Commute: A Bus Shelter Art Exhibition


In 2020, the City of Victoria and PATTISON Outdoor Advertising presented 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 showcased art in Victoria’s Commute exhibit, a series of original artworks by local, emerging artists and artists.

A project in partnership with PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, Commute displayed works on bus shelter transit posters throughout the City of Victoria. Twelve artists' works were 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 provided emerging artists the opportunity to participate in public art and exhibit their artworks in Victoria. The temporary installation was 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 included: 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 was displayed from September 16, 2020 to December 2020.

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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.