Call for Applications: City of Guelph 2024 Artist in Residence Program

Now Accepting Expressions of Interest

Submission Deadline: March 5, 2024, 11:59 p.m.
To view the full call, visit the City of Guelph Artist in Residence program web page.

The City of Guelph invites artists and art collectives (collaborations between two or more artists) to submit Expressions of Interest for the 2024 Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program. AiR is an incubator for artistic creation, inspiration, and community connections. This program invites artists to consider how community might witness, contribute to, engage with, or participate in their art. The residency prioritizes projects that creatively and accessibly animate public spaces. Artists practicing in all mediums and modes of expression are encouraged to apply.

Two AiR projects will be awarded in 2024. Artists may choose to focus on a single medium/discipline, to work in multimedia, or within an interdisciplinary practice, including but not limited to:

  • literary arts (text-based expressions, spoken word, poetry)
  • media arts (sound, video, animation, digital)
  • performance arts (visual, dance, music, theatre)
  • visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media)

Note: this is not a live-in residency. Permits may be issued for temporary use of public spaces for artistic creation and presentation.

Program Goals

  • Increase opportunities for artists while building the City’s reputation through arts and culture.
  • Creatively animate public space(s) – indoor or outdoor.
  • Provide opportunities for artists to engage with the public through creative practices.
  • Amplify under-represented voices to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the arts.
  • Nurture the community’s interest in the arts by broadening their experiences and opportunities to engage.
  • Cultivate connections between artist(s) in residence, the public and their shared communities.
  • Share stories that reflect the place currently known as Guelph and the diverse experiences that have lived, do live and/or grow here.


This opportunity is open to all artists and art collectives (two or more people working as an artist group or who have chosen to collaborate for this program). Artists should describe their vision for, or experience with, inviting community to engage with their art. Artists should express their connections to Guelph. They must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada and be 18 years of age or older.

Artists and artist collectives are encouraged to express their unique and intersectional identities in the description of their practices. Artists from equity-deserving communities (including Black, Indigenous, racialized, people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQA+, low-income and unhoused individuals) are welcomed to share how their lived experiences inform their art and their residency proposal.

Previous City of Guelph Artists-in-Residence and City of Guelph employees are not eligible to apply. Fundraising activities are not eligible.

Silas Chinsen (pictured), Sophia Chilton and Caleb Bray, Reshaping Ruins, Goldie Mill, Guelph ON. 2022 Artists in Residence. Photo: Sarah Arfan.


The project budget is $7,000 +HST (if applicable) and includes all costs associated with the creation and implementation of the residency project:

  • Artist fees (research, development, administration)
  • Production fees (materials, studio expenses, services, equipment)

Disbursements will be made throughout the project on a mutually agreed schedule. Artists may secure additional resources to supplement the project budget.

The artist(s) will enter an Artist Agreement with the City of Guelph.

Selection Process

The recommended artist or artist-led groups will be chosen through a two-phase selection process: (1) Call for Expressions of Interest; and (2) Request for Proposals from short-listed candidates. The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee and Culture Staff will review proposals based on the program goals and selection criteria outlined in full on the Artist in Residence Program web page.

Miki Tamblyn, Animal Forms, Guelph ON. 2023 Artist in Residence. Photo: N. Valkova.

Stage One – Expression of Interest

Applicants should submit materials listed below using the online submission form:

  • Expression of Interest (500 words, maximum 2 MB – pdf, doc or docx), including a preliminary project proposal that describes desired outcomes and a vision for community involvement.
  • Artist CV (up to three pages, maximum 2 MB – pdf, doc or docx)
  • Support Materials – including a minimum of three and maximum of six examples of past/current artistic work (such as photographs of artworks, short writing samples, links to video or sound files, etc.) Maximum 5 MB – pdf, doc, docx, jpg, jpeg or png

Register here to attend an online information session about this application process, February 15, 6:00 p.m.

Stage Two – Request for Proposals

Following review of eligibility requirements and Expressions of Interest, shortlisted artists will be invited to develop their concept proposals in a second submission. They will also attend a one-on-one information session, allowing culture staff to provide feedback, as well as for both staff and artists to ask clarifying questions about the ongoing application process. Shortlisted artists will receive a $400 honorarium for their submissions.

Stage two submissions should include a detailed project outline (up to five pages) formatted as a single file (maximum 5 MB – pdf, doc or docx) and sent electronically to The submission should:

  • Summarize project goals and outcomes;
  • List outreach opportunities and how they enhance the project proposal;
  • Identify key project stages and timelines; and
  • Forecast a budget, including artist fee based on a flexible, part-time residency commitment occurring between July 1 and October 13.

Submission Deadline: March 5, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

For additional information or to request an accommodation, please contact:
Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
Culture and Recreation, Public Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629
TTY 519-826-9771

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Image descriptions:
1. Guelph Artist in Residence logo overlayed on closeup image of hands drawing on illuminated surface.
2. One of the 2022 Artists in Residence sets up an illuminated drawing table as part of their final presentation.
3. A film photograph from the 2023 Artist in Residence. On the left, a side profile of a person laying on the ground holding an animal mask to their face. On the right, the same person from a top angle.