Burn in the Forest Mutant Vehicle Art Grants

Burn in the Forest: Mutant Vehicle Art Grants

GVIAS offers art grants for the creation of new Mutant Vehicles and refurbishment of existing Mutant Vehicles that the individual will be bringing to Burn In The Forest. The maximum grant for new pieces is $1500, and for refurbished (previously-built) pieces is $750. The Mutant Vehicle grant applications for Burn In The Forest close on April 12th, 2019 at 11:59PM.

Applications Closed



Art grants ONLY cover materials (consumables and fixed assets which are necessary to the art piece), and operational costs. These grants will NOT cover labor expenses including the artist’s time, purchasing of food, alcohol, or tickets to the event.

Fixed Assets (e.g. tools, structures, electronics) may be submitted, but should be specialized, essential to the functionality of the project, and should be a relatively small portion of the expense. (i.e. a $50 Arduino in an $800 project is reasonable. A $50 wood sculpture requiring an $800 band saw is not. Well, the saw is not, at least.)

Transport costs can make up a maximum of 10% of the funding requested from GVIAS.

Recall that tools and other fixed assets may be available for low-cost rent from a rental agency, or even a free loan from a community member. Don’t know a community member with a band saw? Ask on the various social media pages and email lists…people love to help a good art project


Any individual artist, team of artists or established group (for teams of artists, please have one person submit an application for the group) may apply. Applicants must be a member of Greater Vancouver Interactive Art’s Society. Membership is free and can be obtained by applying through the GVIAS website here.


A Mutant Vehicle is a unique, motorized creation that shows little or no resemblance to their original form, or to any standard street vehicle. Mutant Vehicles are radically, stunningly, (usually) permanently, and safely modified from their base vehicle. Sometimes the whole vehicle is made from scratch.

Mutant Vehicles may include such non-standard motorized forms such as furniture, other non-street vehicles such as a boat or train, animals, or just about anything imaginable. For safety reasons, they must not mimic any type of emergency service or law enforcement vehicle.

Vehicles merely stripped to the frame and engine, and vehicles with minimal changes or temporary decorations are not considered Mutant Vehicles.



Projects will be considered according to the following criteria:
Level of Mutation – How removed is your project from the underlying base vehicle
Artistic Excellence – How “wow” is the idea?
Design Safety – Depending on the size and style of your vehicle, some or all of the following may apply:

  • The vehicle must be able to maintain a steady speed of 8 Kmph or less.
  • Brakes must be in good working order.
  • The vehicle should have sturdy side railings and stair railings. There should be no sharp or protruding objects.
  • Having a fire extinguisher and First Aid kit on board is highly recommended.
  • The vehicle should have a safe access area and procedures for loading and unloading passengers.
  • Lasers are not permitted at Burn In The Forest.
  • Vehicles with trailers must have barriers protecting the space between the vehicle and the trailer

Project Interactivity – How interactive is your project? Interactivity is defined as an opportunity for any BiTF citizen to participate in some activity offered by your vehicle. The theme and/or size of the vehicle is what’s considered here. Do you entertain a crowd? Have plenty of room for riders? Provide a service to the community via your vehicle? Include an interactive element?

Lighting– Is your Mutant Vehicle radically and safely illuminated. Participants should be able to see you, you should be able to see them and the lighting itself should be Art that adds to the communities experience of your project.

Overall Community Benefit – How many community members will get to enjoy the project, and for how long?

Viability of Implementation Plan – Is your budget, schedule, build plan, crew size, and assembly/teardown plan sensible? Can you deliver the project you’re proposing in the timeframe stated?

Value for Money – Is your project a “How did you get that all done for that little??” or a “We’re paying how much for this???”

Emerging Artists – To diversify the grants, Artists who are first-time applicants are given a slight preference.

Budget Clarity – Your budget is clear and well thought out, contains sufficient detail to evaluate the project, and does not attempt to inflate the costs of the project in order to increase the % grant coverage.


Successful applicants will be asked to sign a contract in order to receive their grant. 75% of the grant amount will be paid upon signing the contract. The final 25% paid upon completion of the project, viewing of the project by a committee member, LNT (leave no trace) sign-off, and receipt of a final cost reports with copies of all receipts.
A failure to execute your proposed art project may result in ineligibility for future grants.

Applications Closed

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