Culture - Round About Art

Public Art

Public art is defined as any work of art that is created by an artist specifically to be located in a public space, usually outside and accessible to all. The City of Abbotsford’s public art policy encompasses a variety of opportunities including public and private-sector artist commissions, community art initiatives, and donations of art work from residents. 

The City has partnered with the University of the Fraser Valley annually, since 2010, to enhance artist capacity by creating a public art commission project specifically geared towards students. View a video of Public Art Collaboration with University of the Fraser Valley.

Public Art can be seen throughout the City of Abbotsford at various locations including, but not limited to:

  • Clearbrook Interchange
  • McCallum Interchange
  • Matsqui Recreation Centre
  • Abbotsford Recreation Centre
  • Downtown Abbotsford
  • Firehall #8
  • Salton Pedestrian / Cycling Bridge

From a practical perspective, public art creates safety, by putting eyes, and people onto the streets where it is located. It also attracts tourists, skilled workers, and businesses that desire to visit and work in an environment that places a high value on aesthetics and place making. The construction of public art supports economic growth by employing engineers, electricians, painters, metal fabricators, glassworks, flagging companies, concrete businesses and installers.

Call for Artists

What does Culture mean to you?

The City of Abbotsford is inviting 2 artists to create one temporary digital printed artwork design each. Each design will be installed at one of two locations: Matsqui Recreation Centre, located at 3106 Clearbrook Road, and Abbotsford Recreation Centre at 2499 McMillan Road. The City will be responsible for printing the digitally-submitted artwork onto vinyl and the installation.

Deadline extended to Sunday, November 24, 2019 by 7:00 pm

For more information, view the application