2016 City of Guelph Artist in Residence Program

Artist in Residence - Lisa Hirmer

In a public call for entry, artists were invited to submit proposals that considered the role of art in urban placemaking through a lens of curiosity, playfulness and originality. Following review of 12 submissions, the City’s Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee unanimously recommended awarding the residency to Lisa Hirmer. Her proposal, entitled, ‘Weather Watcher,’ sought to capture artistic, poetic, and systematic recordings of the weather.

Using the vehicle of everyday banal conversations about the weather, Hirmer aimed to engage the public in gaining deeper insight into our understanding and beliefs about the impact that weather and its changing patterns have on the lives of those who live, work and play in our city.

Over the course of the residency, Hirmer designed, constructed and installed a weather registering structure in Market Square. She also created a mobile unit that accompanied her as she moved to various locations outside. While engaging with the public, Hirmer created artistic works that recorded and documented the changing weather in the moment and the public’s interaction with it.

For the duration of the project, Hirmer’s artistic work was shaped into a public exhibition at City Hall.

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About the Artist

Lisa Hirmer is a Guelph-based inter-disciplinary artist whose work combines visual art, design, social practice, performance, and art-based forms of critical research. She is the director of DodoLab, an experimental project-based practice focused on exploring and responding to the complicated reality of public opinion. Holding a master’s degree from The School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, her work has been shown across North America, Europe, Australia and the UK. Locally, Lisa has created projects with The Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of Guelph, the Musagetes Foundation, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.

General information

The City of Guelph Artist in Residence Program is an initiative of the City’s department of Culture, Tourism and Community Investment. Introduced in 2014, this program embeds artists in a variety of public spaces. Aligned with the City’s strategic City Building objective to strengthen citizen and stakeholder engagement, the annual program invites artists to engage the public in creative experiences that contribute to the vitality of the community.

Program goals

  • To animate public space through creativity
  • To enhance community vitality through access to and participation in cultural programming
  • To provide opportunities for artists to engage with the public and showcase their creative practices
  • To broaden the community experience of the arts by integrating cultural programming within a variety of public spaces
  • To contribute to placemaking and civic pride

For more information

Jen Rafter, Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Public Services
519-822-1260 extension 2629