Arts Alive

Arts Alive is Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture’s annual public art program. Where sculptures are selected by a peer jury to be displayed for up to a year at outdoor sites in our municipality. They are on temporary loan by the artists who are sponsored by a local business or community group.

Each year, the Municipality of Oak Bay considers purchasing public art from the Arts Alive program to become part of its permanent public art collection. Between July and November 2023, the public is invited to vote for their favourite artwork. The 3 sculptures that received the most votes will be evaluated by the Arts Alive Jury to determine which artwork will earn the title of ‘People’s Choice,’. This sculpture will be among the sculptures considered for purchase.  
The theme for Arts Alive 2023 is “What is Home.”

ArtsAlive builds on seven very successful and engaging summers of temporary public art in Oak Bay, and through this program, Oak Bay has built a legacy of permanent public art in our community. This project was spearheaded between 2014-2020 by the former Oak Bay Arts Laureate Barbara Adams, whose vision and leadership contributed to making Oak Bay a destination for arts and culture.

Opening Ceremony - July 6, 2023. See Events Calendar

Current Arts Alive Brochure with Map

Arts Alive Archive of Past Exhibitions

Permanent Public Art collection in Oak Bay