Established in 2014, a downtown alley is a place for artistic and creative expression for street artists a community enhancement project between the City of Victoria and the Open Space Arts Society.

Commercial Alley, Victoria’s Outdoor Art Gallery, is now looking for a new art installation. Located between the 500 Block of Yates Street and Bastion Square.

Local artists are invited to submit proposals for the fourth Commercial Alley installation, which will be showcased from August 2016 to August 2017, and launched during the Integrate Arts Festival.

The artwork will be presented as a series of four, 1.2 metre by 2.4 metre panels.

City of Victoria says proposals are to include a statement of interest that expresses ideas for the artwork, a description of the work, a brief artist biography and 10 images of the artist’s past and current work. The selected artist will be paid a fee of $1,750 and a $250 stipend for shipping the artwork to the location.

Installation of the artwork will be provided by the City of Victoria.

Proposal Workshop

Artists are invited to learn more and ask questions at a proposal writing workshop to be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Open Space, located on the second floor of 510 Fort Street. Call 250.383.8833 to register.

Submission Deadline

The Open Space Program Committee and representatives from the City of Victoria Art in Public Places Committee and the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society will review proposals that meet submission guidelines.

Proposals are to be emailed to openspace@openspace.ca by Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. The winning artist will be announced April 30.

View the submission guidelines.

The outdoor art gallery was established in Commercial Alley to add vitality to the area while retaining the alley’s use by local businesses