Commute: A Bus Shelter Art Exhibition

Aviv Talya Dekel with her artwork Folk Hearts Blue on Yates St between Blanshard and Quadra Sts.

Artwork Showcased in Victoria's Commute

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 May 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 jury made up of persons identifying as Indigenous or multicultural. The chosen artworks were created by an artist with a disability, an artist who was recently without a home, Indigenous artists and artists of colour. Each artist has an opportunity to display three different pieces of art over the course of the project.

Featured artists include: Andrea Fritz, Joshua Ngenda, Neil McClelland, Anup Singh, Sarah Jim and Aviv Talya Dekel.

The artworks will rotate every four months. The first set will be displayed from June to September 2019; the second set from October 2019 to January 2020, and the third set from February to May 2020.

Check Out the Art!

The third set of six artworks (in five locations) is now installed on bus shelters in downtown Victoria:

  • Waterline 7 by Neil McClelland –Yates and Broad Streets
  • System 5 by Anup Singh – Yates and Broad Streets
  • Folk Hearts Blue by Aviv Dekel – Yates Street between Blanshard and Quadra Streets
  • Looking Up by Joshua Ngenda – Yates and Ormond Streets
  • Camas by Andrea Fritz – Johnson and Quadra Streets
  • WSANEC by Sarah Jim – Yates Street between Camosun Street and Fernwood Road

Artist Bios

Aviv Talya Dekel Heart Flowers
Aviv Dekel is a 22-year old artist living with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Diabetes Type 1. She is gentle, shy and focused on her art, which she has been creating for approximately 10 years. Her theme of hearts and flowers is repeated in her folk art style, which she created using needlepoint and colouring. This art style helps her to keep the use of her hand and arm. Dekel lives on a farm in Brentwood Bay and volunteers in her community. She sells her original needlepoint works as well as photos of the artwork on her "happy cards" and magnets at local farmers' markets. Dekel's goal is to be recognized as a serious artist and to spread peace and happiness.

Sarah Jim Orca Ontology
Sarah Jim is an emerging artist from the WSÁNEĆ Nation. Her ancestry is mixed but her roots are in Tseycum First Nation on the Saanich Peninsula. Sarah has her Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts at UVIC. Her work consists of cosmic animals, surreal landscapes, local flora, and Coast Salish elements. The importance of nature is emulated through depicting natural elements in such a way that obscures mundane perceptions. This art tends to subvert the way we look at nature by portraying it in a way that reality does not normally allow.

Andrea Fritz Tumus in the Weeds
Andrea is an Indigenous artist of the Lyackson Nation and follows the Coast Salish Art style. She was trained in Native art from the artist Victor Newman. He gave her the foundation and space to develop her own style within a Native art framework. She is inspired by other artists such as Susan Point and Doug LaFourtune. As a result of experiences in residential school, her family grew up outside of Indigenous culture and had to reconnect with it as adults. She sees her art as an important step in connecting with and eventually passing that connection on to her children.

Joshua Ngenda study in black & white
Born in the interior of BC and raised between Bassa territory in suburban Liberia and Coast Salish territory in Southern British Columbia, Joshua Ngenda is a self-taught emerging artist of Kissi, Kpelle, and mixed European ancestry. Practicing mainly in analogue photography, his work blends street, portrait, and experimental forms. He currently calls home the unceded territories of the Songhees and WSÁNEĆ nations of southern Vancouver Island.

Anup Singh System #1
Anup Singh was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago and relocated to Canada in the early '70s when he was in his early 20s. As a growing artist, Singh attended the BC Institute of Technology where he studied art. Singh refined, mastered and fine-tuned his personal form of abstract art in a cheerful, original, vibrant and cosmic style. Singh's one-of-a-kind artworks stem from a combination of vivid imagination, painting from the art while listening to reggae and soul music. Singh also makes his own custom tools and paints to achieve the desired shades and tones not regularly available commercially.

Neil McClelland Waterline 1
Neil McClelland’s art practice focuses on painting with an emphasis on narrative and symbolism. Originally from the Gatineau Hills in Quebec, Neil now resides in Victoria, BC where he teaches at the Vancouver Island School of Art. He received his MFA from the University of Victoria in 2014. He has had solo and group exhibitions in artist-run, public and commercial galleries in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. He is also a grantee of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and has worked as an art educator at the University of Victoria and the Art Gallery of Albert


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 last year, when emerging artists asked for more opportunities to participate in and exhibit their art in Victoria.

The Commute call to artists invited emerging, Indigenous, and multicultural artists in the Capital Region to submit up to five suitable existing artworks, or create new artwork for consideration. Artworks were selected by jury. Artists will be paid a fee of $500 per image displayed.                                                                   

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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