MAKE/SPACE Mural Project

MAKE/SPACE Mural Project
Saturday, June 15, 2019 (All day) to Tuesday, July 16, 2019 (All day)

Open Space is now accepting proposal submissions for the MAKE/SPACE Mural Project! 
The MAKE/SPACE project is an exciting opportunity for artists to engage with larger scale questions of heritage, placement, and in/visibility within the community of Victoria.
Through facilitation by Open Space, the MAKE/SPACE Mural Project is issuing an open call for young and emerging artists to submit individual OR group proposals to create an original mural piece on the back wall of Open Space, facing Helmcken Alley. The space in question is located on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, known also as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and the installation process will take place in August of 2019. We are in search of proposals submitted by artists with a personal understanding of their self-location in regards to these territories and the histories of displacement and colonialism that have taken place. The proposal selection and notification of the artist will take place in late July, and the installation of the mural will take place in early to mid August (proposed dates August 6-13th).
Deadline for proposals: Tuesday, July 16, 5pm 
We encourage applications from artists who self-identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, disabled, or as a member of an otherwise marginalized community. We welcome group proposals, although artist teams will share the total commission awarded. Previous mural experience is not required.
For questions or other clarification, you can reach Joy, Gallery Assistant and the MAKE/SPACE project coordinator, at or 250-383-8833. 
Accessibility info:
Open Space Open Space is located at 510 Fort Street on the 2nd floor, between Koto Sushi and Little Jumbo restaurants. The gallery is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs. There is one step outside to reach the gallery doors. The stairwell is 5 feet wide and has two large landings (approx 5ft x 5ft). The stairs are carpeted and there are white-painted wooden handrails on either side. The gallery has two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. The mural will be installed at the rear of the building in Helmcken Alley, which is wheelchair accessible, although the mural installation will require painting via ladder or lift. If you have any other questions or concerns in regards to accessibility, please contact or 250-383-8833.

Proposal submission guidelines and details can be downloaded from this page. In addition to the proposal guidelines, a 2D model of the mural space can be downloaded and is expected to be submitted as part of a successful proposal.