Call to Artists: Mural Roster and Commercial Alley

The City of Victoria is inviting artists to submit their artwork to be considered for Commercial Alley and the City’s Mural Roster.

“Victoria is known as a creative city full of opportunities,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “Continuing to provide outdoor exhibition spaces for artists in Victoria, not only supports our local creative communities, it helps foster a city rich in inspiration and joy.”

Call to Artists: Mural Roster

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 Mural Roster – a list of pre-qualified, local artists available for mural art opportunities.

This roster provides a streamlined process for connecting artists with local businesses and organizations looking to enhance their space with a mural project. A Selection Panel will choose the approved artists for this competition and artists will be paired with projects as they come up. Connecting artists with local businesses and organizations is a key deliverable of the City’s Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan.

Call to Artists: Commercial Alley

Artists and artist teams in the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands, are invited to submit proposals to exhibit their artwork in what will be Commercial Alley’s ninth annual installation.

The proposed artwork is to be presented as a series of four 1.2 metre by 2.4 metre panels and the artist can cut and reshape the panels within structural limitations. The selected artist/artist team will be paid a fee of $3,000 plus a $250 stiped to transport the artwork. The artwork will be installed by the City and showcased from August 2021 to August 2022.

Submissions to the Mural Roster will be assessed on an artist’s experience in creating and collaborating with the community on mural projects and the artist’s visual storytelling style.

The Commercial Alley is located between the 500 Block of Yates Street and Bastion Square and enhances the vitality of the area while retaining the alley’s use by local businesses.

Artists must live in the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands. The deadline for submissions for the two Call to Artists is Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Interested artists are invited to attend an information session for both Call to Artists on February 16, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. To register, email

Completed application forms must be submitted via email to Hard copies will not be accepted. For submission guidelines and more information, visit: