Commute: A Bus Shelter Art Exhibition

The City of Victoria and PATTISON Outdoor Advertising is proud to present a unique, high profile art opportunity for artists, craftspeople and artisans residing in the Capital Regional District including the Gulf Islands.

Six downtown bus shelters now showcase art in Victoria’s Commute exhibit, a series of original artworks by local, emerging artists and artists who don't see themselves currently represented in the City’s Public Art collection.

A project in partnership with PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, Commute will display works on bus shelter transit posters throughout the City of Victoria. Up to 12 artists' works will be shown on six bus shelter transit posters in two rounds of four months each from June 2020 to December 2020.

The Commute bus shelter exhibit provides emerging artists the opportunity to participate in public art and exhibit their artworks in Victoria. The temporary installation is designed to encourage dialogue and new ways of thinking about neighbourhoods and public spaces, inspire local artists, and cultivate future public artists and audiences.

The selected artists were chosen by a selection panel of local creative professionals and a menber of the Art in Public Places Committee.

Featured artists include: Debra Bernier, Jaron Gavilan, Maureen Hourigan, Alex Jensen, Samantha Jensson, Leah Mcinnis, Diego Narvaez, Lou-ann Neel, Esther Parker, Tanya Steinhausen, April Winter and Chin Yuen. 

The first set of artworks were displayed from June to September 2020. The second set will be displayed from September 16, 2020 to December 2020.

Check Out the Art!

Six new artworks (in five locations) are now installed on bus shelters in downtown Victoria:

Commute Display #2: September 16 – December 31, 2020.

  1. In the Wild by Maureen Hourigan – Yates and Broad Street
  2. Logging Housing Industry by Leah Mcinnis – Yates and Broad Street
  3. The Tortoise and The Hair by April Winter – Yates Street between Blanshard and Quadra Street
  4. Inside Voice 1 by Alex Jensen – Johnson and Quadra Street
  5. Sentinels by Chin Yuen – Yates and Ormond Street
  6. Wisdom in Wood by Debra Bernier – Yates Street between Camosun Street and Fernwood Road

Click here for artist bios and artwork descriptions.


The Commute public art exhibit was developed in response to input the City received during engagement on its Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan, when emerging artists asked for more opportunities to participate in and exhibit their art in Victoria.

The Commute call to artists invited emerging, Indigenous, multicultural artists and artists who don’t see themselves currently represented in the public art collection, to submit up to five suitable existing artworks, or create new artwork for consideration. Artworks were selected by Selection Panel. This competition was open to artists and artist teams residing in the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands.

Selection Process

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

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