unite Commercial Areas Through Art” here

Read the Public Art Path THRIVE Grant Application here.