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Guelph Arts Council Announces Deadline for 2018 Jane Graham Memorial Award

Guelph, ON – September 24, 2018 – In memory of Guelph visual artist Jane Graham, Guelph Arts Council offers an annual award to a regional visual artist(s) to pursue professional development opportunities. The 2018 application deadline is Monday, October 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm for paper applications and 11:59 pm for online applications. Any visual artist residing and actively practising in Guelph or Wellington County is encouraged to apply for opportunities that will be pursued after January 1, 2019. The award’s terms of reference and application instructions are posted at guelpharts.ca/resources-overview/gac-awards-bursaries. The award(s) will be announced in late fall 2018.

Jane Graham was a much loved and respected visual artist who lived and worked in the Guelph area for many years prior to her untimely death early in 2005. Working closely with the Graham family, later the same year Guelph Arts Council established a fund with donations made in Jane’s memory. The fund is managed by The Guelph Community Foundation. With annual fund revenue, Guelph Arts Council offers this award to support artists who wish to pursue opportunities that will contribute to personal artistic growth.

Annually, Guelph Arts Council appoints a volunteer award jury with representatives from the local visual arts community, Guelph Arts Council, the Graham family, and The Guelph Community Foundation. The jury reviews the applications and selects the award recipient(s).

Over the years, award recipients have included a scientific illustrator, an artist blacksmith, printmaker, multidisciplinary artist, bead artist, art quilter, filmmaker, photographer, illustrator, and painters. All of these individuals have indicated that the award helped them take their artistic work to the next level.

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About Guelph Arts Council:
For forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and our annual sponsor Meridian.

View the original media release here.

GAC Exhibition Program @ 10C Shared Space – Call to Member Artists

October is all about GAC members.

GAC Artist and Organizational Members are invited to submit to a fall members’ show in the main floor gallery space at 10C Shared Space, GAC’s home at 42 Carden.

We know fall is a busy time for many of our artist members who are preparing to participate in the Guelph Studio Tour, Fair November, Creative Spark Winter Market, or other regional art exhibitions and sales. Promote what you’re up to this fall by submitting a sample of your work to GAC’s October member exhibition with an update on your fall activities. The gallery space at 10C is a highly visible, busy co-working space with many visitors.

Low-relief work that can be installed using the existing hanging system is appropriate for the space. Due to space restrictions, GAC will select from the submissions as necessary. GAC will treat members’ artwork with care and respect while it is in our care, but cannot assume responsibility for damage or loss. Dates and arrangements for installation, opening reception, and de-install will be announced.

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Member Spotlight: The Other End of the Brush with Chelsea Brant

by Emily Hearn
all images courtesy of the artist

Chelsea Brant, a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Fine Arts program, believes that a variety of experiences is the key to gaining perspective and developing one’s art. During her five years of study, Brant participated in two study abroad programs and says that she brought home immeasurable knowledge.

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Chelsea Brant, at [Res]idual, an exhibition the artist curated at Hamilton Artists' Inc. in summer 2018. Pictured: Can I Squish Your Face, by Audie Murray

One of her placements was completed in Germany. She didn’t paint at all while she lived there. The art, Brant found, was more interactive and stylistically industrial than you would typically find here in Canada. “Their focus is on conceptual work and interactive installations.” Brant’s website hosts a series of photographs she took of one such installation, a project where participants adventured around the city of Bremen to find and scan QR codes placed in unconventional locations.

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Guelph Arts Council Announces Call for Doors Open Guelph 2019 Site Submissions

Guelph, ONAugust 29, 2018 – Guelph Arts Council is excited to announce a call for site proposals for Doors Open Guelph 2019. Doors Open is a celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and historically or architecturally relevant sites. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our community’s architecture, heritage, creativity, and innovation. The 2019 event takes place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Application instructions and criteria can be found here. Sites will be assessed on their architectural, cultural, historical or social significance; innovative design or technology; and capacity to contribute to a successful event.

In announcing the call for site proposals, Guelph Arts Council’s Executive Director Patti Broughton said: “On behalf of the Doors Open Guelph Steering Committee, I am pleased to invite potential sites in Guelph to apply to be part of 2019’s event. Participating in Doors Open is a great opportunity to share the story of your special place with residents and visitors who are keenly interested in this community.”

Doors Open Guelph is one of Guelph Arts Council’s longest-running programs. Its success is due to the hard work of volunteers, who work as Steering Committee members, tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, and more, as well as the support of event sponsors. For more information about site selection, volunteering, or event sponsorship, please contact Katie Wilde at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, a province-wide initiative that celebrates community heritage. Doors Open Guelph has had the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario each year.

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About Guelph Arts Council:
For forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and our annual sponsor Meridian.

View the original media release here.

What’s it like to work in the culture sector?

by Patti Broughton and WorkinCulture

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If you’ve looked for work in the arts in Ontario, chances are you’ve used WorkInCulture’s popular Job Board. What you may not know is that WorkInCulture’s mission is to support the people who work in the cultural sector through life-long career development and entrepreneurial and business skills training.

One of WorkInCulture’s current projects is MakingItWork, a major research project that’s designed to help us better understand the opportunities and challenges of employment in the creative sector. Working with strategy and policy analysts Nordicity, and with support from the Province of Ontario, WorkInCulture has conducted a series of roundtables and have just launched the MakingItWork survey.

The survey is an in-depth look at what it’s really like to work in the sector. Whether you’re an artist, a worker at a cultural organization, a cultural organization, a library, a museum, or a cultural industry company, they want to hear about opportunities and challenges that you face when dealing with career growth, skills, training, hiring and retention, as well as diversity and equity.

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