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2022 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. 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

ArtsAlive is Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture’s annual public art program. Sculptures are selected by a peer jury to be displayed for up to a year at outdoor sites in our municipality. They are on temporary loan by the artists who are sponsored by a local business or community group. 

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture has installed outdoor sculptures in a variety of locations around Oak Bay — from stylized realistic pieces to the purely abstract, in various media including static and kinetic sculpture. They have been greatly appreciated for their artistic merit and have challenged viewers 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. The permanent sculptures frame views, animate parks, streetscapes and viewpoints.

Now in its seventh year of development, the Oak Bay Public Art program, ArtsAlive, is an expression of our municipality's support for a flourishing arts environment for the economic, social, and personal benefit of our entire community. 
To learn more please visit the ArtsAlive Permanent Public Art page

Theme for 2022

KINSHIP

What connects us to other people?  Who becomes a part of the social webs that we weave?  Whether by family ties, shared experiences, or through empathy and mutual understanding, people find themselves connected to one another.  How are new connections made and how is kinship fostered? For some, “kin” extends beyond shared ancestry and family relations to community, environment and society. We invite artists to explore the theme of “kinship” and what it means to be in meaningful connection with the people around us.

 

How to Apply

Please direct questions to: Andrea Pass, Acting Arts and Culture Programmer apass@oakbay.ca or  250-370-7908.

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

Arts Alive 2023 - Watch for more information this fall.