Visual Arts


Friday, June 17, 2016, 7:30 pm to Saturday, July 30, 2016, 5:00 pm

Bioart is coming to Victoria! Jennifer Willet (Windsor, ON) presents Natural Science a touring exhibition that undermines traditional hierarchies between the natural and un-natural worlds. Specimens intermingle in unusual ways challenging the protocols of traditional laboratory work. The project is inspired by art and science research conducted in a portable lab constructed in the Rocky Mountains during a residency at the Banff Centre. This unique collection of bioart research serves to re-imagine the role that biotechnology plays in our shared natural history. 

Commercial Alley 2014: Troy Lovegates

Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:00 pm to Sunday, February 15, 2015, 5:00 pm

VICTORIA, BC – A joint initiative is turning a downtown alley into a place for artistic and creative expression by local artists. The City of Victoria is partnering with Open Space Arts Society to establish a new outdoor art gallery in Commercial Alley, located between the 500 block of Yates Street and Bastion Square.
Commercial Alley’s rst installation goes up mid-June and consists of a custom-designed, four-panel artwork by renowned street artist Other (a.k.a Troy Lovegates). To be installed on the west wall of the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society, the artwork depicts four patterned, black-and-white gures punctuated by bold red shapes. The expertly executed portraits are characterized by their brooding, emotive faces—each with an expression that ranges from the sinister to the somber and forlorn.

One Way or Another

Friday, January 13, 2017, 7:30 pm to Saturday, February 18, 2017, 5:00 pm

One Way or Another highlights the failure involved in the quest for excellence. The project originated with a trilogy of videos that use classic video games as a platform to investigate human struggle. Within this trilogy a character blunders through a series of obstacles that constantly defy her. These impediments are indicative of forms and concepts that drive Dickie's artistic practice: logic inspired, insurmountable forms that are turned into absurd objects of physical comedy. The structures from the videos have been brought to life through sculptures that focus on endless patterns. Together, the sculptures and videos create an immersive environment of humorous persistence. Questioning the value of human progress and highlighting the struggle for bigger, better and more.​

the absence of the origin of its likeness

Friday, November 4, 2016, 7:30 pm to Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:00 pm

Has this photograph been digitally altered? Did the scene it show actually occur? Since the photograph’s invention, people have been enamored by the image’s resemblance to its subject. But changes in the field of photography like digital imaging and editing have brought this into question. In the absence of the origin of its likeness, artists Laura Dutton and Arnold Koroshegyi examine these issues, using both analogue and digital technologies, to destabilize traditional readings and open up new avenues for making and looking at photographs. 

Commercial Alley 2016: Daniel Ellingsen

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 6:00 pm to Saturday, August 19, 2017, 5:00 pm

The City of Victoria’s partnership with Open Space Arts Society has transformed Commercial Alley’s busy thoroughfare into an accessible, outdoor public art gallery for the past four years. Open Space and the City of Victoria are delighted to announce Daniel Ellingsen as the Commercial Alley artist for 2016. Born in the UK, Ellingsen has lived and worked across Canada for the past thirty years, exhibiting in Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Toronto. He currently lives in the City of Victoria, and recently finished his MFA at the University of Victoria, where he presented his solo exhibition, Die Strandloper.

Raymond Boisjoly is an Indigenous artist of Haida and Québécois descent. His work focuses on the representation of aboriginality, language as a cultural practice, and the ways in which these issues are materialized and experienced.

Amy Malbeuf is a Métis visual artist from Rich Lake, Alberta, Canada.

Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Gwich’in artist and a founding member of the ReMatriate collective. In 2012, she graduated from Emily Carr University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts after working as a Curatorial Assistant for Rita Wong’s Downstream: Reimagining Water project.

Why Can't Minimal

Friday, September 16, 2016, 7:30 pm to Saturday, October 22, 2016, 5:00 pm

For the average person, Minimalism, a mid-20th century modernist genre, has a reputation for being coldly intellectual, abstract, or hard to understand. Why Can't Minimal, curated by John G. Hampton, both challenges and engages the critiques of minimalism. In his hands, art history is witty, candid and speculative.


Tammi Campbell’s art practice engages with the tradition of Modernist and Minimalist painting by referring, either explicitly or implicitly, to the legacies of Agnes Martin, Frank Stella, or Sol LeWitt, for example.


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