Photo Murals Unveiled



Six stunning photographic murals were unveiled as winners selected from 175 entries for the Downtown BIZ’s Photographic Competition were announced today.

All six photos are on display in downtown skywalk windows, visible from the street and from inside the skywalks, for one year. Where possible, photo panels will be lit. The largest panel is 25 feet wide. All 175 entries will be on display in Portage Place as part of a People’s Choice Award.

Locations include: Portage Place west and east skywalks, Investors Group skywalk connecting to Portage Place, skywalk on west side of MTS Centre along Portage Avenue, and Portage Place windows above Staples.

“We want to build on the diverse outdoor gallery that is Portage Avenue,” says Stefano Grande, Downtown BIZ Executive Director. “Through innovative urban art, we are enhancing the image of our downtown for the thousands of people who come here every day.”

The six winning pieces were all submitted by Winnipeggers, who will each receive an honorarium of $1,000. Winners are (PLEASE CLICK TO SEE):

There were about 175 photo submissions in the competition last fall. The jury, made up of individuals from Winnipeg’s art community, selected nine winning entries for nine downtown sites. Six winners were unveiled on February 25, while the Downtown BIZ is seeking sponsors for the remaining three winning entries. The three remaining locations are all ground-level windows downtown.

Jurors Frances Cholakis, Larry Glassen and Mary Reid were impressed with the response and stated there were many great photos which made it difficult to select the winning entries. They judged the photos based on artistic merit, design strength, viewing the image both up close and far away, the fit for specific locations and with Portage, and cross-seasonal impact.

The 175 competition entries are on display in a Portage Place space (east skywalk) where the public can vote on their favourite for the People’s Choice Award. The award will be presented with the remaining three winners later this spring. A special, smaller window location will be selected for the People’s Choice photo, and there will be a draw for a supper out for two and the framed winning piece among all who enter their pick. You can also email your pick to

The total cost of the initiative is $20,000. The competition was run by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. Thank you to sponsors: Winnipeg Arts Council, Winnipeg Parking Authority and FWS Group of Companies. Special thanks to The Sign Source for printing and installing the pieces.

The Walkway Photographic Competition builds on the success of the Art on the Avenue sculpture program and is based on recommendations from the Portage Avenue Master Lighting Plan which the Downtown BIZ spearheaded. The Downtown BIZ’s Art on the Avenue and Young Artists on the Avenue programs have provided art to the city for the last 15 years.

The photographic competition continues the success of this urban art initiative, adding a new vibrant and exciting layer to the historic Portage Avenue.

For more information, please contact:
Doug Darling, Communications & Marketing Co-ordinator
Ph: (204) 958-4623   Cell: 292-8254