2021 City of Waterloo Artist in Residence invites the community to explore trails and community parks

Posted On Wednesday July 07, 2021

The City of Waterloo is pleased to announce Lucy Bilson as the 2021 Artist in Residence. Throughout the summer, Bilson will involve the community in a series of online and in-person engagements. These engagements will invite the community to participate in the creation of a collaborative art project that will be exhibited throughout September and October 2021 during the city’s Culture Days festivities.   

“Our city’s parks and trail networks offer places for celebration, gatherings, reflection, and play,” says Astero Kalogeropoulos, manager of arts & culture. “The 2021 Artist in Residence program encourages residents to take part in a conversation about what parks contribute to our community through this unique art project.”

From July to October, the community is invited to follow Bilson through Create Waterloo’s social media and YouTube channels as she provides weekly instruction and programming.    

Community submissions will be assembled into visual displays, banners, and installations that will showcase the talent and the resiliency of Waterloo as we all navigate the challenges of COVID- 19 pandemic isolation and recovery. The residency, which differs from previous years, invites people to participate from their homes by submitting their artwork submissions online. 

Participants of every level of artistic ability are encouraged to follow along, create their own submissions, and submit their creations.    

The Artist in Residence program is a result of the City of Waterloo Culture Plan. This program animates public spaces and explores community stories by providing opportunities for the public to work with local artists in the creation of a community art project.  

Bilson is a designer, researcher, and educator working at the periphery of contemporary graphic design practice. In addition to operating Lucy Bilson Design, Bilson’s creative practice explores the interdisciplinary space between design and art, often using her work to contest the boundaries of contemporary practice. 

For a full program schedule, visit waterloo.ca/artist-in-residence. 



Media contact:

Shelly Reed
Communications consultant
City of Waterloo