Art Installation Information Package

Thank you for your interest in the Bass Coast Art Installation Grant program 2020.

Bass Coast Festival is an immersive, artistic experience. Since the inception of our Art Grant program in 2012 we have invited artists to exhibit at our event through the program giving out over $160,000 in grants. The art exhibit expands over the entire site creating a cohesive artistic experience for attendees. Our goal is to enhance our festival with compelling environments created with the support of the Art Grant funding. We support and showcase visual artists, from virtuosos to those just beginning their professional careers. Please read the application thoroughly before submitting to ensure your art meets the criteria we’re looking for.

We’re seeking the following:

  1. Innovative three dimensional art
  2. Designs that are interactive with the viewer
  3. Installations that light up at night
  4. Installations that initiate profound conversation
  5. Designs that create an environment that encourages viewers to gather

Mandatory Criteria

  • create unique and innovative concepts.
  • incorporates natural elements and/or repurposed materials.
  • include interesting lighting design
  • include a seating area
  • build structurally sound designs, built to the B.C. code.
  • use weather resistant materials.
  • carry liability insurance on overhead or inherently risky installations

Art may be pre-existing or in the design phase when submitting your application.

Very Important Info:
  • No pop up tents, if you use a tent it must be disguised
  • No rental fencing
  • No tarps, unless disguised
  • Art that does not match the description provided in the application or offer may be asked to be removed from the site and the grant revoked.

Bass Coast is a 19 plus event and photo ID is required to enter the festival site. This includes all presenters. No animals are permitted on-site before, during or after the event.


Prepare for all weather. We may experience extreme heat, torrential rain, severe thunderstorms and high winds. It is your responsibility to make sure your art is prepared for the elements. The art exhibit areas are open & opulent playscapes. As such, we don't allow pop-up tents or unsightly tarps to be hung above art installations. Make sure your art is able to survive the elements without any clunky or plain looking weatherproofing interrupting the atmosphere. Be creative.


If your art is going to be hung in the air or shackled to the ground, please make sure it is SECURE. If your art is airborne, you may require a rigger on your team. If it is in the ground and could be a hazard by falling over or getting caught in the wind, get rebar stakes. If you have any safety concerns during setup, please let us know and we will do our best to assist you. We reserve the right to remove or take down without notice any art that is a safety concern.


All Art Grant recipients may need to add Bass Coast to their liability insurance depending on the Art Grant design. A minimum of must have at least 2 million in liability insurance per installation will be required.


Vehicles used for installation may enter the forest area where Art Grant will be installed for drop off and pick up purposes only. The forest is a small space and cannot accommodate excess vehicles for extended periods of time. Vehicles will not be able to enter the forest after Thursday, July 11 at noon.


Art Grant presenters receive an Early Entry ticket which includes General Admission camping in Campground A, or Art Grant Camping (located on the festival side of the river). Please note we do not allow crew to camp beside their installations. Art Grant Camping is no more than a 5-minute walk away from your installation.


You are responsible for the setup, tear down and upkeep of your installation throughout the festival. You must ensure your installation is illuminated for viewing at night. We will not be providing you with any tools, lifts, ladders equipment or hardware.


Power will be allocated on an individual basis depending on the needs of each installation.

Bass Coast does not provide power for tools during set-up. If you require more power for set up than your own battery powered tools, please note in your application. You are responsible for bringing your own power bar(s) and extension cord(s) to plug into site power for the duration of the festival.


Bass Coast is not responsible for any damage, theft, vandalism or any other incident regarding your installation, tools or property. You are completely responsible for your installation and property on site.


Feb 15: Art Grant Applications close

Oct 31: 1st round opens

Dec 31: 1st round Large Scale Application close

Jan 1: 2nd round opens

Jan 15: Successful applicants from 1st round contacted

Mar 1: Final round of Art Grant Applications close

Mar 31: All successful applicants contacted

May 1: Art Grant description and bio for Bass Coast website deadline

July 8: Art Grant participants arrive on site

July 9: Gates open for early entry ticket holders

July 10: Installations must be completed by midnight

July 13: Art Installations must be removed by 5 PM