Commute: A Bus Shelter Art Exhibition

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 June 2019.

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.

Featured artists will include: Margaret Briere, Dan Eastabrook, Alysha Farling, Kerri Flannigan, Emily Geen, Christoph James, Mike Lathrop, Amber Lomax, Renée Nault, Libby Oliver, Peruzzo, Shawn Pomeroy, Gillian Staples, Austin Willis, and Eriq Wong.

The artworks will rotate every four months. The first set will be displayed from July to October 2018; the second set from November 2018 to February 2019, and the third set from March – June 2019.

Check Out the Art!

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

  • Coming Home by Margaret Briere –Yates and Broad Streets
  • Mother Daughter by Margaret Briere – Yates and Broad Streets
  • Human Salad by Christoph JamesYates Street between Blanshard and Quadra Streets
  • Goldstream Trees by Mike Lathrop – Johnson and Quadra Streets
  • The Commons by Libby Oliver – Yates and Ormond Streets
  • Feeling Measurements – Fathom 09 (Megan) by Kerri Flannigan – Yates Street between Camosun Street and Fernwood Road

Artist Bios

Margaret  Briere (ABOVE: Mother Daughter, RIGHT: Coming Home)
Margaret Briere is a Two-Spirited, Coast Salish artist from Shíshálh Nation. She grew up in an urban setting, which drives her art. Margaret began developing her artistic talents through singing and playing music at an early age. Some of her influences include Susan Point, LessLIE, Maynard Johnny Jr and Dylan Thomas. Margaret enjoys connecting with other artists for deepening her learning of Coast Salish art design. She has been showing her work in community art shows since 2010. In 2017, she began making serigraph prints and developing her business skills to become an established artist. Currently, Margaret is training under the guidance and mentorship of fellow Coast Salish artist Dylan Thomas to integrate her current work with design technology.

Christoph James (Human Salad)
Although not a professional artist, now that he's retired, Christoph James spends much of his time creating artwork. His drawings are in the fantasy category and the colours are derived from Krishna depictions. He taught myself to draw at a young age by copying drawings from comic books.

Mike Lathrop (Goldstream Trees) 
Born and raised in Calgary, Mike Lathrop moved to Victoria to earn a degree in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria from 1990-1994. After working in graphic design, motion graphics video, and internet programming in Vancouver, he returned to Victoria in 2006 and began painting in 2016. Mike has always felt the impact of landscapes that surround him and enjoys exploring the outdoors on Vancouver Island. In his paintings, he captures his feeling of a moment in nature and attempts to document the motion, colour,  light, and the overall experience of taking in our natural environment. Mike resides in Victoria and works at the Open Studio at the Cedar Hill Arts Centre, selling original paintings and limited edition giclée prints.

Libby Oliver (The Commons)
Libby has a Bachelor in Fine Arts with honours from the University of Victoria, where she focused in photography and installation art. Libby previously studied International Development and Gender at the University of Guelph. She coordinates community art spaces and has worked on policy projects that support community inclusion in the arts. Libby currently lives and works in Victoria as an artist and freelance photographer.

Kerri Flannigan (Feeling Measurements –
Fathom 09 (Megan)

Kerri Flannigan is an interdisciplinary artist and support worker currently based in Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories, who explores methods of experimental narrative and documentary. Grounded in both personal history and in-depth research, her recent body of work examines family mythologies, coming of age confessions, body language and critical notions of place, mapping and geography. Kerri's current work, Feeling Measurements - Fathom 09 (Megan), is an emergent, collaborative, and inter-generational methodology of research, skill-sharing and storytelling. It considers the body in space from queer perspectives and investigates the different ways we inherit, inhabit, and/or embody our differing lived experiences.


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.

Proposals were to be emailed to by 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, April 9, 2018.

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