Call to Artists: Public Art for Johnson Street Parkade

Artists and artist teams are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to enter a national, juried competition to create new public artwork to beautify and enhance Johnson Street Parkade.

Enhancing City parkades to make them more welcoming was identified in the spring during consultation with members of the Victoria Youth Council as a way to improve the parking experience downtown.

The artwork can be located inside the building, such as in elevators or stairwells, and/or on the façade of the parkade. The call is open to artists who are residents of Canada.

A range of media may be considered, including but not limited to, two-dimensional images, relief and sculptural forms, temporary work, multimedia, light and sound installations and urban infrastructure. Sustainable design, procurement, and fabrication practices are encouraged, and safe access to the parkade must be maintained.

The budget for the completed artwork(s) is up to $125,000, which must cover all design, production, installation and administrative costs. The new artwork(s) are to be installed by December 31, 2015 and will be funded by the City’s Art in Public Places Reserve Fund.

Site Tour Video, Site Drawings and Q&A

Thank you to all those who could attend our site tour of the Johnson Street Parkade on January 8.

View a video of the tour's highlights and parkade site drawings.

Artists are invited to submit questions to Questions and answers will be available online. View a Q&A to learn more about the Johnson Street Parkade public art project.

Submission Deadline

Expressions of Interest can be submitted electronically to or by mail. The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 2, 2015 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.

Three-Stage Competition

The three-stage competition will follow the City’s Art in Public Places Policy and will be juried by a selection committee of arts professionals, community members, and City of Victoria representatives. Stage One will require artists to submit a resume, visual documentation of their work, and a general concept and preferred site(s) for the Johnson Street Parkade public art project. At Stage Two, semi-finalists will be selected and asked to provide a written proposal for the artwork and digital renderings. Up to three finalists will be selected to participate in Stage Three, where they will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal with a rendering(s) or maquette(s) of the proposed artwork(s).

Coming in 2015

Two local calls for artists will be announced this spring to create public art to enhance Centennial Square Parkade and Bastion Square Parkade.

Learn more.