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Cultural Nodes, Artist-in-Residence

The City of Burlington public art program is pleased to launch a new artist-in-residence project.   Working with Arts and Culture staff, artist Lisa Hirmer will conduct a 6-month,  non live-in residency to research the establishment of ‘cultural nodes’ in Burlington. In addition to attending planning meetings and consulting with key stakeholders, the selected artist will create temporary public art interventions to engage and interact with the community.

Project Goals

  • The integration of an artist’s perspective into planning cultural nodes
  • Create opportunities for street-level cultural engagement through unique public engagement activities and temporary public art installations
  • Make recommendations on ways to link identified cultural nodes
  • Make recommendations for a future permanent public art installation related to cultural nodes

About Lisa Hirmer

Lisa Hirmer is an interdisciplinary artist who has created publicly engaged projects across the world and has worked with University of Lethbridge Gallery, Peninsula Arts (U.K.), Flux Factory (USA), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Nuit Blanche (Toronto), CAFKA (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Doris McCarthy Gallery (Toronto) amongst many others.

Cultural Nodes Events

Art, The City + You – June 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.






Art, the City + You is a one day pop-up art project that asks Burlington residents to re-imagine the park as a place of art and creativity in the city. Children and adults can join the play-space and add to a collaborative structure that will grow throughout the day.

This is the third and final piece of the Cultural Nodes series produced by artist Lisa Hirmer. Cultural Nodes are areas within the city where residents can experience and share culture.

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017*

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Spencer Smith Park, near the playground equipment

*Rain date will be Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Lost in Books – March 25, 10 am – 4 pm

On March 25, 2017, the City of Burlington’s public art program is inviting residents to “get lost in books” at Burlington Public Library – Central Branch. This is the second phase of a six-month research project by artist Lisa Hirmer into Burlington’s ‘cultural nodes’. Cultural nodes are areas within the city where residents can experience and share culture.

The Lost in Books event will feature five art exhibits created by local artists: Janet Horne Cozens, Donna Grandin, Vanessa Cress Lokos, George Paisiovich and Sylvie Treu Walsh. The temporary art installations will be scattered throughout the library for visitors to explore and discover. Inspired by the location, the projects are based on ideas about books, reading and the library.

Public Art Lab (Free Workshop) – March 11 & 12


Calling all Burlington visual artists, sculptors, designers, performers, filmmakers, sound artists and makers of all kinds! Are you interested in making temporary art projects but don’t know how to get started? Do you have an idea for an installation or performance you want to try?

Join artist Lisa Hirmer for a pop-up public art lab at Burlington Public Library – Central Branch. On March 11th and 12th, artists will learn about making temporary public art in an interactive workshop. Over this two-day workshop, artists will have the opportunity to create and develop an artwork concept among other artists.

We will then have the opportunity to test some of those ideas during a mini-event on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Micro-grants of up to $300 for materials will be available to help with the creation of those projects!  Register by March 8th.  Registration and more information can be found HERE.

Burlington Tea! February 25, 26 & March 1







This project will invite participants to warm up while they share their experiences of the city. Residents will be tasked with designing a tea flavour that reflects their experience of their neighbourhood. Participants will then get to enjoy a cup of the tea they designed.

This event is free and you do not need to register in advance!  Please join us at the following locations:

Feb. 25, 2017
10 a.m. to noon         Haber Recreation Centre and Norton Park
2 to 4 p.m.                  Brant Hills Community Centre and Park

Feb. 26, 2017
10 a.m. to noon         Tansley Woods Community Centre and Park
2 to 4 p.m.                  Lowville Park

March 1, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Civic Square, Burlington City Hall

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