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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 23, 2018

Art on the Street will be held Saturday, June 23 , 2018 from 10am to 5pm.

2018 Artist Applications are now open. 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 100 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 28-30, 2018

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. In 2017, Culture Days takes place September 29, 30 and October 1.

For more information on how to get involved visit: http://on.culturedays.ca/en

Photo Credits: Melissa Gobeil

Doors Open Guelph

Doors Open Guelph - Saturday, April 21, 2018

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.

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.

For 2018 dates, times, and tour descriptions, please view our PDF Brochure.

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

Sponsored by Sleeman Breweries

Wall of Art

Wall of Art

Guelph Arts Council, the Guelph Civic Museum, and the City of Guelph present the Wall of Art exhibition series. This series showcases the breadth of Guelph’s talent and provides artists with an opportunity to share their work with a larger audience.

View upcoming calls and themes here https://www.guelpharts.ca/calls-to-artists#WOA

Artist Credits from closest to furthest.

  1. Joseph Kratochvil "Milk river park, Alberta" (oil, 36"x24")
  2. Susan Bronya Mason "Spring Storm over forest, farmland and marshland in The Berkshire Hills" (Pastel, 24"x24")
  3. Karin Silverstone "Dusk" (Acrylic, Mixed Media, 2 x 24"x24")
  4. Heather Nagel "Georgian Bay" (Fibre, 8"x10")
  5. Maggie Leighton "Mustang Drive" (Photograph)
  6. Barbara Shaw "Harvest Moonlight on the River" (acrylic on panel, 48"x36")



Guelph Arts Council offers workshops on a variety of topics, and networking opportunities for Guelph’s creative community. 2016 workshops included Help! “My Art is Awesome but my Application is Not” Day, Be Well Be Inspired, and Marketing for the Creative Economy. 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

Adriatica, the 20th annual tour, is scheduled for April 5 to 18, 2018 and will be focussing on three countries that converge on the northern shores of the Adriatic Sea: Croatia with its beautiful Dalmatian coast and Plitvice Lakes National Park; Slovenia, featuring superb Alpine scenery; and the most easterly portion of Italy, including the historic seaport of Trieste, the off-the-beaten-path province of Friuli, and the ruins of the metropolis of Aquileia, the terminus of Antiquity’s legendary Amber Road. The 2018 tour will once again combine wonderful scenery with plenty of history and culture, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, plus excellent hotels and fine food and wines. And last, but not least, our leader will be the indomitable Jacques Pauwels, who will open our eyes and bring to life the sometimes tragic but rich and exciting history of this less-well-known part of Europe.

For more details, a day-by-day itinerary (including terms and conditions as well as reservation form) is available by request. Please note that this year the cost figure includes all taxes and surcharges so no surprises when the final bill arrives.

Early registration is strongly recommended. The 2017 GAC trip to northwestern Italy sold out within days, well before the end of June. To date, we have already received more than twenty inquiries and expressions of interest about the 2018 tour so, if you are interested, please don’t delay. Only thirty reservations will be accepted. See attached reservation form which must be completed and submitted along with deposit and passport copy in order to reserve space on this tour.

For more information or to register, please contact Sally Wismer at 519-824-8131 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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