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Guelph Arts Council and University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music Announce Winter Round of Young Artist Mentorship Project

In 2017, with support from Ontario150 Partnership Project, Guelph Arts Council and the University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music completed the first two sessions of the Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Project, a collaborative project that supports young artists in the critical transition from university to professional life. In continuing the project, GAC and SOFAM are grateful for support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project. The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory.

Applications for the Winter Round of the project, which begins in January, are now being accepted. Guelph visual and media artists, musicians, and cultural managers are encouraged to apply as mentors or young artists. Established artists may apply online as mentors, and young artists may apply online to be mentored. Project and eligibility details are included in the online application forms. The deadline for applications is Sunday, January 21, 2018.

Through the first two rounds of the project, 21 young artists, musicians, and cultural managers were mentored by established creative professionals from our community.

Participant Noelle Lalonde said of the project: “I always thought I had to live in Toronto to have a successful career as an artist but I know now that isn't true. … Because of this program, I have two shows lined up for 2018 and have been introduced to so many fabulous established artists in Guelph, including professors from the university.”

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Two Recipients Named for the 2017 Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Award

Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2017 Youth Opportunities Award will be shared among two applicants who will offer opportunities for youth in Guelph and Wellington County to become engaged in the arts. The recipients are Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School and the Artsy Activists student group, both of whom will receive support to cover artistic fees related to their proposed projects.

Guelph’s Our Lady of Lourdes School requested support for a unique and powerful opportunity for collaboration between manufacturing and visual arts students to create a found-metal sculpture for installation on the school property. To be built from salvaged scrap metal, the sculpture will include some aspect of movable parts. The students will be mentored by Barrie artist Ron Baird who specializes in kinetic sculpture, and has over 200 public sculptures to his credit. The resulting artwork will not only enhance the school’s campus and the adjacent neighbourhood, but will also demonstrate to the participating students that “the skilled trades, such as welding, have a role to play in the creation of artistic images.” 

The Artsy Activists group submitted their application for assistance in establishing a discussion, art, and action-based collective for youth, aged 14 to 19, including but not limited to LGBTQ2S+, female-identified, Indigenous, immigrant and youth of colour. Led by three Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute Grade 11 students, Sequoia Kim, Elise Kephart and Sam Knight, the group aims “to empower and inspire youth by incorporating art and activism through discussion and action,” including through “exhibitions, creating social justice-inspired and informative art, as well as publishing an Artsy Activists book.” The group also emphasizes that their project, “designed by youth for youth,” will show that youth working together can make a difference.

Established in 2009 to take the place of a previous youth awards program dating back to 1982, the Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Award is intended to encourage programs that will initiate, enhance or expand opportunities for children and youth in Guelph and Wellington County to experience or become engaged in the arts. Funds for the award come from the Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Fund managed by the Guelph Community Foundation.

For more information about the award program, contact Guelph Arts Council at 519-836-3280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Guelph Arts Council and University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music Present Reflections: A Young Artist Mentorship Project Exhibition

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This fall, thirteen young Guelph artists, cultural managers, and musicians have worked with local mentors in the second round of the Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Project. Reflections is an exhibition of work created and curated by these young artists, and a culminating event for the fall round. The exhibition runs from December 4 – 15 at 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden St., Guelph, with a reception on Sunday, December 10 from 1 – 4 pm. The reception will include a performance by music participants Braden Phelan and Liv Cazzola at 2:30 pm. GAC and SOFAM are grateful for project support from the Ontario150 Partnership Program.

The Young Artist Mentorship Project supports young artists in the critical transition from university to professional life. Through the project, young musicians, cultural managers, and visual artists work with established-artist mentors to develop the professional networks and business and management skills that they need to build careers as creative entrepreneurs. Established-artist mentors benefit from developing new mentorship skills. The application process for mentors and young artists interested in participating in the Winter 2018 round will be announced. In the meantime, inquiries can be directed to Guelph Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280. 

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Give the Gift of the Arts This Holiday Season

Get into the spirit of the season and support the inspiring artists and arts organizations of Guelph. Find the perfect handmade gift at one of these sales or share a unique experience by attending a performance with your loved ones this holiday season. 

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