Info for Artists



We believe that one of the greatest strengths of Vancouver's art community is its diversity. We aspire to represent this as fully as possible.

Given that goal, our primary considerations are skill, execution, experience, capability, style, quality, diversity, individuality, and context.



Mural Process

  • VMF coordinates with selected artists as to which wall they will paint and retains the final decision.
  • Artists are given artistic freedom to create what they want in conversation with the festival curator and building owners. 
  • Building owners maintain the right to veto a design.
  • All artists must possess any relevant safety and equipment certifications.  VMF will provide opportunities for Fall Arrest and Lift Operation Certification prior to festival.
  • Typical timeline for painting is 7 days.
  • While socially challenging art is always appreciated and encouraged, no gratuitous violence, racism, or hateful content is permitted. 




  • We expect everyone involved with VMF to be respectful to staff, artists, volunteers, building owners, and their environment.  
  • Any artist found in violation of this will no longer be permitted to paint.  Any outstanding fees will be withheld and their assigned wall may be repainted.
  • Artists must meet all deadlines as determined by VMF.  (e.g. final draft, paint order, etc).


All mural artists are paid. Fee is based on project scope and artist experience. VMF will provide all paint and supplies in addition to the artist fee.



Submissions  —
2018 Artist Submissions are closed!

VMF is a curated event with a mandate for inclusivity.  We have 2 routes for mural inclusion in the festival:  

  • Official selection via submission through our website – 2017 Submissions have closed.
  • Independent artists creating a mural in or around our festival timeline/footprint (August in Mount Pleasant) can request to be included on our website, map, and promotions. All independent murals must be created through the city-approved Mural Support Program and will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further details.