Call For Artists Application

2020 Call for Artists

Public Art in Oak Bay is Alive and Well and Happening!

About Oak Bay

The municipality of Oak Bay, part of Greater Victoria, is located on the south eastern tip of Vancouver Island. Surrounded by beaches and parkland, its scenery includes splendid views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Salish Sea. Oak Bay is legendary for its fine domestic architecture, its picturesque gardens and for its "old world" atmosphere. This geologically fascinating area is also home to the unique and rare Garry Oak Meadow ecosystem. Our 18,000 residents have a deep attachment to our natural and built environment. We have a majority of the region's art galleries and many resident artists and arts enthusiasts. Now in its sixth year of development, the Oak Bay Public Art program, ArtsAlive Oak Bay, with its Arts Laureate position, is an expression of our municipality's support for a flourishing arts environment for the economic, social and personal benefit of our entire community.

About ArtsAlive Oak Bay

For the past five years, in a variety of locations around Oak Bay, the Public Art Advisory Committee has installed outdoor artworks — from stylized realistic pieces to the purely abstract, in various media including several moving wind works. They have been greatly appreciated for their artistic merit and challenged us to pause and reflect about living in this special seaside community, proud of its distinct heritage even as it contemplates its future as a vibrant place to live and work.

Theme for 2020


Some days, it seems easier to dwell upon what separates us than on what we have in common. When we are together, something new emerges. It could be a sense of community and empathy, shared purpose, strength, synchronicity or even interesting entanglements. "Together" is about unity, it's about interconnection, and the beauty of diversity. Each piece retains its integrity yet when brought together, constitutes something new, a different reality, a unique colorful collaboration. Get yourself "Together" and submit your proposal to Oak Bay's ArtsAlive 2020 public art program.

Invitation to Artists

This is an excellent opportunity for artists to showcase their work, imagination and talent. Thousands of local residents and visitors will be exposed to the work in this high profile program. The municipality, local media and Tourism Oak Bay will promote this show throughout the year. Related art events like art walks, paint-ins, and celebrations will be organized, guaranteeing more excitement and community participation.

  • Artists are invited to submit proposals for our 2020/21 outdoor public art program.
  • Work will be displayed for approximately 1 year.
  • Proposals will be juried.
  • Pending community sponsorships, up to 13 pieces will be selected and installed in secure, highly visible outdoor locations.
  • The public will be invited to vote on a People's Choice Award. This piece will be considered for purchase by the Municipality up to a fair market value of $18,000, taxes included.
  • Artwork valued over $18,000 will be considered for exhibition and sale only. A commission of 10% of the sale of any sculpture will go to ArtsAlive to be used for the development of the program.
  • In the past most works selected for inclusion in this program have been sculpture. This program is open to all sustainable outdoor forms of art, including sculpture.

Financial Support

Successful submissions will be provided with an honorarium of $1,000 and a travel/delivery budget at the start and end of the program of up to $500. Any expenses above $500 is the responsibility of the artist.

Works selected by the committee (in the ‘People’s Choice’ Category) will also be eligible to be voted upon by the public. The final piece selected will be considered for purchase up to fair market value of $18,000 (taxes included), and inclusion in Oak Bay's permanent public art collection pending municipal budget approvals.

ArtsAlive 2020/21 Key Dates

  • 9am, Tuesday, November 12, 2019 ~ Application deadline
  • Monday, December 23, 2019 ~ Successful applicants will be notified by this date.
  • Monday, April 6, 2020 ~ New artwork delivered to Oak Bay Public Works Yard.
  • Monday, May 4, 2020 ~ Installation of 2020 ArtsAlive artwork complete.
  • June 2020, date TBA ~ ArtsAlive opening celebration and bus tour.

Jury Process

Pieces will be reviewed by the ArtsAlive selection committee. Shortlisted entries will be reviewed by Municipal staff to ensure technical feasibility and public safety.


  • Overall feasibility, appropriate size, practicality, durability in an outdoor setting.
  • Safety and level of maintenance.
  • Originality and artistic merit.
  • Appropriate to theme, environment and community.
  • Quality of previous work.

How to Apply

We invite your submission by completing the online form below or if you prefer, a hard copy Application Form [PDF - 136 KB] Please submit your application with all supporting documentation outlined on the document checklist, by 9am, Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Hard copy applications mail to: Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture, Attn: ArtsAlive, 1975 Bee Street, Victoria BC, V8R 5E6. Or email to (If emailing, place the artwork title in the subject line and attach application and supporting documents in one email.)

Any questions can be directed to: Karen Manders, Arts and Culture Programmer or 250-370-7908.

Apply Online Below

If you are encountering any difficulties with our online application, please feel free to email your application and images/documentation to, with your artwork name in the subject line.

Many thanks to our 2019 Sponsors:


2020 Online Application

Applicant Contact Information:

About your Artwork:

ArtsAlive Supporting Documents:

The following supporting documents, as well as a completed application form are required in order for your application to be considered:

Use the following format when naming this electronic file: “Smith_biography.doc/pdf”
Use the following format when naming this electronic file: “Smith_statement.doc/pdf”
Please include contact information. Use the following format when naming this electronic file: “last name_title of work” e.g. “Smith_Resume.pdf”

4) THREE photos, sketches, images of artwork from three different views (.jpg or PDF format) :

Note: Use the following format when naming these electronic files: “last name_title of work” e.g. “Smith_Resume.pdf”and “Smith_My Sculpture Title_1.jpeg” “Smith_My Sculpture Title_2.jpeg” etc.

.jpeg or .pdf format only. Use the following format when naming this electronic file: “Smith_My Sculpture Title_1.jpeg” “Smith_My Sculpture Title_2.jpeg” etc.
.jpeg or .pdf format only. Use the following format when naming this electronic file: “Smith_My Sculpture Title_1.jpeg” “Smith_My Sculpture Title_2.jpeg” etc.
.jpeg or .pdf format only. Use the following format when naming this electronic file: “Smith_My Sculpture Title_1.jpeg” “Smith_My Sculpture Title_2.jpeg” etc.

5) Signed Art Display Agreement:

The artist agrees that their application accurately reflects the dimensions and appearance of the completed work that will be submitted to ArtsAlive, if accepted. Changing the size and/or appearance of the work in any significant way is not advisable without written permission from the Public Art Committee. The Public Art Committee reserves the right to disqualify work that does not meet the specifications and descriptions given by the artist on this application.

Signed Art Display Agreement [PDF - 118 KB]

Please download and complete with your legal, written signature, then scan and upload the signed Art Display Agreement below:

.pdf or .jpeg formats only.

Completed applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 9am on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Any questions can be directed to Karen Manders, Acting Arts and Culture Programmer or 250-370-7908.

6) Optional Information:

7) Other Important Information:

Information about Art Base Requirements [PDF - 118 KB]
Supporting Document Checklist [PDF - 165 KB]

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