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.

Opportunities for Artists

Check out our new Public Art Opportunities web page that includes current Calls to Artists and information on how to join our Artist Contact List to stay informed of new artistic opportunities and initiatives at the City of Victoria.

Calling All Artists - Two Outdoor Exhibit Opportunities!

Emerging artists now have two outdoor exhibition opportunities to showcase their artworks in Victoria. In addition to its annual Call to Artists for the Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery installation, the City is introducing Commute, a bus shelter-based rotating exhibit. The deadline for proposals is 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, April 9, 2018.

Kai Choufour's "Newtopia" Installation at
Commercial Alley Art Gallery

Check out artist Kai Choufour's "Newtopia" installation at the Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery, located between the 500 Block of Yates Street and Bastion Square. Learn more

Lindsay Delaronde - Indigenous Artist in Residence

Iroquois Mohawk artist Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde is the Indigenous Artist in Residence at the City of Victoria. The new Indigenous Artist in Residence program provides the opportunity for a local artist to develop artistic works and engage the community in dialogue, workshops, events, and activities throughout her term. Learn more.

Luke Ramsey - Artist in Residence

Luke Ramsey is the City's 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 and the community to identify and develop a creative artwork for one or more capital projects during his term. 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 Enhances 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. The artwork was installed in July 2016. 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.