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.

Residency Programs

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.

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.

Commute, a Bus Shelter Art Exhibit

Six downtown bus shelters now showcase art in Victoria’s Commute exhibit, a series of original artworks by local, emerging artists. A pilot project in partnership with PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, Commute will exhibit up to 18 artworks on downtown bus shelters from now until the end of June 2019. Learn more.

Sacred, an Indigenous Art Display

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the opening reception for the Sacred Indigenous multi-media art display at City Hall. Learn more about this permanent public art installation which is part of the City's ongoing work towards Reconciliation. 

Concrete Canvas - Rock Bay Murals

Concete Canvas - Rock Bay Murals is a new, one-time art project for emerging muralists and mid-career artists wanting to try their hand at making murals! The project seeks to transform an industrial part of Victoria into an outdoor gallery for street art and creative expression. Learn More.

Austin Willis Selected as the 2018 Commercial Alley Artist!

Original artwork proposed by emerging, local artist Austin Willis has been selected as the Commercial Alley Art Gallery’s sixth installation. His proposal will utilize bright colours, bold lines and shapes to create fun, yet intense energy, with an intent to energize and beautify the Alley through creative and engaging work. Austin's artwork will be on display from August 2018 to August 2019.

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. It's on display until August 2018. Learn more

Select Public Art Installations

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.

Woven

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.

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

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.