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2018 Jane Graham Memorial Recipient- Jessica Masters

By Jane Litchfield

You might know Guelph artist Jessica Masters for her images of waves that roll right off the canvas, or her iconic jumping swimmer from the 2018 Art on the Street poster. Masters was a co-recipient of GAC’s Jane Graham Memorial Award in 2018, and since applications are now open for the 2019 award, we thought we’d check in with this GAC member.

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Jessica Masters in front of her Wave Series at R.I.C.A Gallery, Sept 2018

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Guelph Arts Council Invites Doors Open Guelph 2020 Site Submissions

Guelph, ON – August 8, 2019 – Guelph Arts Council is excited to announce a call for site proposals for Doors Open Guelph 2020. Doors Open is a celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and historically or architecturally relevant sites. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our community’s architecture, heritage, creativity, and innovation. The 2020 event takes place on Saturday, April 25 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Application instructions and criteria can be found here: https://form.jotform.com/92194296327970. Sites will be assessed on their architectural, cultural, historical or social significance; innovative design or technology; thematic relevance; and capacity to contribute to a successful event. Across the province, Doors Open 2020 events will explore the theme of Environment.

In announcing the call for site proposals, Guelph Arts Council’s Executive Director Patti Broughton said: “On behalf of the Doors Open Guelph Steering Committee, I am pleased to invite potential sites in Guelph to apply to be part of 2020’s event. Participating in Doors Open is a great opportunity to share the story of your special place with residents and visitors who are keenly interested in this community.”

Doors Open Guelph is one of Guelph Arts Council’s longest-running programs. Its success is due to the hard work of volunteers, who work as Steering Committee members, site captains, tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, and more, as well as the support of event sponsors. Guelph Arts Council invites immediate expressions of interest from potential Steering Committee members, who provide strategic oversight to this important community celebration, and Site Captains. If you are passionate about sharing Guelph’s stories, and would like to be more involved in Doors Open Guelph, please contact Patti Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

For more information about site selection, volunteering, or event sponsorship, please contact Fan-Ling Suen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, a province-wide initiative that celebrates community heritage. Doors Open Guelph has had the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario each year.

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Call for Exhibition Proposals from Artists and Curators

One of many amazing things about GAC’s relocation to 10C Shared Space is our new access to space for exhibitions. Our first exhibitions in the space celebrated the work of emerging artist participants in the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project, our partnership with the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art & Music. In the summer of 2019 our four exhibitions celebrate the work of emerging and newcomer artists, as well as Art on the Street award recipients. We’ll resume our exhibition program in November and December, and have two exhibition opportunities remaining for GAC member artists. Guelph Arts Council invites member artists or curators to submit proposals for two-week exhibitions in the fall of 2019 or in 2020 (July, August, November, or December).

In 2019, GAC is grateful for funding from the Guelph Community Foundation – Musagetes Fund to support the exhibition program. The exhibition opportunity includes the space for a two-week exhibition and two-hour opening reception, a modest artist’s fee, and a limited budget for marketing, supplies, and refreshments. GAC has applied for additional project support for 2020.

10C Street ViewWell lit, accessible, centrally located and with lots of foot traffic from really
diverse audiences, 10C Shared Space is a unique place to host an exhibition.
Images courtesy of GAC.

Guelph Arts Council and 10C have in common the conviction that the arts have a role to play in social change, and that collaboration strengthens communities. Similarly, The Guelph Community Foundation - Musagetes Fund supports arts projects that address issues of the under-served and under-represented in our community, or that promote and enhance sustainable environmental practices. While artists and curators may propose exhibitions on any theme, priority may be given to projects that align with these priorities.

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The space hosts art on the adjustable cable hanging system. Image (right) courtesy of 10C.
Left: artwork (l-r) by Brendan Lancaster (Beyond Relief Designs) and Annette Kraft van Ermel. Right: Gina Duque installs her work

Exhibition proposals to Guelph Arts Council need not be fully detailed, as project plans can be fine-tuned with support from GAC. The applicant will be responsible, if selected, for implementing the final project.

To propose a project, describe your idea in an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., including the intent and details you consider critical to the project. Images (3 – 5) of your current or proposed work and links to your website or social media channels would be appreciated. If the idea is potentially feasible and would be a good fit for the space, you’ll be asked to provide more details including timelines, additional images, info about artists/participants, and what costs you anticipate. Projects that incorporate multi-disciplinary and multi-media work, including elements of collaboration and community engagement, are encouraged. Please contact GAC staff if you have questions about work or activities that the space can accommodate. If your project is selected, you’ll work with GAC to fine-tune details, and will provide GAC with a curatorial or artist statement that can be posted with the exhibition and used in communications about the project.

Proposals received before September 30, 2019 can be considered for fall 2019. Late applications will be accepted and considered for 2020 exhibitions. Artists and curators are welcome to secure their own project funding through sponsors, grants, or other sources. Depending on the response to this new program, an independent jury of arts professionals may be engaged to support the selection process.

Lead applicants (artists or curators) will be Artist members of Guelph Arts Council, who reside and/or practise in Guelph or Wellington County, but their collaborators need not be. Not a GAC member? Join here.

Please contact Patti Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fan-Ling Suen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Guelph Arts Council if you would like to discuss your exhibition idea. We can also be reached by phone at 519-836-3280.

Guelph Arts Council and University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music Announce Fall Round of Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project

Guelph, ON – July 31, 2019 – The Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project is a partnership of Guelph Arts Council and the University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music that supports emerging artists in the critical transition to professional life. GAC and SOFAM are grateful for project support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established.

Applications for the sixth round of the project, which begins in September, are now being accepted. Guelph visual and media artists, musicians, and cultural managers are encouraged to apply as mentors or emerging artists. Established artists may apply online as mentors, and emerging artists may apply online to be mentored. Project details are included in the online application forms. The deadline for mentor and emerging artist applications is Sunday, September 22.

In the five previous rounds of the project, 42 emerging musicians, visual artists, and cultural managers were paired with Guelph artist mentors. In each round, the emerging artists’ experience culminates in a group exhibition of their work that they plan, promote, and install with support from their mentors.

For more information about the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project, visit guelpharts.ca or call Guelph Arts Council at 519-836-3280.

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