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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

2017 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

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 22, 2017

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

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HATCH [pop-up-art-space]

Guelph Arts Council works with property owners to make vacant or under-utilized space available to artists for temporary installations, exhibitions, studios, or retail space. Based on the intensive HATCH project delivered in 2015 – 2016, the program provides space and paid opportunities for artists, and brings new vitality to Guelph’s urban streetscape. Interested property owners are invited to contact Patti Broughton at 519-836-3280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.

Tours and booklets are $5 each. Booklets are also available at Guelph Arts Council and The Bookshelf.

For 2017 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

Two annual cultural tours educate and inspire art lovers, and support Guelph Arts Council programs and services.

Italy between the Alps and the Mediterranean

For the past 18 years, Guelph Arts Council has offered an annual overseas spring arts and cultural tour. Past destinations have included a wide range of countries and regions mainly in Europe but also in North Africa and Asia. Highlights of these tours include history, art and architecture, food and drink including specialties of the region, first-class hotels, and wonderful stories offered by longtime tour guide, historian, lecturer, and author, Jacques Pauwels. This year’s tour is a leisurely 14-day exploration of three north Italian provinces, including the cities of Turin, Genoa and Milan. Dates are March 23 to April 5, 2017.

Early registration is encouraged as these tours usually sell out before the end of the previous summer. 

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..

View 2017 brochure

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Jewels of the Prairie

Escorted by Sharyn Seibert, Guelph artist and art educator, and Brian Lauder, a long-time architecture and Wright enthusiast, this trip takes place from September 2 to 9, 2017. It includes: the Architectural River Tour, a day-long guided tour of Wright’s home and Studio, a walking tour of Oak Park, Unity Temple, Robie House, and the Rookery Building. Included is a day trip to Racine, Wisconsin to tour Wingspread and the Johnson Wax Building. The Art Institute of Chicago is also included in the itinerary. Accommodations are at the beautiful and historic Palmer House Hotel. The trip coincides with the Chicago Jazz Festival, which features many free outdoor concerts. Cost is $2,499 for double occupancy. This includes all breakfasts, four lunches and three dinners, travel by luxury motor coach, two tour guides, all tours, and luxury accommodation. Please contact Noecker Travel at 519-846-5307 to register.

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