Exhibitions at Guelph Civic Museum



Remembering In Flanders Fields

March 27 to August 9

Reception: March 27, 6:30 pm

A juried art exhibition by local artists commemorating the 100th anniversary of the writing of In Flanders Fields.



Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Times: Italian Canadian Experiences during World War II

April 24 to August 9

Reception: April 24, 6:30 PM

This travelling exhibition from the Columbus Centre explores the experiences of Italian Canadians following Italy’s entry into the Second World War. Through video, audio and text, the exhibition puts a human face to this little-known period in Canadian history.



How Sweet It Was: Goody Sweets Candy Store, 1934 to 1968

January 23 to April 12

Visit our ode to Goody Sweets, a mid-century Guelph candy store, and learn how they made candy the old-fashioned way!


In our cases

The Guelph Horticultural Society: Keeping Guelph Beautiful 1900-2015 - April 30 to September 27

Guelph-Wellington Red Cross: 100 Years of Caring 1914-2014 – until March 29

Sons of the Royal City – until May 1

History Myths: Fact or Fiction — You be the Judge - Until September 11

Guelph Industries

March: Zephyr Loom & Textile Company Ltd.

April/May: Guelph Cigar Companies


Wall of Art

Sweet – until April 5

Home Front - April 7 to July 5

Call For Submissions – 4th Installment of Wall of Art: Home Front

The Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to open the call for submissions for the fourth installment of the “Wall of Art” exhibition series. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience.

This year is the 100th anniversary of John McCrae’s iconic poem In Flanders Fields. It is a year of reflection on times of war. But it mustn’t be forgotten that the war effort did not just exist overseas. For the upcoming Wall of Art exhibition, we invite artists to explore themes of the Home Front. The term “home front” describes the civilian population and activities of a nation whose armed forces are engaged in war abroad. From the influx of women into workforce roles usually reserved for men, through technological innovations, propaganda posters, rations, and newsreels, to the simple agony of waiting for a letter. Show us tales of resilience, love, and loss as you explore the theme of Home Front, and submit your work to this quarterly juried exhibition.


This opportunity is open to members of the Guelph Arts Council* who produce two-dimensional work in any medium, including painting, drawing, photography, mixed media and fiber. A maximum of two original artworks may be submitted by each artist: submissions exceeding two works will not be considered. Works for this call must address the theme. All works must be ready for hanging and must be able to fit through an entrance of 6.5 ft. by 4 ft. Any technical needs for works must be provided by the artist.

*An artist membership for a year is only $30, which is less than most entry fees. Plus, you get all the other benefits that come with being a Guelph Arts Council member… come join us and see!


No need to email your application with attachments. Instead, please submit online through our awesome new form! http://form.jotformpro.com/form/50497529016964

If you have limited use of the internet, you may mail or hand-deliver your application. Please print and fill out the one-page application and mail or deliver it with with images of your work as digital images on flash drive or CD-ROM. Applications will be accepted via the online form or mailed or dropped off at our offices 147 Wyndham St N Suite 404, Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.–4p.m.

All applications must be received by Guelph Arts Council no later than *Friday, March 20*, 2014 at 4 p.m. Late submissions will not be considered. Participating artists will be notified by phone. If you do not receive a telephone call by *Friday, March 27*, 2014, your work has not been selected for this exhibition, but we encourage you to continue to apply for future exhibitions! Often, it’s not about the quality of your work per se, but about whether it fits for the show.

Accepted works must be delivered ready to hang to Guelph Civic Museum between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the week of March 30, or by arrangement with Guelph Civic Museum. Following the exhibition, works must be picked up during the week of April 6, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. or by arrangement with Guelph Civic Museum.

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $131 CAD and an invitation to an exhibition reception at the museum on Friday, March 27, 2014 at 7 p.m.


Deadline for Submissions: March 20 (previously March 16)
Selection: Week of March 23
Notification: By March 27
Art Drop Off: Week of March 30
Install: April 7
Reception: April 24
Closing date: July 5


Call for Artists

Remembering “In Flanders Fields” Art Exhibition

Commemorative Juried Art Show at the Guelph Civic Museum

Deadline – Sunday, March 1st 2015, 11:59pm

Attention all artists! Guelph Civic Museum is pleased to announce a call for an In Flanders Fields Centennial Commemoration Art Exhibit. This juried show will be installed in the third floor temporary gallery of the Guelph Civic Museum, where it will be on display throughout the Spring and Summer of 2015.

This is a great opportunity to have your work seen by hundreds of museum visitors, and convey your impressions, reflections, and response to this iconic poem and its author John McCrae. Learn more.


In the Permanent Exhibition Galleries

Families Gallery

Families Gallery

The Royal City Families Gallery - An interactive gallery for all ages that explores Guelph’s history and its place in the world.

Families Gallery

Families Gallery

City Gallery

City Gallery

Growing Guelph Gallery and City Gallery - What makes Guelph unique and what are our stories?

The Loretto Gallery - The story of the Convent and the Sisters of the Loretto