Artist in Residence

Congratulations to our three shortlisted finalists:

These three shortlisted artists will each receive a $325 honorarium upon submission of a detailed project proposal, timeline, and budget as part of Stage Two.

Shortlisted artists will also be invited to participate in interviews as part of the review process to select an Artist in Residence for 2020.

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

Selection process and criteria

The recommended artist(s) will be chosen through a two-stage selection process. The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee and City staff will review proposals based on program goals and selection criteria.

Stage One: Expression of Interest

Artists will be scored based on their previous body of work and experience; capacity to engage the community; ability to deliver work of high artistic quality on time and on budget; as well as their artist statement including a preliminary project proposal that is realistic and achievable and has a vision for community involvement.

Stage Two: Request for Proposals

Three shortlisted artists or artist collectives will each receive a $325 honorarium upon submission of a detailed project proposal, timeline, and budget as part of Stage Two.

Shortlisted artists will also be invited to participate in interviews as part of the review process. They will be scored based on:

  • Qualifications and experience (20%)
    • Experience, interests and talents as a professional artist complement the program
    • Demonstrated experience and inventiveness in working collaboratively with community members
    • Knowledge and skills required to facilitate, coordinate, and administer the project on time and on budget
  • Quality of proposal (40%)
    • Proposal has artistic merit
    • Proposal is innovative and unique
    • Proposal is realistic and achievable
    • Proposal responds well to the goals of the program
  • Realization of proposal (40%)
    • The proposed project will creatively animate public space(s)
    • Plans for cultural programming and community engagement are strong
    • The proposed project demonstrates a connection to the city and/or relevance to the citizens of Guelph
    • Proposal shows potential for impact in the community

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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
jen.rafter@guelph.ca