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Arts & Culture

Artist in Residence

Isabelle Ackroyd is our 2021 Children's Illustrator in Residence.

Bringing art into the Library.

Central Library's Artist in Residence programs are three-month, paid community engagement residencies that support individual artists, arts organizations, and collectives working in Indigenous art and place making, children's art and illustration, or the newcomer experience.

The resident is invited to work in a designated space at Central Library and engage with the public at libraries across the city. Artists are selected in partnership with arts and culture organizations.

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Isabelle Ackroyd

2021 Children's Illustrator in Residence

Isabelle Ackroyd is a Calgary-based story artist and character designer. She graduated with distinction from the Alberta University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Design and a Minor in Animation. Isabelle is primarily focused on visual storytelling for children through storyboards, illustration, and more recently, comics. 


Book a virtual one-on-one consultation

The Children's Illustrator in Residence is pleased to consult with emerging and established artists of all ages to discuss technique, inspirations, style, or whatever aspect of the art world would be most helpful.

Isabelle is available for one-on one virtual consultations weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm.

Book your one-on-one consultation 

Online programs with the Children's Illustrator in Residence

Attend online programs with Isabelle Ackroyd during her residency. Join her as she discusses her artistic influences, character creation process, comic book design, and more.

Register for free programs

Recommended reads from the Children's Illustrator in Residence

From classic art to manga and the animation work of Disney, these titles have inspired Isabelle Ackroyd on her artist's journey.

See the list