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, however these costs will be deducted from artist fees.
  • 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  —
2017 Artist Submissions are closed.

Our line-up of 2017 Festival Artists is set. Please be in touch if you'd like to engage as volunteer support on this year's festival. Watch this site for application requests for 2018 coming this Fall.

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 to be a part of VMF.



Want to Help Paint?


Emily Carr University
Parking Lot Exhibition


We Want You

We are looking for current Emily Carr University of Art + Design students, including the graduating class of 2017, to showcase in the Emily Carr University Parking Lot Exhibition at the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival, happening on August 12, 2017.


The project:

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is thrilled to be participating in the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival with the Emily Carr University Parking Lot Exhibition. This exhibition will consist of 25 parking stalls designed and painted by Emily Carr University students during the Vancouver Mural Festival on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Selected Artists will be given one stall, and provided with paint and supplies to complete their juried mural design. The murals will remain in the parking lot indefinitely, or until they need to be removed. Artists selected to participate will also be awarded an honorarium by Emily Carr University.



How to apply:

Eligible applicants will need to complete one application form, and one parking stall mural design sketch. Your sketch does not have to be fully detailed, but artist selection will be based on this rendering so make it as accurate and flushed out as possible. If selected, artists will need to be available on Saturday, August 12 all day to complete their design. See following pages for forms.


Application PDF