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Art in Kiosks Downtown

Art in Kiosks Downtown

Art in Kiosks

The City of Victoria is seeking artwork to display in kiosks in the downtown core from February 2022 through to January 2023. The Art in Kiosks program enhances everyday artistic encounters and conversations in public space. This program celebrates the creativity of local visual artists by providing temporary exhibition opportunities.

This Call is open to visual artists who are residents of the Capital Regional District including the Gulf Islands, working in various mediums and with varying levels of experience. Applicants will submit image files of 2D artworks (photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, digital artwork, textiles, beading, etc.), that can be output in a high-quality poster format for printing. The artist's fee for selected artwork is $500.

There are five kiosk locations, and up to ten artworks that may be selected for two display periods: February 2022 – July 2022, and August 2022 – January 2023.

DEADLINE TO APPLY is Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. PST

FOR MORE INFORMATION, including the Submission Guidelines and Application Form, please see our website www.victoria.ca/kiosks

Or contact [email protected]
BMO 1st Art!

BMO 1st Art!

Posted by: BMO 1st Art!
Celebrating Canada’s New Artists

This virtual exhibition showcases the winning submissions of the 19th annual BMO 1st ART! competition. The thirteen artists featured are recent graduates of postsecondary art programs from every province and territory who have been honoured for their talent and exceptional accomplishments. Their inspiring works provide a glimpse into the remarkable range of media and expression being explored by today’s undergrads. They also represent the promise and excitement of Canada’s newest generation of artists.

National Winner
Anna Kuelken (NSCAD University)

Kev Liang (University of Alberta)
shannon pahladsingh (University of the Fraser Valley)
Tayler Buss (University of Manitoba)
Alana Morouney (Mount Allison University)
Bethany MacKenzie (Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Max TS. Yang (NSCAD University)
Erin Faulks (Nunavut Arctic College)
Allysha Jacque (York University)
Donald Price (Holland College)
Maggy Hamel-Metsos (Concordia University)
Holly Aubichon (University of Regina)
Juliet Di Carlo (Yukon School of Visual Arts)

Visit: artmuseum.utoronto.ca from November 16th to December 8th!
Little Gems 2021 Holiday Show + Sale

Little Gems 2021 Holiday Show + Sale

The holidays are around the corner … and the VAC is excited to welcome back our LITTLE GEMS 2021 holiday show + sale …

Taking place at 1800 Store Street from 4-19 December, Little Gems will be open daily from 11am to 5pm!

All VAC members are encouraged to participate in this non-juried opportunity.

We are looking for original works of art, craft, cards … This is a non-juried show+sale… you decide what you want to include!

The VAC will be open daily during this special annual members event, and we will be seeking volunteers to help with installation, gallery-sitting, wrapping, and clean up.

The volunteer schedule will be prepared shortly, but you can always email if you know you’ll be able to help out this year: [email protected] with the subject line LITTLE GEMS VOLUNTEER 2021

Please note:
- Online registration for Little Gems 2021 is available here: https://vicartscouncil.ca/2021/11/02/2021-little-gems/
- Open to VAC members only, so be sure to renew your membership: https://vicartscouncil.ca/support/membership/
- Artwork delivery will take place Monday 29 November and Tuesday 30 November from 10am to 6pm [no earlier / no later]
- All artwork MUST be labeled with: Artist Name; Title of Work; Medium; Price [artworks not labeled completely will not be accepted, no exceptions]
- There is a $25.00 administrative fee to participate in this show + sale
- Maximum price of $500 per artwork
- VAC Members are encouraged to bring in up to 3 works presentation-ready [no larger than 20 x 16 inches for 2-D works and 2x2x2 feet for 3-D works]
- Greeting Cards accepted individually or in packages, priced as marked.
- Once a work is sold, the artist will have the opportunity to replenish if they so desire
- Standard 25% commission to VAC | Payment to artists for sold work will take place by end of January 2022
- Pick-up of unsold work must take place Sunday 19 December between 3PM and 5PM [any remaining artwork will be subject to storage fees: $10 per day per item. VAC gallery and offices will be closed from 20 December 2021 – 5 January 2022.]


Posted by: Gallery Ring
Gallery Ring announces the ARTISTS OF THE MONTH contest.


The deadline to submit work is Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 $20 US for 1-2 artworks


The four, winning artists will receive the "Artist of the Month" distinction and will have their artwork and statement featured prominently on the Home Page of the website. They will also receive a digital Award Certificate and Award Page and will be promoted on Gallery Ring's newsletter and Instagram. Additionally, the winners will be automatically entered into the annual Artist Of The Year Event.

