Public Art

Public art has the power to energize and enhance our public spaces, make us think, and transform where we live, work, and play.

Public art can be several stories high or bring attention to the pavement beneath our feet. It can inspire conversation and help calm our hurried lifestyles. It can also be controversial. We support public art by way of our Art in Public Places Policy.

Commercial Alley Outdoor Gallery

Artwork by local artist Daniel Ellingsen will be 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 to Create Community Colour

Six local artists and 18 youth have been selected to beautify six graffiti hotspots downtown and in Victoria neighbourhoods. A partnership between the City of Victoria and the United Way Greater Victoria, the Create Community Colour Mural program is matching 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.