Artist Call for Proposals – Visioning a Better World

Are you an Artist, Illustrator, or Designer who enjoys making work that tells stories about a better world? The BC Council for International Cooperation is seeking to commission visual work to help spread awareness about the Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals.

About the Work

The Global Goals are 17 goals that were created through the United Nations to help guide global progress toward a better world. You can learn more about the goals at – this year we are focusing on 6 of the goals, as many countries including Canada will report their progress on those 6 goals at the UN in New York in the summer of 2018. We are seeking visual interpretations of these 6 goals.

The 6 goals are:

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

How the Artwork would be used

The artwork will primarily be used for the promotion of International Development Week 2018 (Feb 4-10), as well as to accompany a report to the High Level Political Forum where Canada’s progress on these goals will be evaluated. We would also like to use the artwork in our online platforms and any other communications materials where it would be a good fit. The artwork will not be used for commercial or monetary gain (or else we would seek permission, for instance in fundraising for projects). 

Artists and Illustrators will receive an honorarium of $150 per piece (we need 6 separate pieces, to be distributed among 3-6 people)

To Submit a Proposal

Please send an email to with a sample of your past work (can be a link to a website portfolio).

To strengthen your submission you may submit simple sketches and/or a detailed written description interpreting at least 2 of the 6 goals. Simply, explain your ideas well.

Deadline: EXTENDED – January 14 by 11:59pm

Artists will be contacted on January 15, and work must be completed by February 2 – there will also be a  mid-way check in.

Please note that we are looking for interpretations that are positive or inspirational in nature, and that reflect human diversity in terms of race and culture, gender, (dis)ability, and other aspects of identity (without appropriating imagery, please – it is a challenge for the modern artist/designer!).

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