City of Guelph artist opportunities

The City values the role artists play in building a vibrant and engaged community.

To support imaginative and innovative community building, the City invests in public art as well as artist-led programs that provide accessible opportunities for community participation in creative activities and experiences.

Current opportunities

The Wilson Street Art Project

The City of Guelph invites artists and artist teams with established public art experience to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and a preliminary vision for the development and execution of a site-specific, permanent, outdoor art installation as part of the Wilson Street Reconstruction project.

This is a two-stage competition. The first stage is a Request for Pre-Qualifications (RFPQ). Design concepts are not required at this time.

Following the Selection Committee’s review of the submitting artists’ qualifications, three artists will be short-listed and invited to develop their concept proposals and present them to the Selection Committee for consideration.  An honorarium of $1500 will be awarded to short-listed artists.

  • Budget: $90,000 CAD
  • Eligibility Requirements: Open to professional artists and artist teams.
  • Deadline: Monday January 29, 2018
  • Installation: Spring 2019

More information and how to apply

If you’re interested in receiving emails about program opportunities, new initiatives and calls to artists, please submit your contact information through this form.

Personal information, as defined by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of MFIPPA.  Personal information on this form will be used for the purpose of sending notifications of new artist opportunities offered by the City.

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Artists interested in receiving notifications of new opportunities offered by the City may register above to be added to the City’s email distribution list.

Artists are also encouraged to watch for opportunities on the City’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Other opportunities

Artist in Residence program

Every February, the City invites professional artists to submit Expressions of Interest to be selected for its artist residency program. As an integral part of the program, artists are asked to engage the public in creative experiences that contribute to the vitality of the community. Learn more about the City’s Artist in Residence program.

Culture Days

The City plays a programming and coordinating role in supporting Guelph’s annual Culture Days celebrations. Each September, in every province, individual artists, cultural groups, organizations, municipalities and festivals offer free participatory and interactive arts and cultural activities during the Culture Days weekend. Save the dates for Culture Days 2018 – September 28-30. Learn more about Culture Days in Guelph.

Market Mornings program

This summer program features hands-on, artist-led programming that celebrates creativity, imagination and community spirit. Learn more about Market Mornings.