Special Projects

Terrain of Sensation

Terrain of Sensation, 2014 City of Guelph Artist in the Community Project – Pearl Van Geest, West End Community Centre

To support cultural sector growth in Guelph, the City invests in capacity building opportunities and special programs. These projects are short-term in nature and help to increase the visibility and viability of Guelph’s arts and culture community.

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 wellbeing through access to and participation in cultural programming.

2015 Program Information


2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the writing of Lt. Col. John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields. This milestone will be celebrated community wide throughout the year with a series of signature initiatives and events. As part of the commemoration, a bronze statue of John McCrae by Canadian sculptor Ruth Abernethy will be installed in front of Guelph Civic Museum overlooking Guelph’s historic downtown.

Scope of work

Drawing inspiration from McCrae’s poem and/or the theme of remembrance, the Artist in Residence will develop a community art project that will enhance the 100th anniversary commemorative experience in Guelph’s downtown core for residents and visitors. This project is open to all art forms including visual, literary or performing arts, architecture, and sound or media arts such as film or photography. Working with City staff, the selected artist will establish a plan that includes a schedule and site considerations for interaction with community during the residency period. The residency is expected to result in a tangible outcome such as a temporary installation, creative collaboration, exhibition, event or community experience that will be shared and celebrated with the public at the end of the residency period.

Site considerations

A thriving downtown is important to the success and sustainability of a city. This program offers the opportunity to creatively animate Guelph’s downtown public spaces while encouraging the community to experience its sights, sounds, character and history. The Downtown Guelph community is inclusive of workers, merchants, residents, facilities, organizations, visitors and shoppers.

View entire 2015 Artist in Residence Call for Artists

Professional artists working in any medium and discipline with a history of public presentation, exhibition and/or publishing are invited to submit proposals to the City of Guelph’s 2015 Artist in Residence Program by May 11, 2015.

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