There isn't any theme for this contest. The subject matter is the choice of the artist. 2D artwork including photography/digital is eligible. All artistic styles from realistic and traditional to abstract and experimental are welcome.
Vocational Counsellor

Vocational Counsellor

INTERNAL POSITION Full time Permanent

Program /Team ArtWorks.

Position Summary: Promote and ensure the skill development of individuals with developmental disabilities through art and related activities. Services are provided in community-based settings, in GHS program spaces, and in the ArtWorks Studio. Complete learning assessments and provide clients with continued learning through art and art-related activities education that will further independence and inclusion in the community.

Reports to: Team Coordinator ArtWorks
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday.
Location: Based out of 1950 Government St.

Skills and abilities:
Demonstrated working knowledge of supports specific to individuals with DD
Excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to establish a positive rapport with all stakeholders.
Demonstrated working knowledge of current trends and best practices in arts-based learning
Demonstrated working knowledge of fine art mediums, painting, drawing, printmaking, papier-mâché, sculpture. Working knowledge of foundational art concepts and art history.
Demonstrated ability to teach and promote the artistic abilities of clients in both group and individual settings
Demonstrated ability to network within the Victoria Art Community. Participant in solo/group art shows
Good time management skills
Demonstrated teamwork skills
Written communication skills, especially with regard to reporting. Computer literacy

Required Education, Training and Experience:
A degree or diploma in visual arts, and/or the equivalent education and experience is required for this position
Recognized as a professional artist
One year recent experience in the development and delivery of arts-based learning opportunities
Experience and knowledge in the area of behaviour management and/or Crisis Intervention including Mandt Training
First Aid/CPR.
Class 5 Driving License

Additional Information:
Willing to use personal vehicle for work purposes

Wage rate: See Wage Grid for Vocational Counsellor in Appendix A of the collective agreement (Step 1 - $23.10/hr).
Closing Date: 4.00 p.m. November 19th, 2021.
Effective Date: ASAP
Applications should be submitted to: Geoff Ewert, Director Learning and Employment: [email protected]
This position is open to all qualified individuals regardless of their gender identity.
This position requires Union membership.
GHS is committed to inclusive hiring practices, providing equitable opportunities for minorities including: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and LGBTQIA2S+ applicants.
Monday Afternoon Art Club

Monday Afternoon Art Club

We are pleased to offer an opportunity for people to work on art projects in our beautiful new space. The Monday Afternoon Art Club is on Mondays between 1-4pm and is on a drop-in basis (no pre-registration required at this point). You pay when you arrive and then set yourself up at table and start working on your art! Easels are also available upon request. You will have access to our art library if you find yourself in need of extra inspiration during the afternoon. The school's director, Wendy Welch will be available for a short period in the afternoon should you have art-related questions of are looking for brief feedback on your work.
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Posted by: Gallery Ring
Gallery Ring is celebrating the upcoming holidays with a complimentary show and draw! You are invited to participate!


Artists who enter may have their work included in the online, juried show and could win a Free-Entry Voucher in a corresponding draw.

One artwork will be selected and revealed on the Home Page of the website every day starting December 1st until December 24th, 2021 ending in a group show of the best 24 artworks. Three DIAMOND SNOWFLAKE AWARDS and four CRYSTAL SNOWFLAKE AWARDS will be presented.

The subject matter is the choice of the artist. The work does not have to be holiday-themed.
The deadline to submit work is Monday, November 29th 2021.
Open Archives/Archives Ajar

Open Archives/Archives Ajar

Open Archives/Archives Ajar
13-28 November 2021

The Victoria Arts Council has come a long way over the 53 years since our start as the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria. We could not have met the huge milestones over the past five decades without the help of all the local artists we’ve worked with as well as without the support of our community.

We are excited to announce that the official history of the Victoria Arts Council (formerly the CACGV) will be preserved through a donation of our archival materials to the University of Victoria’s Special Collections / Vancouver Island Visual Arts Holdings.

Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Victoria Libraries documents arts and culture in Victoria, including records relating to individual architects, artists, musicians, printers, publishers, and writers as well as local arts organizations and theatre companies. Established in 1968, the Victoria Arts Council has played a role in promoting and advocating for the arts for over fifty years. The VAC is now preparing its archives for inclusion in Special Collections in order to provide access to students, faculty, community members, and other researchers interested in Victoria’s artistic and cultural history.

Have you been involved in VAC over the years? Help build the VAC archives! The following material is of interest:
· Photographs
· Posters / Flyers
· Publications (exhibition)
· Audiovisual recordings
· Meeting Minutes, Board Minutes
· Organizational files
· Project files
· Committee files
· Financial statements
· Reports / Studies

A special exhibit is being planned where community members and previous Council affiliates will be welcomed and encouraged to donate any materials related to our history that you may have been holding on to. This material will be processed by VAC staff and go on display immediately as part of Open Archives/Archives Ajar.

