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Nov 15, 2023 23:59 - 23:59

Call to Artists: Haiku Exhibition 2024

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival In Partnership with the Museum of Vancouver
Featured in Vanier Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden in Spring 2024

The 18th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) invites a unique opportunity for emerging and established artists, with priority being given to artists who identify as Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and/or Japanese Canadian, to produce an exciting new work to celebrate the 2023 winning haiku and the transcendent fleeting beauty of the flowering cherry tree.

Interested artists will choose one of the six winning haiku poems and propose an original visual piece (or an adapted piece that works well in conversation with the poem that integrates the poem text into the artwork). Selected artists will be chosen by a panel of Festival artists.

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Artist Application Deadline: November 15, 2023 (11:59PM PST)


The installation will be displayed in Vanier Park with the Museum of Vancouver and the Cherry Blossom Grove at VanDusen Botanical Garden amongst a beautiful display of cherry blossoms. It will consist of 6 illuminated cylinders independently supported to highlight the beauty of the cherry tree trunks and the cylinders will be 4โ€™ diameter x 6โ€™ high wooden structures that will support a printed translucent fabric (held at top and bottom only).  The translucent fabric will be backlit using LED flex light, located at the top and bottom of the cylinder.


We invite you to showcase your creativity by displaying the winning haiku in a large, easily visible font on a fabric canvas. Each artist will be responsible for designing one cylinder wrap. To view previous yearโ€™s featured artists and their artwork, visit Haiku Exhibition.

Artwork will be due on February 1, 2024. Each artist will receive a compensation of $2,000.

Artwork Specifications:

  • Format: Landscape
  • Original Artwork Size: 20″ x 36″
  • Integration: The haiku text, along with the poet’s name must be clearly incorporated into the design.
  • Medium: Both digital and traditional methods (e.g., hand-drawn or painted) are accepted. If you opt for traditional methods, please ensure that your final artwork is digitized to meet our submission requirements.

Important: All submitted art must be vectorized.
In order to print artwork, it needs to be in vector format. If you are unable to provide this, please check in with the VCBF team right away so that we can arrange to assist you.

If you have any questions or need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Executive Director, Andrea Arnot, at [email protected].

For more details, see the full document: Call to Artists_ Haiku Exhibition 2024.