Booooooom x Capture Photography Festival: Public Art Open Call

This is now our fifth straight year teaming up with Capture Photography Festival, Western Canada’s largest lens-based art festival! We’re once again in charge of curating a public art installation here in Vancouver, and this time it will be installed on the Broadway-City Hall Canada Line Train Station. If you’re a photographer or an artist making lens-based work, this is a worldwide open call to submit for consideration.

The selected artist will be part of the 11th annual 2024 Capture Photography Festival which will take place from April 1–30, 2024. The public art project will be on display from April–August 2024. The selected artist’s work will be featured in the 2024 Capture Catalogue and on the Capture and Booooooom websites. The artist will be paid a fee of approximately $665 CAD (the finalized artist fee will adhere to standard 2024 CARFAC fees for temporary public artworks in Canada). 

Deadline for submissions: Monday, October 23, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST.

Last year, we selected Alison Boulier as the artist for our 2023 Capture Public Art Project. You can see her work installed on the Olympic Village Canada Line Station.

Alison Boulier photos installed at the Olympic Village Canada Line Station as part of Capture 2023. Photo: Alison Boulier

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For the 2024 installation, the artwork will be installed on the five windows of the Broadway–City Hall Canada Line Station that face Cambie St. The works will be printed on 60/40 vinyl and a didactic panel with information on the work will be placed alongside the installation. The five windows can be used to display one large horizontal image across all the panels or a series of five images. For reference, here is Soloman Chiniquay and jaz whitford’s work installed at this station as part of Capture 2023.

Soloman Chiniquay and jaz whitford, Works from the Ake Huchimagachach Ena (I’ll see you again mother) Ake Huchimagachach Ade (I’ll see you again father) series, 2017–21. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo: Dennis Ha

You may submit a single work or a related series of works. If you want to submit multiple works that are not related to each other, please make multiple submissions, as multiple images in one entry will be considered as a single body of work, and the jury will take into consideration cohesiveness.

Please note we cannot publicly display images of people. As per InTransitBC Public Art Installation Policy: any depiction of graffiti, weapons, smoking, alcohol and drug paraphernalia, religious messages, corporate logos, or of individuals or groups within an artwork is not permitted

Unlimited entries are FREE for Booooooom members and Capture members. If you’re a Capture member, email Capture to request the submission link. All entries by non-members are subject to a fee of $15 USD paid at the time of submission.

All entries will be reviewed by Jeff Hamada, Editor-in-Chief of Booooooom, to identify a shortlist. This list will be reviewed by a jury of Capture Photography Festival and Boooooooom staff who will mutually agree upon a finalist. The chosen artist or artist group will be selected in November.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, October 23, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST.

All applicants will receive a notification after the final selection in November.

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If you are unable to afford a membership, we are offering one-time submissions for people who are experiencing financial hardship. Head over here to fill out a request form and let us know about your situation. (Available until Oct 16, 2023) Once approved, you will be able to make a single submission to this open call.

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