In 2017, the City of Victoria’s Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery displayed “Newtopia” by artist Kai Choufour. The call to artists for the 2019-20 display season was just announced by the City. Photo courtesy City of Victoria.

Calling all artists: Time to put on your creative thinking cap

City of Victoria now accepting submissions for three public art installation programs

Looking to showcase your artistic talents to the masses?

The City of Victoria is on the hunt for artists and graphic designers from the Capital Region and Gulf Islands to participate in three public art installation programs this summer and in 2020: the Summer Banner Program, Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery, and Commute – A Bus Shelter Exhibition.

These creative opportunities offer high-profile, high-traffic locations where artists can show their stuff. Submissions for each will be juried by a committee made up of artists, design professionals, community members and a representative from the City’s Art in Public Places committee.

Here’s snapshot details of each program:

Summer Banner Program – This biennial program showcases four original designs on downtown lampposts, to be displayed from May to September in 2019 and 2020. The artwork is digitally printed onto high tenacity nylon and is visible from both sides. Artists should submit four designs using colours and images that take advantage of light passing through fabric, and should avoid small details not visible from a distance. The fee to be received is $1,500.

Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery – This seventh annual installation will be showcased in this historic alley between Bastion Square and the 500-block of Yates Street from August 2019 to August 2020. The aim is to enhance the vitality of the area while retaining the alley’s use by local businesses. The art is presented as a series of four 1.2-metre-x-2.4 metre panels, but the selected artist may cut and reshape the panels within structural limitations. The fee is $2,250.

Commute – A Bus Shelter Exhibition – This pilot project in partnership with Pattison Outdoor Advertising sees up to 18 artworks showcased on six bus shelters in Victoria from July 2019 to June 2020. The exhibition is targeted at emerging, Indigenous and multicultural artists, craftspeople and artisans. Up to five suitable existing original artworks may be submitted, or new artwork may be created for consideration. The fee is $500 per image displayed.

Interested artists are asked to submit proposals online only at victoria.ca/publicart. The submission deadlines are March 27 (4 p.m.) for the banner program, and April 9 (4 p.m.) for the Commute and Commercial Alley programs.

Three upcoming drop-in information sessions will provide artists/artist teams an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the three opportunities. They happen:

  • Friday, March 22, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria boardroom, 930 Balmoral Rd.
  • Tuesday, March 26, 4-7 p.m., Victoria City Hall (Esquimalt Nation Room)
  • Friday, March 29, 9 a.m.-noon, Songhees Wellness Centre boardroom, 1100 Admirals Rd.

Selected artists will be contacted in April. For more information about this program or other public art in the city, visit victoria.ca/publicart.



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