Kitchener’s 2017 artist in residence unveils final exhibit

Posted On Wednesday December 06, 2017

Kitchener, ON - After eight months, ten events, and 244 community-made mosaics, Kitchener’s 2017 Artist in Residence, Julie Sperling, has completed her residency project, “Climate in Pieces: From Art to Action.” View the large mosaic representing the community’s commitment to take action on climate change at an open house on Friday, December 8 from 6-8 p.m. in the Berlin Tower ARTSPACE at Kitchener City Hall. The exhibit will run from December 2 to January 12 and is open to the public.

“It’s been a fantastic experience being the artist in residence, and the community’s enthusiasm and creativity was very encouraging,” says Sperling. “What’s great about this project is that it contributes to an ongoing conversation about climate change. Every time people interact with the mosaic—whether it’s by attending the events over the summer, creating their own mosaic, or coming to see it on display—it reinforces the message and reminds them of their commitment.”

The final exhibit represents the community’s collective effort to act on climate change in four areas: energy, transportation, food, and natural stormwater management. Sperling made one mosaic about each theme, and then also engaged the community in an open dialogue about climate change, inviting residents to make small mosaics symbolizing one action they were committing to take. These small mosaics have now been assembled into a large triptych on display as part of the exhibit.  

“Art can be a powerful way to have conversations about climate change because it connects with people on a personal level. We know that it’s these one-on-one conversations about climate change that actually work far better than bombarding people with facts,” states Sperling. “In this exhibition, it’s not just me as an artist connecting with people and having that conversation, but also all the participants who contributed small mosaics. When you think about it like that, it’s like hundreds of mini-dialogues happening at the same time, each one nudging this important conversation forward.”

Sperling is a mosaicist working at the intersection of art, environment, science, and policy.

For more information on the project visit Julie’s blog:

Who: Julie Sperling, 2017 artist in residence
What: Final exhibit, “Climate in Pieces: From Art to Action”
Where: Berlin Tower ARTSPACE, Kitchener City Hall
When: Open house on Friday, December 8, 6-8 p.m. (exhibit runs from December 2 to January 12)

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