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:  Topaz Skateboard Park Public Art Project  

The City of Victoria is looking to commission a professional artist/artist team to create an original public artwork to be integrated into a new skateboard park at Topaz Park. This call is open to professional artists/artist teams who are Canadian residents and legally able to work within Canada. A Selection Panel will choose the artist for this competition.

We encourage a diversity of applicants, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, socio-economic status, class, and religion.

Budget: $100,000 inclusive of all project costs (artist fee, insurances, fabrication, installation etc.).

Deadline: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. PST. All expressions and accompanying documents must be uploaded to the Bonfire Hub portal at https://victoria.bonfirehub.ca

More information:
Interested parties will need to register on the Bid Opportunities · Government Portal (victoria.ca) as a 'New Vendor'. Once registered you will be able to view the 'Expression of Interest 21-025 Integrated Public Art Project - Topaz Park: Skate Park' document which includes the full Call to Artist and submission instructions.

Information session: There will be an online information session on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 5:30pm. To register, please email culture@victoria.ca

Call to Artists: Mural Roster

Emerging and established artists are invited to submit an application to be considered for the City of Victoria’s Mural Roster – a list of pre-qualified, local artists available for mural opportunities.  

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

Deadline for Submission: Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Completed applications and required documents must be submitted by email to culture@victoria.ca 

Information Session: Interested candidates are invited to learn more and ask questions at an online information session on Monday, February 16, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. To register, email culture@victoria.ca 

For the Call to Artists click here

For the application form click here 

Call to Artists: Commercial Alley 

The City of Victoria is now looking for the ninth installation of artwork to be displayed in Commercial Alley. The artist or artist team selected to present their work will be contracted from August 2021 to August 2022.

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: $3000 CAD

Deadline for Submission: Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Completed applications and required documents must be submitted by email to culture@victoria.ca.

Information Session: Interested candidates are invited to learn more and ask questions at an online information session on Monday, February 16, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. To register, please email culture@victoria.ca 

For the Call to Artists click here.

For the application form click  here .

For sketch template 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.