Artist in Residence

The City of Guelph Artist in Residence Program offers opportunities for artists to engage the public in creative experiences. Animating public space is an integral part of the program.

The program is open to artists working in all art forms: visual, literary, performing arts, architecture and design, or media arts such as sound, video or photography. This is not a live-in residency.

Program goals

  • creatively animate public space(s) through creativity – indoor, outdoor or online
  • provide opportunities for artists to engage with the public and showcase their creative practices
  • broaden the community experience of the arts
  • contribute to placemaking and civic pride


The City of Guelph will provide

  • assistance with any necessary permits for public space (as appropriate);
  • an opportunity for presentation and celebration at the end of the residency;
  • a budget which includes artist fees and funding to cover other costs directly related to the project;
  • promotional support; and
  • recognition of the artist as the official City of Guelph Artist in Residence.

The artist will

  • commit to engaging community members in creative experiences;
  • deliver the selected project within the program’s timeline and budget;
  • provide regular progress updates to staff;
  • be available to speak with the media; and
  • attend a debriefing session at the end of the residency period.

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