Art in the Park

The Pacific National Exhibition is an iconic institution in BC, famous for bringing generations of people together to celebrate and build memories.

This 110-year-old, non-profit organization has an annual operating budget of $55 million dollars and generates revenue through four activity streams:  the 15-day annual summer Fair which averages 800,000 guests each year, Playland amusement park which welcomes 375,000 guests annually including Fright Nights, and year-round events including family entertainment, concerts, trade shows and film, cultural and community events.  The fourth activity stream is park care and facility maintenance.  The PNE is proud of the work it does at Hastings Park and has a vibrant team that is passionate about events, guest experience and being the best we can be.

At the PNE, we strive to create an environment that reflects our organization’s core values: Enthusiasm, Excellence and Evolution.  With a focus on these core values, we are committed to bringing joy to our guests, our employees, and our community through our mission to “Deliver Memorable Experiences”.

For the past 13 years, the PNE, along with our partner Vancity, have focused on the implementation and growth of our sustainability objective (See addendum 1 following the brief for the Vancity/PNE Story). This has included audits and baseline measurement setting to reporting and awards. It is time to celebrate our achievements in this objective by creating a legacy of art throughout the park.

Call for Submissions

Our Art in the Park Program invites artists to submit their ideas for public art projects in large scale, with a focus on our sustainability story.

The artwork could be in any medium; including but not limited to, murals and sculptures, utilizing elements “recovered” from our recycling area. We are looking for artists to propose meaningful Public Art pieces for select spaces within Hastings Park that reflect our partnership’s shared sustainability objectives and tell our story through the themes of zero waste, water use, and energy conservation. 

This is an open to all artists, working individually or in collaboration. As we reside on indigenous territories; artists and cultural practitioners of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations are especially encouraged to apply.

The PNE is asking for a submission of portfolio only. Prior experience using upcycled materials and works highlighting sustainability are an asset.

From the portfolio submissions, the PNE will commission three artists to each design and create artwork suitable for large space, outdoor display. The intent is for the commissioned artwork to be on display for five years or longer.

The portfolio submission deadline is June 21, 2021 at 5pm. Portfolio submissions should be emailed in PDF format (5mb max) to You will be contacted on June 22nd confirming your submission is received for consideration.

Decisions will be made by July 2nd.

2021 Key Dates

Open call released June 3
Portfolio Submission deadline June 21 – 5PM Pacific
Committee Selection June 21 – June 30
Commission assignment July 2 - 6
Concept due July 19
Submission creation July 25-Sept 1
Artworks commissioned Complete and displayed Sept 4-6
Artwork permanent installation October


The PNE will provide the following to commissioned artists:

  • $4000 fee to cover design and creation of artwork
  • PNE to cover installation costs and external signage for permanent display
  • PNE to provide access to recycling bins onsite to gather materials to create final product – intent is to upcycle materials as part of design. Any materials that aren’t available onsite will be at the artist’s expense.

Portfolio Submission Guidelines

Please include the following:

Artist Statement (250 words max) including the following:

  • What part of the brief inspired you the most?
  • Preference of theme (water, energy, zero waste)
  • Artist Bio (250 words max)
  • Preferred Medium (Mural, Sculpture, etc)
  • 3-5 examples of relevant work and or a submission of a completed piece that is within the parameters of this call that could be used. (3 pages max)

The portfolio submission deadline is June 21, 2021 at 5pm. Portfolio submissions should be emailed in PDF format (5mb max).


Upon acceptance of artist, the following will be required for approval by the PNE committee:

  • Proposal/Project Description (1 page max)
  • Visual design rendering
  • Technical Requirements
  • Visual Support Material with Support Material List

Please select visual support material mindfully, as upcycling is an important component of the commission to effectively assist in the storytelling.

Programming Policy

All submissions for consideration are judged in relation to the PNE’s objectives along with the alignment of our programming focus to celebrate sustainability through storytelling with the development of large art pieces, providing a legacy for Hastings Park. Submissions that arrive after the deadline will not be considered. A secondary call may be required to clarify information from the selection committee.

All designs are subject to approval by the PNE. We withhold the right to proceed with project.

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact Melissa Moskal at: