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It’s time to get creative, Victoria!

The City of Victoria is calling on local and aspiring artists to submit a proposal for two local outdoor art projects.

In addition to its annual call to artists for the Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery installation, the city is introducing Commute, a new bus shelter-based exhibit.

“Short-term public art installations enhance a city and contribute to its vibrancy and livability,” the city said in a statement.

Submissions for each call will be juried by a Selection Committee including artists, design professionals, community members, and a representative of the Art in Public Places Committee.

Two outdoor exhibition opportunities 

The Commercial Alley Outdoor Art Gallery is an opportunity for artists to have their art showcased in an annual exhibit between the 500 Yates Street block and Bastion Square.

It’s a popular location that generates plenty of foot traffic, and the outdoor gallery showcases four 1.2 metre by 2.4 metre art pieces.

Artists and/or their teams are paid $2000 for the project, and must also introduce their art at an opening reception.

New this year is Commute

Commute is a pilot project that will showcase art around selected city bus shelters, and will provide an opportunity for up to 18 artists of many skills. Digital media, ceramics, photography, watercolour, acrylic, and drawing are all accepted mediums. Artists can submit up to 5 pieces, and will be paid $500 per selected piece.

Six transit shelters have been selected for display, and the art pieces will be rotated throughout the shelters every four months from July 2018 to June 2019.

It’s a great opportunity for aspiring artists to get their foot in the door, while also contributing to the local culture of the city.

The deadline for submission is Monday, April 9th.

Get your crafting tools out and get creating!


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