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Call for Artists: 2018 ArtsAlive Public Art

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 four 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

  • All fine artists are invited to submit proposals for our 2018 public sculpture program.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by a jury of art professionals and citizen enthusiasts.
  • Work will be displayed for approximately 1 year.
  • 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 Peoples' 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 2019.

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

2018 Theme: Balancing Act

The Oak Bay Public Art Committee, mindful of the increasingly diverse options and choices available--and often pressing--in today’s world, has chosen “Balancing Act” as a theme for its call for the public art works to be installed outdoors in the municipality for 2018-19. In life, as in art, many elements, physical, emotional, intellectual, or political, are often at constant play, held in sometimes rough-and-ready, sometimes fragile equilibrium, as positive and negative, active and passive forces, contend for dominance in a world of conflicting goals, movements, and needs. As you read the newspaper, walk the street, or take notice of a landscape, you encounter vivid, challenging forces, spoken or unspoken, palpable or furtive, that constitute the balancing acts that compel our daily lives. We look forward to reviewing works of art in sculptural form that creatively and powerfully address the theme of Balancing Act in various media.

How to Apply

We invite your submission through our online application form which provides more precise information for artists regarding timeline, design specifications, and financial support.

Hard copy applications can be sent by post or courier: Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture, Attn: ArtsAlive Submission, 1975 Bee Street, Victoria BC , V8R 5E6.

Application Deadline: December 10, 2017

For further information, please contact:
Barbara Adams, 250-592-9681, Arts Laureate,
Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture






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