Artishow Victoria was launched in November 2010 with the Empress Hotel hosting a well-known portrait artist as the first Artist in Residence. Studio and gallery space were dedicated within the hotel allowing guests and visitors to interact with the artist and experience the artistic process. Eight well-known local artists followed in succession. The program was later expanded to Sunday plein air painting on the hotel grounds.
Since then several other Victoria area hotels have participated in the program. For the last few years Artishow Victoria came under the direction of the Victoria Arts Council, however as of 2020, they have relinquished the administration to new leadership.
To make fine art available to everyone in accessible venues.