ArtsAlive Oak Bay 2017 Public Art Call for Artists


ArtsAlive is Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture’s annual public sculpture program where pieces are selected to be shown outdoors in our municipality for approximately one year.

All fine artists are invited to submit proposals for our 2017 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.
• 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.

It is our hope to provide successful bids with an honorarium of $1,000 and a travel/delivery budget of up to $500. This is dependent on the number of community sponsors who sign on to support the ArtsAlive Oak Bay program and as such is not guaranteed. We hope to be able to confirm this in January 2017.

Works selected by the committee will also be eligible to be chosen for the Peoples’ Choice Award. This winning piece will be considered for eventual purchase and inclusion in Oak Bay’s permanent public art collection pending municipal budget approvals. 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 2017.

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

2017 Theme: Transitions
In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday, and many communities across the country will make plans to mark the occasion. The Oak Bay Public Art Committee is looking for sculptural works of art to be placed in our community, based on the theme Transitions. We invite artists to submit proposals for sculptural works that engage notions of community transitions, especially as they apply to the unique experience of life in Oak Bay—a community with a strong sense of cultural identity rooted in the past, lived dynamically in the present, and greatly engaged in its future.

Some ideas could include still and kinetic representations of or allusions to historical figures or events, references to eras of the natural environment, depictions of everyday people and familiar items (past, present, and future!), displays of local iconic names and symbols, any of which can be imagined through the unique/ironic/comic/thoughtful lens of the creative artist!

Key Dates:
• January 20, 2017: Application deadline. No late entries.
• February 3, 2017: Final jury selection
• April 28, 2017: Sculptures delivered to Oak Bay Public Works
• May 24, 2017: Installation complete
• June 1, 2017: Show opens – Opening celebration and Bus Tour
• May 15, 2018: Sculpture removal completed

Jury Process:
Pieces will be reviewed by the ArtsAlive selection committee. Shortlisted entries will be reviewed by municipal staff for technical feasibility and public safety.
• Immediate appeal
• Interpretation of the 2017 theme: “Transitions”
• Skill and technique
• Refinement of design and concept
• Creativity and originality
• Suitability to our display sites and specifications

How To Apply: Download application and instructions at

• Applications can be emailed, or sent by post or courier.



Call for Submissions