Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions we've received to date about the City's new Artist in Residence program.

Q. Where will the artist be situated – is there a studio?
A. The artists will be provided with shared office space within the Arts, Culture and Events office. There is no studio space provided.

Q. What is the process for approving the Public Art Plan that the artist creates in phase 1?
A. The plan would be reviewed at a staff level to assess the feasibility (budget, timelines, work force etc.). Impacted stakeholders will be engaged, including internal departments, external partners etc.

Q. What if we want to propose projects on private land?
A. All projects must be located on City of Victoria property.  As this program falls under the Art in Public Places program and policy, the artwork must be accessible to the public and will be entered into the Art in Public Places collection.

Q. It’s says temporary and ephemeral works can be proposed, does that mean that documentation of these works can be considered the required ‘one work of permanent public art’?
A. No, those works will not be considered the final permanent artwork. The artist is required to complete a minimum of one physical work of permanent public art.

Q. How do I stay connected with you?
A. The City maintains an ‘Artist Roster’ which is used to send out notifications of upcoming programs and calls to artists. If you would like to be added to the list, please email with ‘Artist Roster’ in the subject line.

Q. Can I upload video files in the place of digital images?
A. Yes, you may upload 10 video files or any combination of video and digital images. Bonfire is set up to accept Any(.*) file types. This includes: csv, pdf, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, bmp, gif, jpeg, jpg, jpe, png, tiff, tif, txt, text, rtf, doc, docx, dot, dotx, word, dwg, dwf, dxf, mp3, wav, avi, mov, mp4, mpeg, wmv, zip.

A tooltip will popup when the vendor hovers their mouse over the word "Any". This tooltip specifies the various formats that Bonfire will accept for this slot. The maximum upload file size is 100mb.

Q. You have stated that artists must be current residents of the Capital Region (including the Gulf Islands). What about artists who recognize different geographic boundaries?
A. For this pilot project we will be considering artists who currently reside within the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands. However, artist teams are able to apply and as long as the primary artist is a current resident, other team mates may be from outside that geographic area.

Q. Is it possible for the successful artist(s) to apply for additional funding through grants or private partnerships?
A. The City has allocated a significant budget to this project and would prefer the artists’ time be focused on project delivery rather than applying for additional funding. Partnerships with outside organizations on projects is encouraged.

Q. What if an artist does not have professional training and doesn’t meet the UNESCO definition of a professional “Artist” that is included in the criteria? Should one still apply?
A. The City of Victoria’s Public Art Policy defines an artist as “any person, who by virtue of professional training, exhibition history and/or critical review is recognized as skilled in making works of art.” (UNESCO). Meeting this definition is a part of the required criteria. All artists with significant experience are encouraged to apply.

Q. If an artist team applies, are we able to submit two page CVs for each member or is it two-page total?
A. The same page limit requirements apply to teams and individual applicants.

Q. Do I send the ‘documentation list’ with the images, or as a separate PDF?
A. Please use the ‘Digital Image Documentation List’ template that is included in the Request for Expressions of Interest PDF. This can be uploaded as its own document (any file type is accepted).