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CALL TO ARTISTS – Expressions of Interest (EOI)
City of Guelph Artist in Residence Program


Artist Opportunity
The City of Guelph invites professional artists or artist teams to submit Expressions of Interest to be selected for the 2018 City of Guelph Artist in Residence program.

Community engagement is at the heart of this program, which is open to artists practicing all art forms including visual, literary or performing arts, architecture and design, or media arts such as sound, video or photography.

This call follows a two-stage selection process, the first being an Expression of Interest. The total all-inclusive 2018 program budget awarded to the selected artist is $6,500. This is not a live-in residency.

Program Goals

  • creatively animate public space(s) – indoor, outdoor and online
  • provide opportunities for artists to engage with the public and showcase their creative practices
  • broaden the community experience of the arts
  • contribute to placemaking and civic pride

The City of Guelph will provide

  • assistance with any necessary permits for public space(s) (as appropriate);
  • access to municipal facilities and venues;
  • an opportunity for presentation and celebration at the end of the residency;
  • a budget which includes artist fees and funding to cover other costs directly related to the project;
  • promotional support (coordination of media releases, social media and promotional materials such as posters, postcards, signage etc.); and
  • recognition of the artist as the official City of Guelph Artist in Residence.

The selected Artist will

  • commit to engaging community members in creative experiences;
  • deliver the selected project within the program’s timeline and budget;
  • provide regular progress updates to staff;
  • be available to speak with the media;
  • attend a debriefing session at the end of the residency period; and
  • supply a clear police vulnerable sector check.

As part of the program, the artist will be expected to undertake a selection of the following, to be agreed upon between the City and the Artist over Culture Days weekend, September 28 – 30, 2018:

  • Public talk
  • Public workshop or activity
  • Public exhibition/display of completed work

Scope of Work
The artist’s project for this collaborative, community-based arts initiative should engage the residents and visitors of Guelph, add significance to civic spaces, and promote an appreciation of contemporary art practices.

Expressions of Interest should outline the project concept briefly and indicate if the project is intended for a specific location.

While the artist’s process is as important as the resulting artistic products, projects should produce an outcome such as, but not limited to, a temporary installation, performance, recording, collection, creative collaboration, exhibition or community experience that can be shared and celebrated with the public.

Visit to read the full Call to Artists and learn more about the application and selection process.

For additional information or questions please contact:
Jen Rafter, Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Public Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629





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