Commute: A Bus Shelter-Based Art Exhibition

Commute: A Bus Shelter-Based Art Exhibition

The City of Victoria and PATTISON Outdoor Advertising are proud to present Commute, a unique, high-profile art opportunity for emerging, Indigenous and multicultural artists, craftspeople and artisans residing in the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands.

The City has partnered with PATTISON to secure six bus shelter transit poster placements throughout the City of Victoria that will feature artwork from a range of local, emerging artists. This rotating showcase is an entry point for artists who have had little opportunity to participate in public art or exhibit their artwork in Victoria.

Short-term public art installations are important in enhancing the face of the city, and increasing its livability and creativity for both citizens and visitors. Commute is designed to stimulate dialogue and new ways of thinking about neighbourhoods and the public realm, inspire local artists, and cultivate future public artists and audiences.

Commute - Call to Artists

Commute, a bus shelter-based art exhibition, will feature artworks displayed on six transit shelters in Victoria from July 2018 - June 2019. Up to 18 artists will be selected to provide reproductions of their original works of art. Artwork images will be rotated throughout the Victoria every four months, to display a total of 18 artworks. 

This competition is open to emerging, Indigenous and multicultural artists, craftspeople and artisans residing in the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands.The following disciplines will be accepted: digital media, ceramics, photography, watercolour, acrylic, drawing and fine craft.

The selected artists will be paid $500 per image selected and may submit up to five images. 

Selection Process

Artists will be chosen through a one-stage jury process. The Selection Committee will include artists, design professionals, community members, and a representative of the Art in Public Places Committee. The Selection Committee will be facilitated by City staff but the final decision will be that of the Selection Committee.

Submission Deadline

Proposals are to be emailed to by 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, April 9, 2018.

Application Process

Artists who meet the following criteria may be considered for commission:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Development of a practice in visual art or craft, as is relevant to the call
  • Quality of overall work submitted
  • Appropriateness of proposal for the context
  • Suitability of final artwork for the poster format and/or ability to be formatted to the poster format
  • Exclusion of illegal tags or acronyms that wouldn’t be meaningful to the public at large

Competition Entry Requirements

This opportunity is held in accordance with the City of Victoria Art in Public Places program.

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