City announces new public art opportunity for artists

Guelph, On, June 5, 2013 – The City of Guelph is inviting experienced, professional individual artists, or teams, to apply for the opportunity to create new public artwork for the Civic Precinct.

The artwork, which will be installed in the area bordered by Wilson, Carden, and Farquhar streets, is expected to create unity between City Hall, Market Square, Guelph Central Station and the Guelph Farmer’s Market building.

“Our hope is that the artwork will reinforce the unique history of the area as the city’s primary gathering space, contribute to the animation of the space, and encourage interaction and a sense of playfulness,” says Sally Wismer, chair of the Public Art Committee. The project is being coordinated by the Public Art Committee, a subcommittee of the Council-appointed Cultural Advisory Committee.

The City will review the submitted materials by qualified applicants and develop a ranked list of prequalified candidates who will be invited to submit detailed proposals for the creation of the site-specific public art. Installation of the new work is scheduled to be completed by fall 2014.

“This is an excellent opportunity for artists and an exciting first step in building a Public Art program for Guelph,” says Astero Kalogeropoulos, the City’s Arts and Culture program officer.

The total budget for the project is $150,000, which was approved by City Council through the 2013 capital budget process.

Complete details about the application and prequalification process are available at or by contacting


For more information

Astero Kalogeropoulos
Arts and Culture Program Officer
Community and Social Services
519-822-1260 extension 2629