Natalie Baird


Natalie Baird is a visual artist and educator based in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory. Working in filmmaking, photography, and drawing processes, her work is centered on honoring moments of community and connection. She completed a bachelor of environmental science (2014) and a master of environment (2020) at the University of Manitoba, exploring the role of arts-based research methods for supporting rural and remote communities responding to environmental change. From 2017-2022 she developed photography and media art projects with land and cultural programs in Pangnirtung and Kinngait (Nunavut). These projects focused on community-led climate change resilience and adaptation, bringing together youth, Elders, artists, and scientists from Nunavut and southern Canada. These collaborations and projects contributed to permanent public artworks and exhibitions at the British Museum (London, UK), the Toronto Biennale (Toronto, ON), and the Kenojuak Cultural Centre (Kinngait, NU).

For ten years she has shared an artistic practice with Toby Gillies, rooted in exploration and experimentation in drawing, photography, and animation. Together they are drawn to social practice as a way to see people through their artwork, and the potential to magnify individual voices through collective works. Their projects strive to build reciprocal relationships with one another and the natural world through shared art experiences in diverse settings – be it on locked healthcare units, in city parks, or on the sea ice.

Contact: natalie.k.baird [at]