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GAC Programming

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

Art on the Street - June 20, 2020

Art on the Street will be held Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 10am to 5pm.

2020 Artist Applications will open January 23. Click here for guidelines and artist application.

Art on the Street is co-presented with Downtown Guelph Business Association and features contemporary fine art and craft. The juried event has grown since 2003 to become Guelph's largest outdoor exhibition and sale. Art on the Street spotlights talent within the regional arts community and offers a fresh-air art experience for Guelph’s residents and visitors. Each year, approximately 90 established and emerging artists showcase their works to several thousand visitors in temporary, open-air studios. Art on the Street is a free event which welcomes art lovers of all ages.

Artist Pictured: Eric Allen Montgomery

Culture Days

Culture Days - September 25-27, 2020

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. 

For more information on how to get involved visit: https://guelph.ca/living/arts-and-culture/special-projects/culturedays/

Photo Credits: Melissa Gobeil

Doors Open Guelph

Doors Open Guelph - Saturday, April 25, 2020

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. Watch for our sites announcement in January 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


Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours

For over 30 years, Guelph Arts Council has promoted the cultural heritage of Guelph by offering six different walking tours on selected Sundays from April to October (excluding July). The tours are a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to learn about Guelph’s history while taking in the beautiful architectural and natural features of the city. Available on each tour is a booklet of historical information and architectural drawings, which allows self-guided tours and makes a wonderful keepsake. 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.

2020 tours begin Sunday, April 26. Additional dates and times will be announced.

Tickets can be purchased from the Tour Guide, or in advance through GAC’s Events Calendar.

Interested in a private tour for your group? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

Sponsored by Sleeman Breweries and Downtown Guelph Business Association



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

Cultural Tours

Cultural Tours

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.  

For more information, please contact Sally Wismer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

View 2020 brochure

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The Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project

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 48 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.

Artists interested in the program are invited to contact Guelph Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

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