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GAC Programming

Guelph Arts Council hosts and partners on a variety of events, programs and workshops to help champion arts and culture in our community. Some are for artists and arts organizations, some are for anyone from the general public. We hope you'll find something for you!


Art on the Street

Art on the Street

2016 Applications are now closed.


Guelph Arts Council and the Downtown Guelph Business Association continue to jointly host Art on the Street, our highly regarded exhibition and sale that has become a staple event in which established and emerging artists present their work directly to the public. Spotlighting multi-disciplinary talent within the local arts community, the event has grown in both caliber of artist and scale of event since its inception in 2003, and welcomes several thousand visitors each year. For the 13th year in a row, artists will showcase their works in temporary, open-air studios along Quebec Street on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Art on the Street is a juried show and open applications are typically posted in January/February with selections made in April/May.

View 2016 Brochure and Map

2016 Promo Material for Participating Artists

2016 Artist Lineup

Artist Pictured: Eric Allen-Montgomery

Cultural Connections Conference

Cultural Connections Conference

First presented in April 2013, the Cultural Connections Conference is a joint presentation of the City of Guelph and Guelph Arts Council. Featuring a cross-section of arts and culture professionals, the inaugural conference examined state-of-the-art tools and platforms available to cultural organizations and individuals for connecting with new audiences, funders, and collaborators. The next conference will be held in fall of 2014 and will present a series of workshops around capacity building for arts organizations and professional artists in the community. For updates on the Cultural Connections Conference, subscribe to our eNews and check our events calendar for date confirmation coming soon.

Photo credit: City of Guelph

Culture Days

Culture Days

Culture Days is a grassroots, collaborative movement that invites everyone across the country to participate in or host free events that celebrate culture. Last year marked the 5th year of Culture Days Ontario and organizers are thrilled to have topped the 1500 cultural activities that were presented by culture makers across Ontario in 2013. Last year, Culture Days took place on September 25, 26 and 27, 2015. For more information on how to get involved visit: http://on.culturedays.ca/en

Photo Credits: Melissa Gobeil

Doors Open Guelph

Doors Open Guelph

On April 23th, 2016, we invite you to step inside some of Guelph's finest heritage buildings, unique sites and cultural spaces, many of which are not normally open to the public. On this day, owners and managers of variety of buildings generously "open their doors" for guided tours and walk-throughs. No registration is required and it's free! A great way to see some of those hidden gems in our community.

For 2016 sites and volunteer information, please see www.guelpharts.ca/doors-open-guelph


Photo Credits: Vanessa Tignanelli

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HATCH [pop-up-art-space]

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] 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 awared free space, paid artist fees for projects in highly visible downtown locations. HATCH is a pilot project and has been extended to spring 2016.



Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tours



For over thirty 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 tourists and locals alike 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 serves as a wonderful keepsake.
Start time: 2 p.m.
Start location: see tour descriptions
Tour duration: 2 hrs
Weather: rain or shine
Cost: $5/person in cash to the guide (exact change appreciated)
Booklets: $5/booklet, available for purchase from guide
April 24, May 29, August 7, and September 11, 2016
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Leaves from Juice Inc, 25 Waterloo Ave, corner of Dublin Street
This tour encircles the original Market Square area of almost twenty-four acres laid out by John Galt in 1827. Serving as the focal point for Guelph's early social and business life, the area also contains the sites of many of Guelph's first buildings.
May 1, August 14, and September 4, 2016
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Leaves from Juice Inc, 25 Waterloo Ave, corner of Dublin Street
The present downtown centre of Guelph, with its wide main street, provides a compact walking tour, which includes many buildings and sites of considerable historical and architectural interest.
May 8, June 5, August 21, and September 18, 2016
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Leaves from Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk Street
Participants will explore the slopes of the Speed River between Norwich and Macdonell Streets, where many of Guelph's largest and most distinguished historic homes are located.
May 15(lower), June 12 (upper), August 28 (lower) and September 25, 2016 (upper)
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Lower tour leaves from Juice Inc, 25 Waterloo Ave, corner of Dublin Street
Upper tour leaves from Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk Street
Visitors will get a glimpse of the Victorian era in Guelph. Covering the area west of Norfolk Street, between Essex Street and London Road, the tour includes several historic stone churches and many historic homes representing a variety of architectural styles.
June 19 and October 2, 2016
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Leaves from McCrae House, 108 Water Street 
Participants will be taken to the south side of the Speed River to explore one of Guelph's early industrial sections, formerly known as Brooklyn, as well as the College Hill area that developed around the Ontario Agricultural College. The tour includes some of the city's best examples of masonry and stone carving.
May 22, June 26 and October 9, 2016
Tour starts at 2 p.m.
Leaves from Tytler School, 131 Ontario Street, Toronto Street entrance (off York Road near York Road park)
This tour of the area southeast of the downtown, between the Speed and Eramosa Rivers, reveals the rich variety of historic architecture and the diversity of peoples who formed Guelph. Particular attention is devoted to residential/industrial proximity and the city's early Italian community.

Wall of Art

Wall of Art

Starting in January 2014, Guelph Arts Council, the Guelph Civic Museum and the City of Guelph are pleased to introduce the "Wall of Art" exhibition series. This exciting new series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. The first two installments were "Space and Place" and "Childhood Reverie".

View upcoming calls and themes here http://www.guelpharts.ca/calls-for-submissions#wallofartseries


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. Past workshops have included Social Media Support, Photographing Your Work Effectively, Tour Grants and Artist Taxes 101. Check the Events Calendar for upcoming workshops and be sure to be on our email list so you'll hear about what's happening right away.

Register for April 9, 2016 workshop: Be Well, Be Inspired - a wellness workshop for creatives. Thanks to our sponsors and collaborators, the Wellness Collaborative http://www.guelpharts.ca/guelph-arts-council-presents-be-well-be-inspired-a-wellness-workshop-for-creatives

Photo Credits: Melissa Gobeil

Cultural Tours

Cultural Tours


Fallingwater and Other Treasures by Frank Lloyd Wright

In partnership with Noecker Travel, Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce Fallingwater and Other Treasures by Frank Lloyd Wright, an autumn tour of architectural sites in New York and Pennsylvania. The tour is all-inclusive by luxury motor coach from Guelph, and runs October 13 to 15, 2016. Participants will be escorted by Sharyn Seibert, noted Guelph artist and art educator, and Brian Lauder, a long-time architecture and Wright enthusiast. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Guelph Arts Council.

Tour Arrangements:

Noecker Travel Ltd., 123 Metcalfe St. N.
Elora, Ontario N0B 1S0
Phone 519-846-5307 Fax 519-846-2553
TICO 1903157
All cheques are payable to Noecker Travel Ltd.

Noecker Travel offers and strongly suggests the purchase of cancellation and out of country travel insurance.

View Brochure pdf


Italy between the Alps and the Mediterranean

For the past 18 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) 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. For 2017, the 19th annual tour will be Italy between the Alps and the Mediterranean, a leisurely 14-day exploration of three north Italian provinces, including the three capitals of Turin, Genoa and Milan. Dates are March 23 to April 5, 2017. Early registration (i.e July 2016) is encouraged as GAC tours usually sell out before the end of the previous summer, and already (June 2016) there has been considerable interest in the 2017 itinerary.

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

View 2017 brochure

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