Guelph Arts Council champions and grows opportunities for Guelph’s creative community through communications, resources for learning, and cultural programs and partnerships. Our public programs create opportunities for Guelph’s artists, residents, and visitors to learn, create, engage, and be inspired.
Art on the Street will be held Saturday, June 22 , 2019 from 10am to 5pm.
2019 Artist Applications are now open. Click here for guidelines and artist application.
Artist Pictured: Eric Allen-Montgomery
Culture Days is an annual three-day national celebration in which hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free, interactive and “behind the scenes” activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion. In 2016, Guelph’s Culture Days made the list of Top 10 Cities & Towns for its population size. Culture Days takes place September 28-30, 2019.
Activity organizers should register by noon on September 7 to be included in this year's guide, produced by the City of Guelph.
Photo Credits: Melissa Gobeil
|Doors Open Guelph is a day-long celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and artistically or architecturally relevant sites. Presented annually by GAC since 2002, the program showcases and celebrates Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our great resources, businesses, and creative spaces. Doors Open Guelph has the distinction of being the annual kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario. See more details on our Doors Open Guelph page https://guelpharts.ca/gac-programming/doors-open-guelph#thisyearsevent |
No registration is required and it's free!
Photo Credits: Vanessa Tignanelli
|Downloadable booklets are also available.|
Tours and booklets are $5 each. Booklets are also available at Guelph Arts Council, The Bookshelf, and Guelph Civic Museum.
For 2019 dates, times, and tour descriptions, please view our PDF Brochure.
|Guelph Arts Council offers workshops on a variety of topics, and networking opportunities for Guelph’s creative community. Check Eventbrite and Facebook to see most up to date workshops https://www.facebook.com/pg/GuelphArtsCouncil/events/ Be sure to subscribe to our e-news list and social media channels so you'll hear about what's happening right away.|
Photo Credits: Melissa Gobeil
For the past 20+ years, Guelph Arts Council has offered an amazing annual overseas spring arts and cultural tour for members and friends. Past destinations have included a wide range of countries and regions mainly in Europe (France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Hungary and Romania, Poland and the Baltic States, Croatia and Slovenia) but also North Africa (Tunisia) and Asia (Turkey). Highlights of these tours include intriguing history, wonderful art and architecture, great food and drink including specialties of the region, excellent first-class hotels, and some wonderful stories offered by longtime tour guide, historian, lecturer, author, Jacques Pauwels, PhD, of Pauwels Travel in Brantford. For 2020, the 22nd offering will be Central Europe from the Carpathians to the Danube, a leisurely 14-day circular tour exploring Southern Poland, the Moravian region of the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Dates are April 14 to 27, 2020.
The Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project (GEAMP) is a partnership of Guelph Arts Council (GAC) and the University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM) that supports emerging artists in the critical transition to professional life.
Through the project, emerging musicians, visual artists, and cultural managers work with established-artist mentors to develop the professional networks and business and management skills needed for creative careers in Guelph. The collaboration has provided emerging artists, musicians, and cultural managers with valuable opportunities to work creatively with each other and with established arts professionals, as well as promote their work and gain experience in curation, social media, marketing/publicity, graphic design, and more.
Participants in the project include SOFAM fourth-year students and recent grads, as well as other emerging Guelph-Wellington artists. They have a discipline focus in visual or media arts, music, or cultural management.
In 2017 the project was launched with support from Ontario150 Partnership Project, and has continued with RBC support. In each round, the emerging artists’ experience culminates in a group exhibition of their work that they plan, promote, and install with support from their mentors. Since 2017 the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project has paired 42 emerging musicians, visual artists, and cultural managers with established-artist mentors.
GAC and SOFAM are grateful for project support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established.