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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, 2019

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. 

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

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 2019, the 21st annual tour will be Germany’s Romantic Road … plus The Black Forest and Heidelberg, a leisurely 14-day circular tour of some of southern Germany’s most historic and scenic countryside.  Dates are April 4 to 17, 2019.  

Although this tour is already sold out, Pauwels Travel is arranging a second departure with a similar itinerary for April 17 to 30, 2019.   

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

View 2019 brochure

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