Concrete Canvas Mural Painting and Launch Party

Victoria’s Rock Bay neighbourhood is about to be transformed into an outdoor art gallery for street art and creative expression. Over the next two weeks, 16 local, national and international artists will be painting 15 - 16 murals on the walls of 13 sites as part of the Concrete Canvas Rock Bay Mural Project.

The murals will reflect the character, culture and history of the neighbourhood. Each artist will paint his or her own mural but may share a wall with another artist. The Concrete Canvas murals are designed to encourage dialogue, enhance Rock Bay’s identity, create opportunities for artists, and establish connections between local artists and businesses.

Concrete Canvas was developed in response to input the City received during development of its Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan last year, when street artists asked for more opportunities to participate in and exhibit their art in Victoria. The new Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan also calls for temporary and permanent art opportunities to enhance linkages between the industrial and creative sectors.   

Concrete Canvas Launch Party

The community is invited to attend the FREE Concrete Canvas Rock Bay Murals Launch Party on:

Saturday, August 25
2 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Hoyne and Driftwood Brewery
Parking Lot

450 Hillside Avenue

Hosted by the Victoria Beer Week Society, the free event will include a mural workshop, live music curated by Holy Smokes Music, a food and beverage area for all ages, and walking tours of completed and in-progress murals. View the event poster [PDF - 543 KB].

What's Happening:

  • 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Walking tours of complete and in-progress murals, a workshop led by Kay Gallivan and supported by the Integrate Arts Festival, lots of local food and an all-ages beverage area featuring local brews
  • 5 p.m.: An artist panel talk
  • 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.: Holy Smokes Music presents Bridal Party, Diamond Cafe, Teenage Wedding, Lovers Touch, Teak Physique and Re-Dress in the Hoyne and Driftwood backyard.

The Artists

Through an open Call to Artists, a jury selected 10 local, emerging mural artists and mid-career artists who expressed an interest in mural making. The City’s Art in Public Places Committee invited two international artists to participate from Kiev and Detroit, as well as four national artists who reside in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal.

Learn more.