Introducing Jaspal Birdi, WAAC’s artist-in-residence from September 2021 to September 2022. 

Jaspal is an artist who blends the boundaries between photography and painting through experimentation with contemporary technologies—a process she refined while researching in Italy 2017-2020. Jaspal holds degrees in Fine Arts (BFA), Arts Management (MA), and a Specialization in Curating Contemporary Art. She possesses diverse knowledge and international experiences in the field of Art, Theatre, Design, History, and Business. All of which will allow her to mentor and engage diverse members and the public community with thoughtful lectures, workshops, and advice. At WAAC and in her own words: “Provided a studio space at WAAC, I will create a series of new works which continue a dialogue I began painting in 2017. Some of these oil paintings will be exhibited in Milan, Italy in 2021/22. In an effort to grow my artistic career in Canada, I plan to reach out to local galleries, curators, and critics for constructive studio visits.”

CLICK HERE for Jaspal’s website

Most recently awarded The RBC Emerging Artist Residency at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, her works can be seen on display this winter once provincial closures are lifted. To meet Jaspal (on Facebook), here is a link to the Robert McLaughlin Gallery where she speaks about works completed during her residency:


Can I Play Outside? by Jaspal Birdi

at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery

Exhibition: December 18, 2020 – September 5, 2021

Jaspal Birdi is a Canadian artist who combines photography and painting by experimenting with contemporary technologies. Born in Toronto, Canada 1988, Birdi completed her BFA in drawing and painting from OCAD University 2010, a Masters in Arts Management from Istituto Europeo di Design 2013, and a Specialization in Curating Contemporary Art from Venice School of Curatorial Studies 2016. She is the recipient of the Arte Laguna Solo Exhibition Prize in 2013, as well as the 2017/18 Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa Artist Residency Fellowship, during which she also received the BLM Stonefly Art Award. In 2017 Birdi co-curated the exhibition “Command-Alternative-Escape” for the opening week of the Venice International Art Biennale. During the 2018 Berlin Art Week, her works were presented in “Transferred Recall,” a curated solo exhibition. Currently, Birdi is a 2020 Visual Arts Fellow for the Fondazione Culturale SanFedele Art Prize.

CLICK HERE for more information about Jaspal’s current exhibition at the RMG