Public Art Opportunities

Public Art Opportunities for Artists

Public art has the power to energize and enhance our public spaces, make us think, and transform where we live, work, and play. Public art can be several stories high or bring attention to the pavement beneath our feet. It can inspire conversation and help calm our hurried lifestyles. It can also be controversial.

The City of Victoria Public Art Program offers a variety of art opportunities for local, national and international artists, from emerging to established professionals, and numerous ways to stay informed and in touch.

Be sure to read each Call to Artists carefully for eligibility criteria and submission requirements.

Current Opportunities

Commute: A Bus Shelter-Based Art Exhibition

The City of Victoria invites artists, craftspeople and artisans from the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands, to submit designs for bus shelter transit posters throughout the City of Victoria. Up to 12 artists will be selected for this exhibition. Their artwork will be shown on six bus shelters in three rounds, from June 2020 to December 2020.  Emerging, Indigenous and multicultural artists are encouraged to apply. Artists may submit up to five suitable existing artworks, or create new work for consideration.

Eligibility: This competition is open to artists, craftspeople and artisans who are residents of the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands.

Artist Fee: $500 CAD per image selected

Deadline for Submission: 4 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2020

For more information, click here.

Commercial Alley Art Gallery

The City of Victoria is now looking for the eighth installation of artwork to be displayed in the Commercial Alley Art Gallery. The artist or artist team selected to present their work will be contracted from August 2020 to August 2021.

Eligibility: This competition is open to artists who are residents of the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands. Visual and multi-media disciplines will be accepted.

Artist Fee: $2500 CAD

Deadline for Submission: 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

For more information, click here.

Artist Contact List

If you are interested in receiving emails about program opportunities and initiatives, please submit your contact information for our Artist Contact List, which is an email listserve that we use to share information about all upcoming Art in Public Places opportunities.

To join, please email your first and last name to culture@victoria.ca with the ‘Artist Contact List’ in the subject line.

Please note: The City of Victoria cannot assume the responsibility of disseminating information regarding the Public Art Program and its opportunities to artists and/or their organizations.

Artists are encouraged to watch for opportunities on this site, in local and national newspapers, and on industry-related websites and publications.