Do you want to be Guelph’s 2018 Artist in Residence?

Guelph, Ont., February 1, 2018 – The City of Guelph invites artists to apply for a chance to become the City’s 2018 Artist in Residence.

The successful artist will develop a community-based project that engages residents and visitors, adds significance to civic spaces, and promotes an appreciation of contemporary art practices.

“The outcome of the project is in the hands of the artist,” says Stacey Dunnigan, the City’s culture and tourism manager. “We’ve seen community art, oil paintings, temporary installations and large scale exhibitions. The common thread is that they’ve all created shared artistic experiences while animating public spaces.”

The program is open to artists practicing in all art forms including visual, literary or performing arts, architecture and design, or media arts such as sound, video or photography.

The successful artist will be chosen through a two-stage selection process:

  1. Stage one, Expression of Interest (EOI): Artists will be evaluated on their previous body of work, which should demonstrate their ability to deliver high-quality work on time and on budget, and their capacity to engage the community. EOIs are due by March 2 at 2 p.m., after which they will be assessed by the City’s Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) members who will select three artists to move onto stage two.
  2. Stage two, Request for Proposals (RFP): The three shortlisted artists will receive a $250 honorarium after submitting a detailed project proposal, timeline and budget. They will also be invited to participate in interviews with City staff and a PAAC representative as part of the review process.

The successful artist will receive a budget of $6,500 to realize their proposal. Artists should note this is not a live-in residency.

Visit to read the full call to artists and learn about the application and selection process.

About the City of Guelph Artist in Residence Program

The Artist in Residence program launched in 2014 as the Artist in the Community Program. This public art initiative provides opportunities for artists to engage with the public and showcase their creative practices while broadening the community’s experience of the arts. Community engagement and the animation of public space are at the heart of this program, which contribute to placemaking and civic pride.

Media Contact

Stacey Dunnigan, Manager of Culture and Tourism
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment
City of Guelph
519-822-1260  extension 2629