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HATCH [pop-up art-space]



HATCH [pop-up art-space] 



Site #1 - 10 Carden Street 

Shannon Garden-Smith & Polina Teif
Sliding Door, 2016


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Guelph/Toronto based artist, Shannon Garden-Smith and Toronto based artist, Polina Teif began collaborating in 2009. Their work has been exhibited at Hanut 31 Theatre & Gallery (Tel Aviv), University of Toronto Mississauga, the Art Gallery of Ontario First Thursday’s, Mississauga Living Arts Centre, Gallery Stratford, Birch Contemporary, Art Metropole, Hart House, Art Museum at the University of Toronto and Nuit Blanche (Toronto).

Sliding Door is an installation of an ongoing photographic project by Polina Teif and Shannon Garden-Smith that returns images taken from storefronts back to the surface of the window. Comprised of a photograph digitally printed on adhesive vinyl, Sliding Door overlays the 10 Carden St. window with an image of a domestic sliding glass door.

Pasted on surfaces just before or around us—the store window, the condo development, the bus—commercial images are the landscapes we perambulate as inhabitants of the world’s cities. Polina Teif and Shannon Garden-Smith mobilize the cursory experience of these printed landscapes, re-presenting the superimposition of image on the corporeal world. Their photographic installations deal in the eccentricities and coincidences of the advertising image while concurrently invoking the interchangeability of our globalized world.

Teif and Garden-Smith photograph commercial images in compelling physical form using their phone cameras. Their work reframes the attendant slickness of the conventional commercial image as much as it parallels the amateurish strategies of many DIY storefront advertisements. The resulting images are documentarian and diaristic, operating in a universal prosaic lexicon.


Site #2 - St. George's Square Transit shelter

Carolyn Meili
Ever Black & White, 2016

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Ever Black & White is an installation of drawings with ties to the tradition of cut paper silhouettes, a practice that became popular in the 18th century and continues in the work of contemporary artists today.Thisseries of interlacing cutout black silhouette shapes by local artist Carolyn Meili, is based on children’s drawings and texts and plays with positive and negative space.

Carolyn Meili is a multi-media artist and arts administrator. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, garnering reviews in Canadian and American art magazines, and was highlighted on the front page of the National Post. Her practice includes drawing, sculpture, book arts, photography, performance, and installation. 


Site #3 - Old Quebec Street Mall - Unit T29
Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci




KIAM (Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci), studied and received their degree in Studio Art from the University of Guelph in 2010. After returning to Guelph after 2 years, they began to document the rapid changes our city is undergoing. 

As mixed media artists, they use a process which involves a photographic ink transfer using a gel medium, multiple layers of acrylic paints, sprays, with both artists working on one panel, sometimes at the same time. The result is a painting with two perspectives on one canvas that explore and document transitions in the urban environment.

KIAM will be exhibiting their ongoing series of work which documents the changes in Guelph's urban landscape.
The artists will post hours and be onsite throughout the exhibition to share their collaborative process with the community.


Wednesday and Friday (until show concludes May 14) 10-2pm
Saturday April 16th, 6-10pm
Saturday April 23rd, 10-2pm
Saturday May 7th, 10-2pm


Round 3 Call for Proposals is now closed. To view the Round 3 Application form please click here: https://form.jotform.com/60545643727965



Creative Space

HATCH [pop-up art-space] is a project that will address the long asserted need for the development of more community arts space in Guelph. 
Affordable and accessible creative space in downtown Guelph is increasingly difficult to access. Through HATCH, artists will be awarded space and paid artist fees for installing art projects in highly visible downtown locations. 


HATCH [pop-up art-space]

HATCH is a pilot project that will run from July 2015 - Spring 2016. In the first two rounds GAC was pleased to provide eight projects with free access to art-space in under-utilized and transitioning spaces in downtown Guelph. Five different properties were donated to the HATCH for emerging, visiting and established artists to present their works for approximately one month each. The next round of HATCH will be installed in the spring of 2016 and artists should expect to see a call for entry circulated in the month of February, 2016. 



In partnership with City of Guelph, Downtown Renewal and Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA), Guelph Arts Council has been working with property owners and developers who are donating vacant and under-utilized spaces that will be awarded to selected artists for temporary installations, artist studios, window exhibitions and retail art projects. HATCH [pop-up art-space] provides an opportunity for local property owners and the arts community to work together to bring new vitality to Guelph's urban streetscape.

HATCH [pop-up art-space], would not be possible without the generous support of Guelph Community Foundation - Musagetes Fund, as well as City of Guelph, and 10 Carden through the Guelph Elevator Project.



HATCH [pop-up art-space] ARCHIVE


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Korey Steckle, Connect the Disconnected, 2015             Robin Lynch, Neuron Forest, 2015
Photo: Melissa Gobeil                                                     Photo: Melissa Gobeil


 steph yates

Steph Yates, Museum of Subliminal Objects, 2015         
*Museum of Subliminal Objects will be showing at Fine & Dandy  in Toronto during the month of October, 2015*

Greg Denton  

2015 City of Guelph Artist in Residence, Greg Denton
100 Poppies/100 Portraits, 2015
Photo: Greg Denton




Adrienne Spiers, Fallen Chandeliers, 2015


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Devon Kerslake, 




John Steinberg 
Lost Ship, 2015


Sandy Clipsham, Elia Morrison, Nick Craine, Dawn Matheson, and Jay Wilson

Hidden Histories 2015, presented by Guelph Film Festival


Click here to download PDF version of the October 7th Media Release

Click here to download PDF version of the September 10th Media Release

Click here to download PDF version of the August 17th, Media Release

Click here to download PDF version of the June 26th, Media Release


Interested volunteers, property owners, and artists can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about how to get involved.

HATCH [pop-up art-space] is brought to you by Guelph Arts Council in partnership with . . . 


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