Public Art

Creativity is key to a vibrant community.

Public art has the power to energize and enhance our public spaces. It makes us think and transforms where we live, work and play. It 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.

Public Art Inventory

The City of Victoria has partnered with the Capital Regional District (CRD), the District of Saanich and the Township of Esquimalt to create a searchable online tool, known as the Public Art Inventory.

Public Art Inventory

Artist Residency Programs

The City supports and champions local artists through its Indigenous Artist in Residence and Artist in Residence programs. 

Indigenous Artist in Residence

This program is a chance for a local Indigenous artist to develop artistic works and engage the community.

Artist in Residence

This program provides the opportunity for a local artist to create public art projects over a two-year term.

Public Art Installations

The City supports a range of public art initiatives, some of which include the annual Art in Kiosks program, the Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery, Sacred - the Indigenous multimedia art display at City Hall and the Hands of Time public art installations around town. 

Mural Roster and Mural Toolkit

The City's Mural Roster showcases pre-qualified artists for mural and community art opportunities. 

Mural Roster [PDF/3.5MB]

The City's Mural Toolkit is a step-by-step guide for artists and businesses interested in the mural-making process in Victoria.

Mural Toolkit [PDF/1.6MB]

Public Art Policy

In 2018, Victoria City Council approved a new policy to maintain funding for art in public spaces. The policy aims to expand opportunities for artists and members of the public to take part in the process. The new Art in Public Places Policy was the result of a review of the City's 2010 policy. 

Under the Policy, annual funding for public art totals $150,000. This includes $135,000 for new artworks and $15,000 for the maintenance of existing pieces.

The City can contribute up to one per cent of the total construction costs for exceptional, significant civic projects. The City can use funding to add public art into a project's design elements, to create a stand-alone piece onsite or for public art at another location.

An interdepartmental staff team meets to identify projects and decide locations for new artworks.

Art in Public Places Committee

A seven-member Art in Public Places Committee provides more opportunities for community participation.

Art in Public Places Committee

Guiding Principles

The City of Victoria’s Public Art Policy and program shall:

  • value the role of artists and creativity in our society
  • respond to the natural, social and built environment of Victoria
  • support artistic excellence, innovation and diversity
  • ensure that accessibility (in terms of both physical and sensory interaction) of projects is considered at the first stage of project conception through to delivery
  • ensure that the Indigenous heritage of this territory is considered at the first stage of project conception through to delivery
  • ensure that once a work is installed on public space, the public shall have free and unobstructed access
  • ensure that the implementation process follows established guidelines and procedures, and is inclusive and transparent to the public

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