All participants are welcome to create art for the playa! This section will tell you everything you need to know to create art for Burning Man, register it with us, place it on playa, and remove it at the end of the event – all without leaving a trace.
Thank you for wanting to create art for Burning Man! Below, you will find important information for artists who want to bring art to the playa.
Understanding the Basics
If you want to bring art to the playa, please read:
- Our Art Installation Guidelines.
- Our flowchart to help you understand what can be registered as art.
- Our guide to Building Safe Structures.
- Our detailed Fire Art Guidelines if you’ll be incorporating fire in your project.
It’s worth noting that most installations contain an interactive element, allowing participants to fully engage with the piece instead of viewing it from a safe distance. Participants are encouraged to explore and interact with the art and may well find themselves helping an artist build a structure or they may need to perform a task in order to activate your art. Touching, climbing, entering, spinning, engaging and exploring are encouraged.
Apply for a Grant
Every year, Burning Man issues a small number of grants for the purpose of partially funding specific art projects in BRC. Learn about applying to the Black Rock City Honoraria Program if you need financial assistance with your project. Please note that the BRC art grant application period is typically open from mid-October through mid-November. All Burning Man Project art grant opportunities can be found here.
Register Your Art
Fill out and submit our registration questionnaire (typically open from late February through late May). Remember, the earlier you register, the better service and resources we can provide to you: we have time to answer your questions; you have time to make any course corrections needed for safety, materials, lighting, or Leave No Trace; and you have access to our immense wealth of knowledge! We’re nice. We’re here to help you. We know stuff you might want to know. Please, REGISTER YOUR ART EARLY.
Missed the art installation questionnaire deadline? After the Art Installation Questionnaire closes, you may still be able to bring your art project with you to BRC and register it as a walk-in at the ARTery. However, there are limitations for walk-in projects:
- They cannot exceed 10 feet in height.
- They cannot be burned or contain pyrotechnics.
- They must be unloaded / assembled / disassembled by human power.
- We are not able to provide Art Support Services or Heavy Equipment assistance for late/walk-in projects.
This means if you have a large or complex art piece, or an art piece that you’re not 100% sure falls under our art guidelines for safety or allowed materials, REGISTER YOUR ART EARLY.
If you are interested in creating art for the Center Camp Café see their guidelines.
Check out the Artist Resources Page
We are here to support you with the information you need to bring your art to Black Rock City! Check out our Artist Resources page to peruse helpful FAQs, discover art installations from past years, connect with your community for help and resources, and learn about the volunteer teams at the ARTery who will assist you in placing and building your art on playa.