Artscape Daniels Launchpad + Artscape Atelier present…

Artists as City-Builders: Reflecting on the co-design residency at the Zibi development project in Ottawa-Gatineau

For 10 weeks, 7 artists gathered in a virtual space to co-design a series of public art works for Zibi – a 34-acre community development project on the border of Ottawa and Gatineau. Through immersing themselves in the history, politics, and future vision of the land, collaborating with the site’s Indigenous council, and co-designing with the Zibi team, a series of public art concepts were developed. This session will reflect on the co-design process between artists and urban developers, the role of the artist in shaping public space and cities, and the nature of the creative process in the digital realm.

You Will Learn

  • Co-design process between artists and urban developers

  • Artists role in shaping public space and cities

  • Learning’s from participating in a virtual artist residency

  • Insights on expanding your art practice into public art


Marisa Gallemit is an Ottawa-born visual artist and culture sponge. Informed by womanhood, motherhood, and Filipinx third culture shock, her practice spans sculpture, assemblage, site-specific installation, storytelling, and arts advocacy. Since first exhibiting work in 2009, Marisa has been active throughout Ottawa with performative works, design installations for music + art festivals and art-making workshops, has curated art programs for several Ottawa venues, and has produced a large-scale public art installation for the City of Mississauga. Through an on-going exploration of found objects and repurposed materials and a commitment to social practice by means of art programming in non-gallery spaces, Gallemit’s work leans deeply into Buckminster Fuller’s query:
“Now how do we make this spaceship work?”

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*The panel discussion will be in English.

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