For Artists

COVID-19 Update for Artists 

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and are developing contingency plans for various scenarios. We are exploring possibilities of an in-person socially distant Culture Crawl. We are also exploring digital opportunities and looking at the possibility that we may have to pivot to a partial online Crawl festival.

We will make a decision regarding this year’s Crawl festival before the regular refund deadline (August 31) so that registered artists have ample time to decide if they would like to participate. Before we make our decision, we will consult with building owners, artists and others as required. You can expect a decision regarding the shape of this year’s festival by the beginning of August.

It is important to us to keep both our artists and the Crawl profiled in the public limelight and not lose what we have spent 24 years building.  We believe that although the Crawl might be different this year, it is vital in both the short and long term for artists to maintain a presence so that the momentum that you have gained with your art and audiences remain current and on people’s mind. We hope you share this perspective and join us for this year’s festival.

In the event that we cannot go ahead with the festival, artists will be offered the option of a refund or to donate their fee and receive a tax receipt. 

 Join us for the 24th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl!  

NOVEMBER 19 - 22, 2020

Thursday, November 19     5pm - 10pm
Friday, November 20          5pm - 10pm
Saturday, November 21     11am - 6pm
Sunday, November 22         11am - 6pm


Early Bird Fees

April 20 - June 5, 2020
$145 + GST
Total: $152.25

Artists registering after Friday, June 5th at 5pm will pay the regular fee

Regular Fees

June 6 - November 19, 2020
$185 + GST
Total: $194.25


How To Register

For RETURNING artists

If you are a returning artist your online presence is deactivated as of April 20, 2020
Once you have registered your artist profile will be back online

    Login to your account to register online.  To pay by cheque or e-transfer see payment instructions below 

    Login to your account to update your artist profile if needed
    If you do not fill out your online artist profile you will not be listed online or in the program

For NEW Artists

    Create a new account on the Crawl website here 

    Login to your new account and you will land on the New Artist Application form
    Please review the eligibility criteria at the bottom of this page before submitting your application
    Applications can take several days to process so make sure to submit well in advance of deadlines
    The deadline to submit a new artist application is November 13 at 5pm

  3. PAY THE Participant FEE
    If your application is approved you will be able to proceed to register as a Culture Crawl artist
    Login to your account to register online or follow the link in your approval email
    To pay by cheque or e-transfer see the payment instructions below

    Login to your account to fill out your artist profile 
    Once you have filled out your online artist profile you will appear in our online artist listings
    If you do not fill out your online artist profile you will not be listed in the print program

If you wish to make other payment arrangements, such as cash, contact us at or 778-379-4545

Online Payment
  • Login to your account to pay online
  • If you pay online your Culture Crawl registration will automatically be activated
  • Online payment is via PayPal (through PayPal you will also have the option to pay by credit card)
  • When making your online payment, please make sure to enter the same email address that is associated with your Crawl artist account.
  • To ensure accuracy for listings, website search, membership list and payment, please use one form for each artist registering and make payments seperately.  

  • If you pay by e-transfer it will take a few days to manually activate your registration
  • Please send your payment to
  • Please email the answer to the security question to along with your name and the email address associated with your Crawl artist account

Paying By Cheque
  • If you pay by cheque it will take a few days to manually activate your registration
  • Please make cheques payable to ECCS
  • Please include a note with your name and the email address associated with your Crawl artist account
  • Cheques may be mailed to or dropped off at either of these 2 locations:

716 E Hastings St
Vancouver, BC  V6A 1R5
Please note: our office is currently closed to the public. If dropping off, please put payment through the mail-slot (to the left of the door under the window).

#108-1000 Parker St
Vancouver, BC  V6A 2H2
Please note: 1000 Parker is currently closed to the public so you will only be able to access the building if you are a tenant there. If you are dropping off, slide your payment under the door of suite 108.  

  • The registration refund deadline is August 31
  • There will be a $35 administration processing fee
  • To request a refund contact us at or 778-379-4545


If you have any questions and/or technical difficulties please contact us at 778-379-4545

Eligibility Criteria

The Eastside Culture Crawl festival is focused exclusively on professional artists in their own studios, producing unique works of art. The Selection Committee is guided by standards of professionalism similar to, for example, Canadian Artist Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC), the Canada Council, and the Craft Council of British Columbia (CCBC). 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS about whether you are eligible to participate in the Culture Crawl, please contact the Eastside Culture Crawl administration. We will be happy to review the intent of the Crawl festival, and determine if you are eligible. If necessary, we will consult your artistic peers who are Crawl eligible to review your particular situation.

  1. To be a participating artist in the Eastside Culture Crawl your studio must be within our boundaries - Columbia Street to Victoria Drive & First Ave to the waterfront.
  2. You may not sublet or rent out your studio to others during Crawl hours.  The Eastside Culture Crawl is a public studio visit with artists in their own workspace.
  3. Your artwork must be one of a kind and created by you. Mass produced work is ineligible. Consumable, disposable, and perishable items (such as food manufacturers, culinary arts, plants, candles, soap, etc.) are ineligible.
  4. You can only promote and sell work you have created.
  5. Each artist registers individually regardless of whether the work is a collaboration, collective etc. If you are operating under a business name and/or collective with more then one artist, each artist must register.
  6. The Eastside Culture Crawl does not allow you to serve alcohol during Crawl hours.
  7. You must be open during all the Crawl hours and be present in your studio for the full 4 days of the festival.
  8. You must be 18 years of age and over
  9. If your studio is in a residential apartment building you must obtain permission from the building manager.  If you do not have a separate/private entrance you must have someone at the door to let people in and walk them to your studio.  
  10. See the Artists Agreement for further details and responsibilities.  This must be read and agreed to before you can register for the Eastside Culture Crawl.

Key Dates for 2020

April 20

2020 Registration opens

April 26      

ECCS Annual General Meeting
Register to attend 

June 5     

Early Bird Registration deadline

August 31   

Refund deadline
There will be a $35 administration processing fee


November 13 

Final deadline for NEW artists to submit applications
RETURNING artists may register up until November 19

Why Participate

  • Welcome visitors to your studio
  • Expand your fanbase by introducing your art to festival attendees
  • Deepen your relationship with fans by telling them about your creative process, work and answering their questions
  • Create a lasting memory. People are more likely to promote an artist they’ve met and liked

*Please note that selling work is an artist's choice and responsibility


Reach a large audience

  • Get discovered by 80,000+ website visitors and 45,000+ festival attendees
  • Benefit from over $100,000 worth of media coverage
  • Use a discounted rate when advertising in the Georgia Straight
  • Promotion via 25,000 copies of a professionally designed, printed and distributed program guide
  • Eligibility for preview shows 
  • Individual artist page on the Crawl website
  • Eligibility for promotion via the Crawl's social media channels (9500 Facebook fans, 6000 Twitter followers, 8700 Instagram followers, and 3000 email subscribers)


Other benefits

  • Membersip in the organization
  • Join a community of professional artists who inspire and support each other
  • Participate in artist development workshops offered throughout the year
  • Participate in the Studio 101 program for elementary school students
  • Benefit from the advocacy work the Eastside Culture Crawl staff and volunteers do