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2019 Call for Artists

*Note: Submissions for 2019 are now closed*

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 fifth year of development, the Oak Bay Public Art Strategy 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 Committee installed outdoor sculptural artworks — from stylized realistic pieces to the purely abstract, in various media including several moving wind works. They were all 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.

Invitation To Artists/Sculptors

*Note: Submissions for 2019 are now closed*

  • Work will be displayed for approximately 1 year.

  • Proposals will be reviewed by a jury of art professionals and citizen enthusiasts.

  • Up to 13 pieces to 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.

  • Sculptures 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.

  • Through this annual program, Oak Bay intends to develop a public art collection for permanent display.

Benefits to the Artist

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, Tourism Victoria 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.

Financial Support

Successful submissions will be provided with an honorarium of $1,000 and a travel/delivery budget of up to $500.

Works selected by the committee (in the People’s Choice Category) will also be eligible to be chosen for the People's Choice Award. This winning piece will be considered for eventual purchase up to fair market value of $18,000, and inclusion in Oak Bay's permanent public art collection pending municipal budget approvals. A commission of 10% of the sale of any sculpture will go to ArtsAlive to be used for the development of the program. Therefore, artists must also agree to make their piece available for the municipality to purchase for fair market value (to a maximum of $18,000). Should such funding approvals be successful the purchase would take place in 2020.

Artists may sell or lease their works at the end of the show (with the exception of the People's Choice winner).

2019 Theme: Confluence

Objects and forces, links and connections, ideas and images can join in vigorous and often surprising ways. Think of iconic images of the ever-stirring Salish Sea, rock-strewn, glaciated coastal terrain, multihued Garry Oak and camas fields, all flowing onwards and merging as our natural, living landscape. Consider the human dimension, through time and topography as people assemble in changing relationships with each other and the environment. The confluence of First Nations and others as expressed in artifact and recall, amount to ever-shifting layers of memory, known and unknown.

Many thanks to our 2018 Sponsors:

ArtsAlive 2018/19 Key Dates

  • Friday, November 30, 2018 ~ Application deadline

  • Friday, December 12, 2018 ~ Final jury selection

  • Friday, April 5, 2019 ~ New 2019 Sculptures delivered to Oak Bay Public Works

  • Friday, May 3, 2019 ~ Installation of 2019 ArtsAlive Sculptures complete

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 ~ Show opens - 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.


  • Artist’s interpretation of the theme

  • Demonstrated skill and technique

  • Creativity and originality

  • Design is appropriate to the community/audience

Entry Instructions

  • Application submissions for 2019 are now closed

For further information, please contact Barbara Adams, 250-592-9681, Arts Laureate, Email:

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