Artist in Residence

The City of Guelph Artist in Residence Program offers opportunities for artists to engage the public in creative experiences.

Congratulations to Mallory Tolcher, the City of Guelph’s 2019 Artist in Residence!

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 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 at the beginning of September and changed out halfway through the project.

The project ends with an artist talk and trail walk on September 29 during Culture Days weekend.
Submit your photo now

Photo Tips:

  • Close ups preferred
  • No group shots
  • Adults 18+ only
  • Outdoor photos preferred
  • High resolution images required

Be sure to share your photo using the hashtag #GuelphMovesMe after you submit!

Portrait of woman runner

Portrait: Jenna Westaway by Mallory Tolcher. Graphite and charcoal on paper, 2019

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Community Engagement Events

Visit Mallory at the following events to learn more about the project, get active and outdoors, and submit photos and stories about how Guelph moves you!

Date Time Event Organization Location
June 16 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Superhero Run for KidsAbility KidsAbility Exhibition Park
June 22 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art on the Street Downtown Guelph Business Association & Guelph Arts Council Quebec Street, Downtown Guelph
June 23 9 a.m. The Big Little Run Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph Guelph Lake Conservation Area
June 28 5 to 9 p.m. Fourth Friday Guelph Museums Guelph Civic Museum
Starting July 2 6 p.m. Tuesday running group Guelph Victors University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium
July 20 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Guelph Farmers’ Market City of Guelph Guelph Farmers’ Market
September 29 1 to 2 p.m. Artist Talk and Trail Walk for Culture Days City of Guelph & Culture Days McCrae House backyard
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Big Brother Big Sisters of Guelph
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Guelph Museums logo
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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.

Program goals

  • creatively animate public space(s) – indoor, outdoor and 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

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For more information

Jen Rafter, Cultural Program and Event Coordinator,
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Public Services
519-822-1260 extension 2629