Art plays an important role in encouraging ridership, improving perceptions of transit, contributing to way finding, and enhancing community identity. The Broadway Subway Project will include public art, indigenous art through the Cultural Recognition Program, and Temporary Art during construction.
Public Art Open Call
The Province is seeking to commission five professional artists or artist teams to create unique, highly integrated public artworks at each of the following stations: Great Northern Way, Mount Pleasant, Broadway-City Hall, Fairview-VGH and South Granville Station. The Request For Qualifications (RFQ) was open from July 17 – September 24, 2020. Up to 15 shortlisted artists or artist teams will be invited to participate in a Concept Proposal Presentation Stage, and the final selection will be made in 2021.
The Broadway Subway Project is located within the asserted traditional territories of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation. We are working directly with these Indigenous Groups to support a separate, and parallel, process in relation to Indigenous art and cultural recognition for the Project. Indigenous art will be featured at the Arbutus Station plus additional stations, still to be determined in consultation with these nations.
Public art is a key component of the SkyTrain system and is featured at many stations and/or station plazas along the SkyTrain alignment and at all existing Millennium Line stations.