Artist-in-Residence (AIR)

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2017 AIR Announcement

Heather Vollans headshotHeather Vollans of Brantford, Ontario was born and educated in Australia.  In young adulthood, work and travel took her to Europe and the Middle East where she had the opportunity to experience and learn in a variety of art and craft mediums. Since arriving to Canada in 1998, Heather's art focus has been mixed media mosaics, which is a passion she's been sharing with communities by exhibiting, teaching and heading community projects.

Prior to her arrival in Canada, Heather has had involvement with the following mediums: acrylic and oil painting, paper crafts such as collage, decoupage and paper mache sculpture, furniture restoration, patchwork quilting. The summation of those experiences, taking bits and pieces of one medium and combining them with others led her to develop her craft and drive towards mixed media mosaic. Currently, Heather has ventured into using larger and heavier materials like slumped glass, tire rubber, concrete, bricks and metals - and still uses the more expected materials like ceramics and stained glass. Working with such diversely tactile and contrasting materials and discovering how they compliment or oppose one another is of great appeal.

Exhibiting: Her work has been on display at the Butter Gallery in Collingwood and McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton and she has participated in juried showings at the Glenhyrst Gallery, Brantford and the Norfolk Art Centre, Simcoe. In March 2017, the Yellow Brick Wall Gallery at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford will host her solo show.

Teaching: Overseas teaching engagements have taken place in Mexico and Australia at the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand as well as in Ireland earlier this year as part of an art residency at the Olive Stack Gallery, Listowel, County Kerry.

Community Projects: She has collaborated on a number of large-scale school and community projects including the Children's Memorial in St. Andrew's Park, Brantford.


Learn more about Heather Vollans and her art form by reaching out.

Phone: 905-667-4271


History Behind AIR

The Ayr branch has launched its annual Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program! This initiative encourages the residents of North Dumfries Township, and the greater Waterloo Region, to enjoy art and culture.

The artist-in-residence connects residents to the local artistic community by engaging them in workshops, cultural displays, exhibitions and performances.

Professional artists from all disciplines submitt applications during the summer and a jury makes the final selection. The selected artist works out of the Ayr branch providing programs from January to June.

The Region of Waterloo Library's first AIR was announced at the Ayr branch's Holiday Open House on Dec. 1, 2015.

For more information, contact the Ayr branch at 519-632-7298 or

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