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:

Call to Artists: Indigenous Artist in Residence

First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists from across Canada are invited to apply for the position of Indigenous Artist in Residence at the City of Victoria. The program is open to Indigenous artists working in any artistic discipline who reside in Canada. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 4, 2019 at
4 p.m. Pacific Time.
Learn more.

Call to Artists for Winter Banner

Artists in the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands, are invited to submit proposals to design a winter banner to be displayed on 100 downtown lampposts from November to February over the next five years. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 4 p.m. Learn more.

Mural & Community Art Roster

The City of Victoria is establishing a roster of pre-qualified, local artists to be available for mural and community art opportunities in 2020. Emerging and established artists in the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands, are invited to submit an application to be considered for the City of Victoria’s new Mural and Community Art Roster.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Applications must be submitted by email to culture@victoria.ca  

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, however the selection process will take place once a year. Late applications will be considered for 2021.

For detailed submission 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.