Visual Arts Exhibition

A photo of a person painting with a graphic overlay that reads 2024 Visual Arts Exhibition

The City of Coquitlam is focused on identifying and increasing opportunities for local artists to display their two-dimensional visual art pieces in civic facilities. This pilot program will showcase the talents of local artists, promotes dialogue and cultural awareness by integrating more art into the community. It also aligns with Coquitlam’s Arts, Culture & Heritage Strategic Plan (2015-2030).

2024 Themes

This year's exhibition themes, "Inclusion” and “Growth," support the City’s commitment to fostering equity, diversity and inclusion.  These themes inspire dialogue and foster an understanding of the significance art plays in our community.

How to Apply

Local artists from the Metro Vancouver area, with preference given to artists based in Coquitlam, are invited to submit an application to have their two-dimensional visual art pieces on display at the new Town Centre Park Community Centre or Maillardville Community Centre from September 2024 to January 2025. 

The Visual Arts Exhibition is open to emerging and professional artists aged 16 and up, who are not represented by a professional gallery. Artists working with the following two-dimensional mediums are encouraged to submit an application:

  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Photographs
  • Collages
  • Prints

Applications can be completed online or submitted by mail before the deadline of Wednesday, July 3 at 11:59 p.m. Please review our Artist Information Package (PDF) before applying.

Complete an Application Online

Submit an application online and email the following items to

  • Resume including exhibition history and education.
  • A minimum of one to a maximum of five digital images of artwork: 
    • Images must be high resolution (JPGs or TIFFs at 300dpi, no smaller than 5”x7”).
    • Named and numbered using the following naming convention:  Artist lastname_Title of work.jpg
    • Artwork(s) submitted should represent one or both of the themes.
  • A list identifying all artworks the artist/group proposes to exhibit including title, medium, date and

Send in an Application via Mail

Download an application form and send to:

Attn: Arts and Culture Program Coordinator, Culture Services
City Hall Coquitlam
3000 Guildford Way
Coquitlam, B.C.
V3B 7N2

Special thanks to the City of Coquitlam Culture Services Advisory Committee for its initial research, and the City of Port Coquitlam, City of North Vancouver, Coquitlam Public Library and Place des Arts for sharing information and materials that have informed this program.