How to Participate
The North Van City Mosaic welcomes everyone who lives, works, or plays in the City of North Vancouver to create an image of their COVID-19 story!
Step 1 – Plan
Reflect on what you want to remember about getting through this pandemic together. You can participate with a photograph or a picture of your artwork (drawing, painting, printmaking…). We love all kinds of artwork, so no need to worry about skill or ability, this project is about self-expression and telling a story.
Step 2 – Create
- You decided to share a photograph or digital artwork. The picture size must be bigger than 1024 x 1024 pixels (a typical cell phone photo will work great)
- You decided to share a drawing or painting. You will need a digital file of your artwork. The artwork you submit can be any size , just know it will need to be cropped into a square format during the submission process. If you need more instructions about uploading art, please go to the FAQ at the end of this page.
Step 3 – Submit Your Image
You can participate anonymously, with your initials, or with your full name. An email address is required to submit an image to the North Van City Mosaic. You will receive an email to confirm your submission to the Mosaic and upcoming announcements for Phase II of this community public art project. Emails will not be made public or shared with third parties.
If you choose to, you will have the opportunity to write a short text to let others know what your image is about. Start by thinking about what you would like to share regarding your experience of the pandemic.
Watch a tutorial video here if you need help:
Step 4 – Share With Your Community
Let your friends and family know about your artwork in the North Van City Mosaic! Your confirmation email includes a link to your image in the Mosaic; share your link on social media, and don’t forget to follow @NorthVanArts and tag #socialcollectiveCNV #NorthVanCityMosaic, and invite your friends to participate!
If you do not have access to a computer or if you work with people who do not have access to a computer, you can download a printable participation form here, as well as our blank square PDF file here. Fill out the form and make a drawing or a painting in the blank square and bring in or mail the artwork and documents to North Van Arts: 335 Lonsdale Avenue. North Vancouver, BC V7M 2G3
More Questions? Here Is Our FAQ
Yes, we welcome all participations from people who live, play or work in the City of North Vancouver. Your picture will be part of the Mosaïc right after you submit the form.
Nevertheless, we might edit or refuse a participation if the quality is too low (blurry picture, frame and wall included in a drawing picture) or the content is inappropriate. In most cases we will try to communicate with you so you have a chance to modify your participation.
No the mosaic accepts only static images.
We accept entries by people who live, work or play in North Vancouver city.
So for example, if you live outside of North Vancouver City but work in North Vancouver city , or like to stroll on Lonsdale, the pier or the green necklace, or train in a City of North Van Community Center, take the Seabus, enjoy visiting the galleries… you are welcome to participate.
It is not mandatory but we encourage you to share a text that will explain what your picture is about. Note that some of the texts might be used in future projects stemming from the mosaic.
There is a maximum of 4 pictures per participant. They could be individual pictures or they could tell a short story.
To create a digital file of your drawing, painting or print, scan your image in either black & white or colour, or take a photo of your artwork. You do not need a professional camera; a cell phone camera will work great.
You can use this free online tool to resize, adjust or crop your picture.
You can make your drawing any size as long as it is square. If we print the final picture for an exhibition, your drawing will be automatically cropped so it can fit into the display of the mosaic.
You can also download our blank square PDF file and print it.
Participation will be open until Fall 2021.
Your participation could be photography, drawing, painting, mixed media. collage, digital art… in color or black and white.
We want original art and photography, because you need to own the copyright of your picture, For example, do not copy a picture you found online.
The mosaic tiles are square so if you enter a rectangular picture, you will be asked to crop your picture while submitting the form.
Most pictures by cell phones or camera have a big enough resolution and the website will automatically resize your picture. So as long as your picture is bigger than 1024 x 1024 pixels, it will be accepted.
For example, an 8 x 8 inch square drawing for will fit in a letter size paper and will be easy to scan. We suggest using our blank square PDF file to download and print out to use.
As much as we respect free speech, we also have to make sure that the project is visible to a large audience. We will decide on a case by case basis if the content shared is appropriate.
Click here to see the mosaic in its current state, it is growing in real time !