Friday, February 23, 2024

Calling all artists: City of Victoria on the hunt for artists to create kiosk and mural art


The City of Victoria is looking ahead to 2023 and they’re doing two ‘calls to artists’ for submissions.

Downtown kiosks need new artwork and the city’s mural artist roster needs new artists for future mural projects in the city. 

Victoria’s mural roster

Artists from Victoria and all of Western Canada are being invited to throw their name in the hat for the city’s future mural endeavours. 

The City of Victoria has a list of artists that have been vetted and selected to be available for mural opportunities from April 2023 to October 2025. 

When an artist makes the list, local businesses and organizations can easily find them and hire them to enhance their space with a mural. 

Once the artists that make this prestigious list are selected by a panel, their names and artwork will be added to the city’s mural roster page

The selection panel will be judging artist submissions on unique visual storytelling style, their experience creating dynamic murals and collaboration with the community.

(Image from the Victoria Cool Aid Society)

Downtown art in kiosks

Douglas Street has five kiosks on the corners of View Street, Fort Street, Broughton Street, Courtney Street and Humboldt Street. 

Artists who want their art displayed in one of these kiosks in 2023 is invited to submit five works of visual art such as photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, digital artwork, textile and beadworks.

The city says preference will be given to applicants who have not participated in this program in past years. Applicants have to live in the Capital Region, which includes the Gulf Islands.

(City of Victoria)

Online artist information sessions

Artists who are interested in submitting their art to either one of these initiatives will have an opportunity to meet city staff and review application requirements in an online information session for each project respectively. Opportunities to ask questions will also be provided. 

Mural artist roster session

  • When: Wednesday, November 16th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Art in kiosks session

  • When: Thursday, November 17th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Application forms, guidelines and information session registration can be found on the City of Victoria’s public art page.

Monday, December 5th is the deadline for submissions for both of these initiatives. 

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