“For me, this experience became one of learning to foster connections that spoke directly from the body and through the land, revealing how important it is to nurture the many forms of resilience we each carry into actions that speak collectively and listens carefully through the eyes of one another, confronting all that may not be directly seen.”
– Vanessa Grondin


As we begin to manifest Vines Art Festival’s 7th Annual Festival we are inviting you to dream with us in these winter days. This upcoming August we will celebrate Vines’ Feast Year, honouring the growth of our past seasons, our connections to community and the 7 generations to come. 

We don’t know what the festival will look like yet but we intend to focus on returning to occupying public spaces again. This may look differently to years previous depending on the changing COVID safety protocols and our priority is to create events that are safe to our community which includes the elderly, disabled and immunocompromised. This also means we are excited to hear about what you have to offer and will take your projects into consideration as we create the format of the 2021 Festival and how we can work together for this year’s Feast Year!

Vines invites artists of all disciplines interested in creating outdoor site-specific works at local Vancouver parks to apply. In addition to performances, we are looking for visual artists to create work that can be temporarily installed in parks. Site specific can be in architecture, landscape, history or story. To better understand the places we present work please visit our Interactive Map . We believe that when artists are present in public space we are actively reimagining these spaces and redefining who they are for. 

Collaboration is encouraged; applicants can choose to submit new material, as well as pre-existing works that they wish to present within the framework of Vines. Interactive art that allows audience participation is also recommended to connect with the community. We love experimental work and both durational and shorter pieces are accepted*. In other words—we are very open! The only stipulation is the theme of work should be connected to the earth, community and/or systemic change. We value the intersectionality of social issues with environmental issues, as humans are a part of, not separate from nature, we invite you to explore what that means to your body. This year we welcome you to focus on resistance and rejuvenation. We strongly recommend those in intersectional and marginalized communities to apply as we prioritize voices often pushed out or erased. 

*Staged pieces are from 10 – 25 minutes and durational pieces are 30 min – 2 hrs and are works that audiences can come and go to or pass by.  

We want to discuss accessibility with artists earlier in the curation process this year to meet the needs of blind, d/Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent audience members and artists. To do so we will work collaboratively with you to identify how to best curate the festival to support diverse access needs. This may include for example asking for transcripts to promptly accommodate ASL interpretation or providing content warnings before the performance, among other things.

d/Deaf artists or any other artists that would prefer to apply by video than form are welcome to send a video that describes your piece and a brief history of your art history to you can attach the video or send a YouTube or Vimeo link. 

Please include your name, email, phone number, mailing address, pronoun in the body of the email.

January 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST

March 5, 2021 (due to COVID this could shift but this is our goal)

Honorarium, project dependent – if you have questions about fee email

August 4-15, 2021

Trout Lake Park (South end), David Lam Park, Crab Park, Stanley Park, Kits Beach, Strathcona Park, Pandora Park, Creekside Park



Applications are now closed — thank you to all who applied!


Your donation will support the growth of eco-arts in Vancouver.

Vines Art Festival takes place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.



Pandora Fieldhouse
2325 Franklin Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 1S2