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Victoria Event Centre to host grand finale of live Art Battle competition this Friday


If you are wondering whether art can be competitive, it can. 

‘Art Battle’ is a renowned global event which also takes place right here in Victoria to support artists and have them show off their talent in a timely and tangible way. 

It is hosted by the Victoria Event Centre (VEC) and takes place monthly through the year from September to June. 

Coming up on Friday, June 14th, is the Art Battle City Championship in which all the winners and some runners-up from throughout the 2023-24 season will take each other on for a grand prize and a spot in the nationals, which will be held in Toronto this summer. 

The championship will be a two hour event consisting of two, 20-minute preliminary rounds and a big, 30-minute final round. 

Twelve artists will paint or draw on canvas, six at a time in the first two rounds in which two artists will move on to the final round. 

In this final round, the art battle will be down to just four artists with the winner taking all. 

Art Battle also features a live DJ and well-known local comedian Emily Woods. 

“The artists are in the middle of the dancefloor, so as an audience member you circle the artists as they paint,” said Cody Evans, Social Media and Marketing Coordinator for the VEC. 

“So as you do one full circle, you’ll get to see the paintings progress and how they take shape over those 20 minutes.”

The winners of the preliminary and final round are all decided by the audience and people also have the chance to support these talented local artists by bidding on their creations, with the highest bid at the end of the event getting to take some art home. 

Currently, there are 15 cities that partake in this global event and Victoria’s winner will have their way paid by the VEC to represent the city against artists from across Canada. 

Evans says this is a great way to support art and for artists to get to know one another, building Victoria’s vibrant community of creators. 

The VEC presents: Art Battle City Championship

  • Where: The Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street
  • When: Friday, June 14th, from 6 p.m. to 9:30
  • Tickets: available online or at the door
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