Call for Expressions of Interest: Community Histories, City of Surrey

Artist Call (Community Art) – Community Histories

Submission Deadline: March 22, 2024
Artist Fee: $5,200 + GST

Calling all visual artists!
Clayton Community Centre warmly invites a visual artist to create a hanging exhibition in our foyer inspired by the collections at Surrey Archives. We seek artists, inspired by collaborative and investigative work, who have a fondness for researching and presenting Surrey’s diverse histories through art.

Find the full call and other current calls here.

Call Objectives:

  • To create art through research at Surrey Archives
  • To bring new and interesting art to Clayton Community Centre

We are looking for projects that:

  • Work well in a large ceiling area and are built to be hung
  • Contemporary work that engages with the Surrey Archives collection
  • Work that connects Surrey’s past to the present
  • We are particularly interested in hearing from artists both local to Surrey and/or artists from diverse backgrounds and practices that may work well in a community setting

Surrey Archive Example: Margaret Stevenson’s diary is the earliest record written by a Surrey woman in the collection. The above diary pages document her journey from the Orkney Islands in Scotland to Surrey in the 1880s.


  • Submission deadline: March 22, 2024
  • Show dates: September 2024 – August 2025
  • Art making and archives research: April – July 2024

Clayton Community Centre in Surrey, BC is surrounded by parkland and combines Arts, Library, and Recreation services into one facility. We have a passion for bringing art and the Surrey community closer. We are looking for artists who are passionate about community empowerment.

Surrey Archives in Cloverdale is a 10-minute drive from Clayton Community Centre. Their mission is: “To keep the memories of our communities alive and increase our understanding of each other”.

The Archives holds diaries, photos, maps, film, and oral histories documenting Surrey’s past.

The Hanging Space at Clayton Community Centre:

  • The Hanging Space is a line of 7 mounting hooks along the ceiling.
  • Each hook can take up to 168.6 lbs.

Surrey Archive Example: Tom Inouye, Ed Takahashi and George Hirasawa are pictured on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth School around 1940. Many Japanese Canadian families lived in the Strawberry Hill area of Surrey before they were forcibly displaced in 1942.


$5,200 +GST towards the development and design of the project.
We will provide additional support and materials for the installation.

Submission Deadline: March 22, 2024

Your expression of interest should contain the following information:

  • A project title
  • A short bio (50-100 words)
  • A statement (max 250 words) – Including participating artists and experiences. Overview of the project.
  • A project pitch
  • A C.V. (max 2 pages)
  • A portfolio (max 10 images)

Submission guidelines can be found here.

Surrey Archive Example: Urban planning and urban renewal efforts transformed the landscape of Surrey in the 1960s and ’70s. Pictured above is the revitalization of 176th Street in Cloverdale’s historic downtown in 1971.


If you have any questions or to make your submission please contact the Community Arts team:

Clayton Community Centre
7155 187A Street
Surrey, BC V4N 6L9


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  • We are aiming to make our calls more accessible.

If you have questions about Surrey Archives, contact: