Main Street Mural Project

The City received 202 submissions for Stage One of the Main Street Mural Project from applicants all over the world. Twelve applicants have been shortlisted and invited to apply for Stage Two. For this stage of the competition artists will be asked to develop a project proposal, budget and concept design and/or rendering for consideration. Shortlisted artists and web links are included below according to site locations.


The City of Guelph has received one-time funding from Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative to support and benefit rejuvenation, redevelopment, renovations and enhancements to revitalize main streets.

As directed by City Council, funding will be implemented through a competitive applications process to develop murals at various locations, specifically for the purpose of animating public spaces that support downtown tourism destinations.

This is Phase one of the funding implementation.


The following sites along Wilson Street have been identified as locations for public art murals. Please identify which site you are applying for in your Letter(s) of Intent.

Site A: Market side wall

Site B: Wooden inlet (old fire door) on west side of City Hall

Site C: Underpass wall – City Hall/Guelph Farmers’ Market side

Site D: Underpass wall – Parkade side

  • 72 feet by 11 feet = 792 square feet
  • Completed remotely using aluminum composite panels. Installation done by third party and organized by City. Overseen by selected artist.
  • Budget: $34,000
  • Shortlisted artists:

Estimated timeline

The anticipated schedule for selection of an artist/artist collective and completion of the project is outlined below. The City reserves the right to modify these dates as required.

Project phase Date
Request for Quualifications (RFQ) issued December 10, 2018
RFQ submission deadline February 1, 2019
Short-listed artists selected and invited to submit proposals for Stage Two March 22, 2019
Stage Two deadline May 03, 2019
Final selection May 24, 2019
Design development/production/fabrication Beginning June 2019
Installation/completion September 2019
Unveiling event in conjunction with Culture Days celebrations Friday September 27, 2019