City invites artists to apply for 2015 Artist in Residence program

Guelph, ON, April 13, 2015 – Artists are invited to submit proposals to the City of Guelph’s 2015 Artist in Residence program.

Piloted last year as the Artist in the Community program, this cultural initiative engages the community in creative experiences and embeds artistic activity in a variety of public spaces.

This year, drawing inspiration from the theme of remembrance and Lt. Col. John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields, the successful applicant will develop a community art project that will enhance the commemorative experience for residents and visitors exploring Guelph’s downtown core.

“The Artist in Residence program is an exciting opportunity for established artists in and outside of our city. We look forward to seeing the inventive ideas for enlivening our downtown and engaging the community,” says Sally Wismer, chair of the City’s Public Art Advisory Committee.

She adds, “Our hope is that the activity generated through this year’s program will encourage residents and visitors to experience the sights, sounds, character, and history of the downtown core.”

Professional artists who work in various mediums or disciplines and have a history of public presentation, exhibition and/or publishing are invited to apply for the program by May 11. The 2015 Artist in Residence will be selected by City staff and members of the City’s Public Art Committee.

Application information is posted on the City’s website at guelph.ca/living/arts-and-culture/special-projects/airprogram2015.

About the City of Guelph Artist in Residence program

The City of Guelph Artist in Residence program is an initiative of the City’s department of Culture, Tourism and Community Investments, and is guided by the Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee. The goal of the program is to broaden the community experience of the arts through creative activity in public spaces and to enhance community well-being through access to and participation in cultural programming.

For more information

Jen Rafter
Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629
jen.rafter@guelph.ca