Nooks & Crannies Festival

Nooks & Crannies is a festival where artists create temporary site-specific installations in downtown Okotoks. This art festival sees artists repurpose and animate forgotten places with ‘forgotten’ materials, bringing public art to forgotten corners of downtown Okotoks. Individual artists and teams use recycled products to create installations that raise environmental awareness, animate spaces, and entertain audiences.

The 5th annual Nooks & Crannies Festival runs July 22 to August 26, 2023.

We are now accepting artist submissions! Selected artists receive $250 for participating and have the opportunity to receive an additional $100 if their piece is selected as a winner through public voting in three different categories.

Artists Apply Here

Who Creates the Art?

We have places for all sorts of artists, both individual and teams. 

Participating artists will have the opportunity to collect recyclable materials from the Okotoks Eco Centre in the month prior to installation. 

Nooks and Crannies only accepts submissions from Alberta artists. Only successful applicants will be contacted. 

Artists must ensure:

  • All materials used must be recyclable or repurposed.
  • Artwork must be able to fit, or be adjusted to fit, into any nook or cranny. Staff will assign locations to artists. Examples of possible nooks and crannies.
  • Artists will have the opportunity to collect recyclable materials from the Okotoks Eco Centre, but it's not mandatory. List of possible items available at the Eco Centre
  • Artwork does not pose any risk to the public. Artwork must not fall or blow over (art will require tie-downs and/or weights), must not have sharp edges or be made of anything that can break or shatter. Submissions will be judged on safety and stability. Upon completion, each installation will be inspected by the town to make certain that they meet safety requirements; should an artwork not meet these requirements, the artist is required to make changes to ensure safety and stability. If an installation does have problems throughout the summer, the artist must repair it or it will be removed prematurely.
  • Doorways and walkways are not blocked; installations under stairs must not contain any combustible materials.
  • At the end of the festival, all artists must recycle their artwork. Recycling bins will be available on site.
  • If artists choose to keep their creations, artwork must be removed on the scheduled take-down day. Transportation and removal are the responsibility of the artist. Artwork must not be removed prior to the take-down day.
  • Copyright for artwork remains with the artists. 

Please note: Artwork may be damaged or vandalized throughout the summer. Should this happen, it is the artist’s responsibility to repair the artwork as soon as possible.

All artists and teams will be required to take an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) orientation prior to installation.