Storefronts Victoria Exhibition Program

In 2019, the City of Victoria identified several vacant commercial spaces that have gone unoccupied in the downtown core. 

Second Round of Storefront Animations

Five vacant commercial spaces in the downtown core will be animated with local art this summer. Emerging and established local designers and illustrators will take over storefronts with artwork that explores themes of identity, the future, diversity and resident wildlife.

For the first round of animations we asked local artists to install site specific artworks – this included textile art, time-based works and mixed media installations.

For this second round of animations we looked for local emerging and established designers and illustrators to temporarily beautify vacant storefront windows with vinyl wraps.

The following artists were chosen by the Selection Panel: Roy Bradfield, Bobbie Bjornholt, Kemi Craig, Robyn Robertson & Mark Sin (a duo), Richelle Veñegas.

*Installations will be complete by the end of August.

Participating Artists & Locations:

1: Richelle Veñegas – 1420 Douglas Street

2: Bobbi Bjornholt – 1416 Douglas Street

3: Kemi Craig – 744 Douglas Street

4: Mark Sin & Robyn Robertson – 707 A Douglas Street

5: Roy Bradfield – 707 B Douglas Street

Click here for artist bios & statements

Equitable Approach

The City of Victoria’s Cultural Policy guides decision-making on how we do our work. The City is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. In keeping with our Cultural Policy Statement, the City is working to ensure that everyone has equal access to participate fully in the creative life of the city which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.

Please read the City’s cultural policy statement, guiding principles and values that guide our work.

This competition was open to designers and illustrators who are residents of the Capital Regional District (including the Gulf Islands).

We encouraged 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.

Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, and creative-makers from other equity-seeking groups were encouraged to apply.

Check out the first round of Vacant Storefronts that we animated in 2019

Inside (we are all) / BOXCARSIX artist collective

Local artists have animated six vacant downtown storefronts with dynamic art installations. These site specific works were installed with the intent to engage the public both during the day and at night. All six spaces are located within the 700 block of Douglas Street.

Participating Artists & Locations

Daniel Laskarin – 744 Douglas St
Libby Oliver - 724 Douglas St
Alysha Farling – 704 Douglas St
Maddy Knott – 709 Douglas St
BOXCARSIX – 707A Douglas St
Laura Gildner – 707B Douglas St

Program Background

Working with the business community, the City has identified a number of vacant storefront windows available to provide new opportunities to showcase the artistic talent in the local arts community. Artists working with visual or new medias including but not limited to printmaking, fibre arts, mixed media, photography, video, light installations, and conceptual work were invited to submit applications for the City of Victoria’s new Storefronts Victoria Exhibition Program. Submissions went through a two-stage process. Artists were assessed on concept, execution and how their exhibit appeals to a diverse audience.
 
This competition was open to artists* working in visual and/or media arts, who are residents of the Capital Regional District (including the Gulf Islands). Selected applicants will develop site-specific concepts for spaces pre-selected by the City of Victoria.  
 
The City cannot guarantee any specific property, or time frame for placement due to the ever-changing real estate landscape in downtown Victoria. City staff will match proposals with available spaces at the City’s sole discretion and in consultation with the artist and property manager/owner. Content must be suitable for the general public.

Questions? Email culture@victoria.ca.