The City of Victoria has selected Dylan Thomas (Qwul’thilum) as the newest Indigenous Artist in Residence.
Dylan is taking on this role for a two-year term with the goal to engage the community in dialogue, workshops and events. He is very excited for the opportunity, saying “I hope to use my experience as a Salish artist, my experience as an Indigenous person, and my experience as a lifelong resident of Victoria to create work that meaningfully honours the local Indigenous people – past, present, and future”.
Previously, Dylan has received two public art commissions from the City of Victoria; one was part of the Sacred display at City Hall, and earlier this year he won the summer banners program. The latter featuring his art on banners throughout the downtown core during the summer months.
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps congratulated Dylan, saying “On behalf of council, I would like to congratulate Dylan Thomas. The Indigenous Artist in Residence program is an important part of the City’s reconciliation and decolonization work as we bring Indigenous ways of thinking and knowing into an established institution like the City. We look forward to the exciting initiatives Dylan will undertake in this role.”