Urban Design Roster Program

This program offers artists and designers an opportunity to be involved in civic urban design and small-scale artwork related to city infrastructure. The Urban Design Roster is a list of artists who wish to be contacted to work with the City’s Public Art team and other City departments such as Traffic/Transportation, Engineering and Public Works. Projects are activated on an ongoing basis, in relation to opportunities arising from infrastructure renewals, upgrades and maintenance.

Urban Design Roster Artists and Designers 2021-2023


     Sebastian Abboud
     Ross Agro
     Ay Lelum
     Hugo Bedard
     Patrick Belanger
     Noel Brown
     Mauro Dalla Costa
     Erin Gibbs
     Heiltsuk Warrior 
     Humanity In Art
     Roz MacLean
     Sarita Mielke
     Robert Plante
     Amy Pye
EmilyThiessen2     Emily Thiessen
     Becky Thiessen
     Curtis Van Charles Sorensen
     Brandon Stephenson
     Webb Creative



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2022 Projects

Hidden Messages

Active Transportation and Culture have partnered on
Hidden Messages, a new project to bring poetry to city paths, trails and walkways. This project pairs design studio Webb Creative with Nanaimo’s Poet Laureate, Kamal Parmar, to create disappearing poems spread across the City at ten locations:

McGirr Sports Field Trail 
E&N Trail at Northfield Road
Haliburton Multi-use Path
Colliery Dam
Bowen Park Trailway
Queen Elizabeth Promenade
Departure Bay Walkway
Walley Creek Trail
Front Street
Metral Drive at Mostar Road

Activated by water, the poems reveal themselves on rainy days, encouraging folks to get out and explore the City's growing network for cyclists and pedestrians in all kinds of weather.  If sunny days keep the words hidden, use your mobile device to listen to an audio clip of the poem using the accompanying QR code link, read aloud by the Poet Laureate!


A new mural for the washrooms at Maffeo Sutton Park / Swy-a-Lana. This new surface treatment to cover the walls of the washroom block in Maffeo Sutton Park is painted by Curtis Van Charles Sorenson.  The four sides of the building are a series of local coastal landscapes and animals, inspired by the wild parks and natural settings of Nanaimo. The fields, lands, animals and plant life are translated through a stylized palette combined with corner break-out sections of black and white graphic elements.   

Poems for Windows

For this yearlong series of poetry posters, the Poet Laureate asked for contributions by local community members and the public. A mixture of poems are created and then designs for the posters made by design roster participant Webb Creative. This short term project responded to the conditions of COVID-19 to ensure there would be safe opportunities for the community to connect with poetry as a creative outlet. Poems are presented in civic facilities and shop windows around town. 

Utility Bin Covers 

Design by Emily Thiessen 

Design by Robert Plante

2021 Projects

Joel Good, Harewood Skatepark Job Bin Wrap, 2021
Joel Good, Eagle and fish design at Harewood Youth Park, 2021
Noel Brown, Eagle and Frog at Maffeo Sutton Park, 2021
Noel Brown, Eagle and Frog in Maffeo Sutton Park, 2021
Sebastian Abboud, Utility wrap on Skinner Street, 2021
Sebastian Abboud, Utility wrap on Skinner Street, 2021

Last updated: June 27, 2022

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