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August 21, 2020, 9:26 am

New Artworks Coming to Downtown Victoria this August

City of Victoria
VICTORIA - The artwork of 40 local artists will be showcased in the downtown core this month. The City is installing artworks in signage kiosks, vacant storefronts, an alley, and Bastion Square, animating various downtown sites to celebrate local creatives and enhance everyday artistic encounters.

Commercial Alley Art Gallery’s 8th installation, What If, by local artist Emily Thiessen, has been installed. Thiessen’s work was selected for the outdoor gallery, located along the west wall of the Youth Empowerment Society building on the 500 block of Yates Street, through a juried Call to Artists for emerging artists and artist teams earlier this year. Learn more.

Another mural, More Justice More Peace, is also set to go in Bastion Square this month. The mural was created by 17 local BIPOC artists led by Capitol B.L.A.C.K, a local group that prioritizes education and outreach to combat racism and colonial oppression for marginalized communities on Vancouver Island.  More Justice More Peace received funding through the City’s Everyday Creative Grant program and will remain in Bastion Square until 2023. 

The Everyday Creativity Grant is a new one-time grant of $500- $5,000 for non-profit organizations to create new ideas for engaging residents to participate in the arts. More Justice More Peace is the first project funded, and applications remain open until December 31, 2020. Learn more.

Artworks by local artists will also start popping up this week in10 signage kiosks along Douglas Street and in City parkades. Art installations will also take over five vacant downtown storefronts to explore the themes of identity, the future, diversity and resident wildlife. Learn more.

The City looked for emerging and established local designers and illustrators to temporarily beautify vacant storefront windows with vinyl wraps, as well as artists to animate downtown signage kiosks. More than 50 images were considered, and 23 artists were chosen with each artist compensated $500 for their individual work. Learn more.

The storefront and kiosk artworks were selected by a project panel that included a member of the Art in Public Places Committee. The Animated Kiosk and Vacant Storefront exhibition programs are a part of the City’s Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan.

These new art installations will animate the downtown and provide more temporary exhibition opportunities for artists. 

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