VICTORIA, BC — Six local artists and 18 youth have been selected to beautify six graffiti hotspots downtown and in Victoria neighbourhoods. A partnership between the City of Victoria and the United Way Greater Victoria, the Create Community Colour Mural program is matching a professional artist with two or more youth ages 14 – 20 to collaboratively produce 10 colourful murals.

Based on their creative proposals and experience in murals and other art forms, the artists have been selected to enhance a mural location which will feature one to three murals. Concepts will be further developed in the coming months and the murals are expected to be completed in the spring.

The artists, their concepts, and the mural locations are noted below:

• Jesse Campbell – Incorporate urban contemporary and abstract pieces similar to the Open Space mural located next to it. (506 Fort Street – Back of the building next to Open Space; two murals)

• Jamin Cook Zuroski – Use three main themes depicting past, present and future, highlighting the land and its people moving forward. The piece will be a mix of traditional and contemporary styles. (603 Pandora Avenue – Corner of Pandora Avenue and Government Street, across from the McPherson Theatre; three murals)

• Luke Ramsey – Demonstrate a blend of individuality and shared vision by creating a series of heads along the length of the wall, with each head sharing an eye next to the head on either side. (835 Fisgard Street – Back of the building located on Cormorant Street, across from Ministry of Health building; one mural)

• Shawn Shepherd – Create an urban garden look that will be based on a garden motif of plant foliage, and include a large arrangement of coloured stripes entangled in large leafy vegetation. (930 – 932 Pandora Avenue – Back of three buildings on Mason Street, east of Wildfire Bakery; one mural)

• Jody DeSchutter – Present a large scale figurative focal point radiating in colour and losing detail and focus towards the edges, with a background of urban buildings and forestry to complement the figure. (1211 Gladstone Avenue – Southeast sections of a housing complex’s perimeter fence, located across the street from the Fernwood Community Centre; one mural)

• Christine White – Create an art nouveaux style female character in an outdoor setting with wind and seed flying from her hands, dancing across the space. (1550 Kings Road – Victoria Emergency Management Agency container, adjacent to the tennis courts in Oaklands Park; two murals)

The mural program is an art-based, proactive program designed to engage youth in the field of mural arts. The program is aligned with the United Way’s recent youth in action project where 23 young people came together to create a vision for their community, which included the need for youth to find a sense of belonging through community art.

The United Way Greater Victoria is contributing a total of $45,000 for the creation, maintenance and decommissioning of the murals for a five year-term. Property owners will have the option to decommission their building’s mural(s) after the term or take over the maintenance.

The City of Victoria is contributing $11,000 to the program and will seal the murals with an anti-graffiti protective coating. Artists who receive funding from the Create Community Colour Mural program are responsible for expenditures and reporting.

For more information on the Create Community Colour Mural program, and the details about each mural location, visit www.victoria.ca/publicart.

To download artists bios, click here.

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For More Information:

Katie Hamilton
Director, Citizen Engagement and Strategic Planning
Office: 250.361.0210
Cellular: 250.217.8343

Heather Skydt
Director, Communications and Marketing
United Way Greater Victoria
Office: 250.984.2269
heather@uwgv.ca