Mallory Tolcher is Guelph’s 2019 Artist in Residence

Guelph, Ont., April 2, 2019 – Mallory Tolcher has been named this year’s City of Guelph Artist in Residence. Tolcher’s project, called #GuelphMovesMe, promotes physical fitness on Guelph’s trails through an outdoor art exhibition.

The project will kick off by asking the community to submit photos of individuals and groups who use the trails regularly as inspiration for 12 hand-drawn portraits. The portraits will be installed at six points along the Silvercreek and Eramosa River trails and changed out halfway through the project. A map of the exhibition, with information about the portrait subjects will available at a variety of locations around the city. The project ends with an artist talk and trail walk on September 29 during Culture Days weekend.

“Mallory’s proposal stood out as an innovative and imaginative approach to the Artist in Residence goals of engaging with our community through art,” says Stacey Dunnigan, manager of Culture and Tourism at the City of Guelph. “Her talent, experience, drive and energy will result in a unique artistic experience for residents and visitors.”

The City’s Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee reviewed 15 submissions for the 2019 Artist in Residence Program. For more information about Tolcher and the Artist in Residence Program visit

About artist Mallory Tolcher

Mallory Tolcher is a local artist and educator who specializes in community art, drawing and installation art. Since graduating from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College’s joint Art and Art History program in 2012, she has worked on a variety of public and private commissions including the creation of Canada’s largest sports-court mural in Palmerston, Ontario.

About the Artist in Residence program

The Artist in Residence program is offered by the City of Guelph to broaden the community’s experience of the arts. The annual program invites artists to engage with the public and showcase their creative practices while enlivening public spaces.

For more information

Stacey Dunnigan, Manager of Culture and Tourism
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2533
[email protected]