City of Victoria Youth Council Launches Bike-powered Art Gallery
Victoria, BC - A bike-powered, mobile art gallery is about to transform Victoria’s streets and bikeways into a massive exhibition space.
Featuring works by artists 25 years old and under, the PedalBox Gallery offers youth an innovative platform for exhibiting their art, while demonstrating the artistic and environmental potential of a bike-powered gallery. “Our project aims to empower young artists and share a diversity of youth voices with Victoria,” says Kluane Buser-Rivet, Coordinator of the City of Victoria Youth Council.
The PedalBox Gallery will make its debut at the Integrate Arts Crawl’s ‘Play on Words Book Fair’ at the Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch on Saturday, August 24, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Young muralist Remia Wong will be displaying her art.
“The Victoria Youth Council has heard time and time again from youth that the two biggest barriers for young artists are lack of space to exhibit their work and lack of financial support. PedalBox addresses both of those needs by offering an innovative mobile exhibition space and an artist honorarium to young emerging artists,” says Buser-Rivet.
The PedalBox Gallery is accepting applications from artists of age 25 and under to exhibit works of all genres, including visual art, film, performance and literature. Successful applicants will receive support from the PedalBox team, $125 budget to bring their project to life and a unique opportunity to be a part of an artistic conversation about the environment. “Art, bikes, and young minds working together to transform our city,” says PedalBox Coordinator Jon Dowdall when asked what excites him about this project. “PedalBox demonstrates the dynamic possibilities of our emerging bike culture,” adds Buser-Rivet.
A City of Victoria Youth Council initiative, the PedalBox Art Gallery is funded by the CRD and supported by BC Healthy Communities and a number of local partners, including Tony’s Trailers who built the PedalBox structure.