Public art has the power to energize and enhance our public spaces, make us think, and transform where we live, work, and play.
Call to Artists: Artist in Residence Program
Professional visual and/or media artists are invited to apply to be the City of Victoria’s first Artist in Residence. The new Artist in Residence program aims to ‘keep art in mind’, providing the opportunity for a local artist to work collaboratively with City staff to identify and develop a creative artwork for one or more capital projects over a one-year term. Learn more.
Commercial Alley Outdoor Gallery
Artwork by local artist Daniel Ellingsen was introduced as the Commercial Alley Art Gallery’s fourth installation on Saturday, August 27, 2016, timed with the annual Integrate Arts Festival. Located between the 500 Block of Yates Street and Bastion Square, the outdoor gallery adds to the vitality of the area while retaining the alley’s use by local businesses. Learn more.
Bastion Square and Centennial Square Art on Parkades
Two local artist teams were selected to create new public art to enhance the stairwells of two City parkades. Scott Amos and David Parfit of Monkey C Interactive have developed an interactive musical railing for the Bastion Square Parkade back stairwell. Artists Jennifer Johnson, Joanne Thomson and Beth Threlfall collaborated with three youth artists to create a mural series that now enhances the stairwell at Centennial Square Parkade.
First Nations Public Art to Enhance Johnson Street Parkade
In August 2015, City Council selected a Vancouver-based, mother and son Musqueam First Nation artist team, Susan Point and Thomas Cannell, for their Woven Together proposal to create contemporary First Nations artwork to enhance the exterior of the Johnson Street Parkade. Learn more.
Artists and Youths Create Community Colour
A partnership between the City of Victoria and the United Way Greater Victoria, the Create Community Colour Mural program matched a professional artist with two or more youth ages 14 - 20 to collaboratively produce 10 colourful murals. Learn more.
The Hands of Time - Victoria 150 Public Art Project
The Hands of Time, the Victoria 150 Public Art Project, was a three-stage, national juried public art competition to create public artwork(s) that celebrate Victoria's 150th anniversary of incorporation in 2012. Discover these 12 bronze sculptures around downtown with The Hands of Time walking tour brochure [PDF - 426 KB].
Public Art Inventory
The City of Victoria has partnered with the Capital Regional District, the District of Saanich and the Township of Esquimalt to create a searchable online tool, known as the Public Art Inventory. Learn more.
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