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 2024-2026

Call to Artists & Designers now closed.  Thank you for your interest! 

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
Emily Thiessen
Becky Thiessen
Curtis Van Charles Sorensen
Brandon Stephenson
Webb Creative




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2023 Projects

Manhole Covers

Designs by Ay Lelum


Utility Bin Covers

Design by Emily Thiessen

Design by Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun

2022 Projects

Zero Waste

Design by WILD FREE Creative

Zero Waste and Culture collaborated on an initiative that engaged the objectives of a Zero Waste to encourage Nanaimo’s community to reduce waste and improve recycling efforts. Designed by WILD/FREE Creative, the designs were installed on Recycling vehicles, in addition to the creation of a colouring book aimed at youth. 

Hidden Messages

Active Transportation and Culture partnered on
Hidden Messages, an innovative project that brought poetry to city paths, trails and walkways. This project paired 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 revealed 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 kept the words hidden, trail users could use their mobile devices 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 was 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, Poet Laureate, Kamal Parmar, asked for contributions by local community members and the public. A mixture of poems were 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 were presented in civic facilities and shop windows around town. 

Utility Bin Covers 

Design by Emily Thiessen 

Design by Robert Plante

Design by Amy Pye

2021 Projects

Seasonal Greeting Card

Design by WILD/FREE Creative

Design by Erin Gibbs

Utility Bin Covers

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: November 14, 2023

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