Call for Submissions: Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance, and Resilience


Call for Submissions:
Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance, and Resilience

Exhibition Dates: August 2 to December 1, 2019
Submission Deadline: July 7, 2019

Guelph Museums invites contemporary artists to participate in Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance and Resilience, an exhibition about our collective journey toward decolonization, through the submission of art works that reflect personal experiences and challenge the conventions of institutional space. We are open to all stories and forms of expression inspired by lived experiences, including expressions of truth, survivance and resilience.

Guelph Museums was established in the 1960s to preserve and share this city’s local history. Since then, our founding story has been told through the narrative of the Canada Company. Founded by John Galt, who became its first Superintendent, the Canada Company is responsible for colonizing over two million acres of land on the shores of Lake Huron, now known as the Huron Tract. This version of our founding story implies that Galt established Guelph on unpopulated land and negated, by omission, the local history of the Original Peoples.

The exhibition, Art As Activism: Truth, Survivance and Resilience, will open on August 2, 2019 in conjunction with the performance of John Galt and The Instant City, a musical theatre production that navigates Galt’s background as a writer and Colonist. Both the exhibition and the performance will question Galt’s positionality in the context of our local Indigenous history and the impact of colonization that continues to shape Guelph today.

The call is open to all artists who produce wall-mounted works in a broad range of media. A maximum of three works may be submitted by each artist. Installation and technical requirements must be included in the application.

Applications must be submitted to

Submission requirements and procedure

Image: Alex Jacobs-Blum, The Medicine Game

Dawn Owen | Curator, Guelph Museums
Public Services – Culture, Tourism and Community Investment
City of Guelph

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Guelph Civic Museum
52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, ON, N1H 4H8