Summer Banners

The City of Victoria’s biennial Summer Banner program showcases the talents of local artists and reflects the vibrancy and creativity of our city. 

2019/2020 Summer Banners 
Call to Artists

The City of Victoria is looking for artists or graphic designers to submit designs for its biennial Summer Banner program.

The selected artist or graphic designer will have his/her banners displayed in the downtown area during the summer months of 2019 and 2020. By having an open artist call for the designs, the City hopes that the banners will creatively reflect and/or inspire the community, provide colour and vibrancy to the downtown streets and parks, and provide an opportunity to showcase original works created for this project by local or regional artists.

Banner Specs

Artists should submit up to five designs suitable for display in pairs. The banners are 95" high with a top width of 30" tapering to 16" at the bottom. Most banners will be installed in pairs on lamp poles. The fabric will be a minimum 200 denier, high tenacity nylon. 

Each design may use a maximum of three colours (plus white). No metallic or other specialized finishes are possible. Gradients of these colours can be used if the artist feels this will contribute to the design. The designs will be silk-screened, not digitally printed. Designs should be appropriate for typically long-viewing distances and short-viewing duration. Originality and creativity are paramount, and the City advises artists to not use cliché images typically associated with Victoria. The winner may also include a signature on the final banner design.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Compliance with the competition requirements and objectives
  • Professionalism in presentation of materials
  • Confidence that creativity, quality and style demonstrated in portfolio materials and preliminary design concepts will translate into the development of high-quality final banner designs


This competition is open to artists and graphic designers residing in the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands.

Artist Fee

The successful artist or graphic designer will receive an honorarium of $1,500. 


The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Submissions must be uploaded electronically at Hard copies and emailed submissions will not be accepted.

For detailed submission requirements and further background information, please carefully read the Call to Artists below:

Drop-in Info Sessions

Three informal drop-in information sessions will be offered to provide artists/artist teams an opportunity to meet with City staff to learn more and ask questions about the three public art opportunities.  Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Friday, March 22
2.30 - 5.30 p.m.
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (Boardroom)
930 Balmoral Road

Tuesday, March 26
4 - 7 p.m.
Victoria City Hall (Esquimalt Nation Room)

Friday, March 29
9 a.m. - noon
Songhees Wellness Centre (Boardroom) 
1100 Admirals Road

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