A downtown alley has become a place for artistic and creative expression for street artists.
Back Alley is an Art Gallery
In June 2014, a new outdoor art gallery was established in Commercial Alley to add vitality to the area while retaining the alley’s use by local businesses. Located in between the 500 Block of Yates and Bastion Square, the outdoor gallery allows for four, 1.2-metre x 2.4-metre panels, showcasing a temporary art installation annually.
The Commercial Alley Art Gallery is a City of Victoria public art initiative that provides a place for artistic and creative expression by local emerging artists. Previous installations have featured original artwork by Other (a.k.a. Troy Lovegates), Roy Green, Liz P. Dempsey, Daniel Ellingsen, and Kai Choufour.
2018 Call to Artists
Emerging artists and artist teams residing in the Capital Region are invited to submit proposals for the sixth Commercial Alley installation and to give a talk at an opening reception. The artwork will be showcased from August 2018 to August 2019.
The artwork is to be presented as a series of four, 1.2 metre by 2.4 metre panels, however the artist can cut and reshape the panels within structural limitations.
Proposals are to include a statement of interest, a description of the artwork, a brief artist biography and curriculum vitae, and five images of the artist’s past and current work. If the proposal is to be submitted by an artist team, it needed to include information/samples from each of the members.
The selected artist/artist team will be paid $2,000. Installation of the artwork will be provided by the City of Victoria. 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 [email protected] by 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, April 9, 2018.