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Guelph Arts Council, Art Gallery of Guelph and SOFAM Present Opportunity Knocks: Re-imagining your Arts Career

Guelph, ON December 19, 2019 – Guelph Arts Council is pleased to collaborate with the Art Gallery of Guelph and the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music in presenting Opportunity Knocks: Re-imagining your Arts Career. How can arts students and emerging artists re-imagine the careers they could pursue? What are the emergent, entrepreneurial, or unexpected career paths that arts grads have taken? A group of diverse arts trailblazers will share stories and lessons learned. Students, artists and creatives of all disciplines, ages and experience levels are welcome.

The three-hour session begins at 6 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Art Gallery of Guelph, 358 Gordon St, Guelph, and includes intro presentations, a panel discussion and Q&A, and networking. Confirmed speakers include Sally Frater, Tory Miles, and Alex Ricci, University of Guelph graduates who’ve been innovative in their arts careers. Sally is currently the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Guelph with a BFA in Studio Art and MA in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester/Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Tory is a digital matte painter and concept artist, classically trained in painting, whose credits include The Shape of Water and Hellboy. Alex leads audiovisual collective VERSA with Monika Hauck. VERSA creates powerful instrumental music written around live looping bass guitar, and pairs it with responsive projections that visualize sound. Other presenters will be announced.

The workshop is free but registration is appreciated. Please register online or by calling Guelph Arts Council at 519-836-3280.

In announcing the session, Guelph Arts Council Executive Director Patti Broughton said: “We are so grateful to the Art Gallery of Guelph, SOFAM, and the presenting artists for making this evening of conversation possible. Attendees will come away thinking about the unexpected opportunities that careers in the arts can offer.”

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project, and made possible with support from RBC Emerging Artists Project.

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Opportunity Knocks: Re-imagining your Arts Career          

By Garreth Arenburg-Duchesne

Guelph Arts Council, the Art Gallery of Guelph, and the University of Guelph School of Fine Art & Music, presents Opportunity Knocks: Re-imagining your Arts Career on Thursday January 30th 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Guelph. Guest speakers for this event include Alex Ricci, Tory Miles, and Sally Frater, all University Of Guelph grads who have taken innovative and different approaches to their arts careers. Emerging artists, students, and creatives from all disciplines are encouraged and welcome to attend this free event. Opportunity Knocks is a chance to listen, learn and ask questions with established local artists and cultural workers from Guelph.  Guest speakers will share their personal stories and lessons learnt over time. The evening will continue with a panel discussion, Q&A, followed by a chance to mix and mingle.

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