• VMF is a curated event with a mandate for inclusivity.  We have 2 routes for mural inclusion in the festival:  
    • Official selection via submission through our website – 2017 Submissions have closed.
    • Independent artists creating a mural in or around our festival timeline/footprint (August in Mount Pleasant) can request to be included on our website, map, and promotions. Please send us a request here. All independent murals must be created through the city-approved Mural Support Program to be a part of VMF.


  • We believe that one of the greatest strengths of Vancouver's art community is its diversity. We aspire to represent this as fully as possible.
  • Given that goal, our primary considerations are skill, execution, experience, capability, style, quality, diversity, individuality, and context.


  • All mural artists are paid. Fee is based on project scope and artist experience. 
  • VMF provides all paint and supplies in addition to the artist fee.


  • We expect everyone involved with VMF to be respectful to staff, artists, volunteers, building owners, and their environment.  
  • Any artist found in violation of this will no longer be permitted to paint.  Any outstanding fees will be withheld and their assigned wall may be repainted.
  • Artists must meet deadlines as determined by VMF.  (e.g. final draft, paint order, etc).


  • VMF coordinates with selected artists as to which wall they will paint and retains the final decision.
  • Artists are given artistic freedom to create what they want in conversation with the festival curator and building owners. 
  • Building owners maintain the right to veto a design.
  • All artists must possess any relevant safety and equipment certifications.  VMF will provide opportunities for Fall Arrest and Lift Operation Certification, however these costs will be deducted from artist fees.
  • Typical timeline for painting is 7 days.
  • While socially challenging art is always appreciated and encouraged, no gratuitous violence, racism, or hateful content is permitted.