Do you have posters, invitations, press releases, photographs, brochures or anything else from our past that will help tell (y)our story? If so, bring it to the Victoria Arts Council’s main gallery + offices @ 1800 Store Street from 13-28 November.

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, noon to five.

For more information call 778-533-7123 or email [email protected] subject: ARCHIVES

Pat Martin Bates, VAC Co-Founder + Honorary Committee Chair
Lynda Gammon, VAC Board Representative + UVic Professor Emerita
Flo-Elle Watson, VAC Board Member (retired) + Artist
Kegan McFadden, VAC Executive Director + Committee Co-Chair
Draw by Drawing

Draw by Drawing

We are pleased to announce the return of regular weekly sessions of Draw by Drawing starting Wednesday, Sept 29, 10-11:30. The sessions will be held on a weekly basis until December 8. And then they will continue again in January. There will be a few Monday evening “pop-up” sessions as well for those who can’t make the Wednesday morning ones.

The first session of the semester will start with going back to the basics and drawing plants with line. The focus will be on observation and drawing a confident line (as opposed to a “perfect” line). This week’s project is inspired by the beautiful line plant drawings of American abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly.

Materials: 2B pencil, eraser, 11 x 14″ sketchbook and potted plant or cut flowers.

Please note that all materials needed for Draw by Drawing can be found in our Draw by Drawing kits. These kits contain enough supplies for 25+ Draw by Drawing sessions
Friends of Pacific Wild- Wild Auction 2022

Friends of Pacific Wild- Wild Auction 2022

Wild Auction 2022! Pacific Wild’s annual fundraiser for wildlife and conservation in BC will be held April 10-15, 2022. We are inviting artists to take part by creating a work of art related to wildlife here in BC. Artists may choose to donate 30-100% of the proceeds of the winning bid to Pacific Wild's conservation initiatives.

To find out more information about the event, please visit our website: https://friends.pacificwild.org/event/event-wild-auction-2022/

Deadline to register is February 15.

Looking forward to seeing what you create!


Friends and prospective members of the Victoria Arion Male Choir:
I write on behalf of the VAMC Executive to inform you of our plans for our return to rehearsals next month. In all of our planning we give first priority to the safety and comfort of choir members. We have studied carefully the regulations and recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer, and we have learned much from the advice of the BC Choral Federation. Our current plan is to return to weekly in-person rehearsals (led by our Music Director Sean Lampard-Quicke), beginning on Monday, 13 September, at 7:00 pm. The first two rehearsals will be held at Gateway Baptist Church, 898 Royal Oak Avenue. We are meeting with officials at that church to finalize our plans. A decision on where to rehearse after 20 September will be taken later; Cordova Bay United Church remains an option.
There will be strict protocols for participation in in-person rehearsals. A Safety Plan has been drafted and the final version will be sent to you very soon. The rules will include the following. Participants will be required to present proof of full vaccination (two shots completed at least seven days prior to the first rehearsal). All singers must wear a mask throughout the rehearsal. Singers’ masks are encouraged, with some disposable singers’ masks to be provided by the choir at the first rehearsals. All masks should meet BC CDC recommendations. Rehearsals will take place in a large sanctuary, with singers at appropriate distances from each other. The duration of rehearsals will be limited and there will be regular breaks.
For those who are not able to participate in in-person rehearsals, we plan to offer a remote connection so that it is possible to participate via Zoom from your home. This option will be available for the whole season if members wish.
The choir is very keen to welcome new members! The first rehearsals will include singing as well as introductions and discussions of our plans for the season. We regret that we cannot at this time continue with our tradition of a social gathering, with refreshments, to welcome new members. The welcome will, nevertheless, be warm and sincere.
It is essential that we know who will be attending our first rehearsals. Please confirm by email ([email protected]) if you plan to attend the first in-person rehearsals on 13 and 20 September. Please indicate which section you wish to join: tenor, baritone, bass. Please indicate also if you prefer to attend these rehearsals via Zoom.
If you know of others who might be interested in joining the choir, please ask them to contact me.
Eric W Sager, Secretary, VAMC.
28 August 2021.
Jim Johnson
Marketing Committee Chair
Victoria Arion Male Choir


Check out the new on-line MISSA SHOP & Salon and browse original artwork. This is an opportunity for Artists who are Friends of MISSA to sell their artwork on-line. It is also an opportunity for members of the community to shop for original artwork made by B.C. Artists. MISSA offers a generous commission to Artist Vendors and the Salon component is for items that have been generously donated to MISSA.

Become a Friend Today! Visit missa.ca/friends-of-missa/

Visit the SHOP & Salon at www.missa.ca/shop

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