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The World Health Organization recently released a comprehensive report stating “engaging with the arts can be beneficial for both mental and physical health” of communities and individuals. This report came from analysing evidence from over 900 global publications and 3,000 studies. The studies suggest art can serve to promote and manage health and wellbeing, as well as prevent and tackle conditions such as anxiety, depression and social isolation.

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Two Local Recipients to share the 2019 Guelph Arts Council Jane Graham Memorial Award

Guelph, ON November 8, 2019 – Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2019 Jane Graham Memorial Award will be shared by Annie Burgess, ceramicist, and Jagdeep Raina, an artist working in textiles. The recipients live and work in Guelph, and submitted requests for assistance to pursue specialized professional development opportunities that will take them in new directions.

Annie Burgess is now focussing her efforts on ceramics, both as an artist and as a teacher. Her request for assistance is to help cover the costs of the Intermediate/Advanced Pottery-Throwing course at Haliburton School of Art & Design, Fleming College, an immersive and focused program she feels is what she needs to take her work to the next level. She also believes that, by improving her throwing skills, she will be able to move forward in her goal “to blur the boundaries between craft and fine art.” In addition, the course will allow her to offer more “value-added” to her students. The jury commended Annie both for her commitment to better her artistic practice as a professional potter, and for her dedication to teaching/sharing her love of art with the community.

Jagdeep Raina is currently concentrating on expanding his artistic practice in textiles, specifically weaving, spinning, natural dyeing and sewing. His long-term goal is to make a “phulkari,” an embroidered textile art form that is almost a lost art in the villages of Punjab. To start him on this journey connecting him to his heritage, Jagdeep submitted a request to take spinning classes with local artist Alisa McRonald. This opportunity will also help him generally to cultivate new skills in the field of textiles, something that he has “a deep, passionate desire to improve on as a visual artist.” The jury found Jagdeep’s vision and dedication inspiring, especially his efforts to investigate a lost art that connects him to and sheds light on his heritage.

Both Guelph Arts Council and the jury panel were extremely pleased with the applications for the 2019 Jane Graham Memorial Award. The applicants’ stories were all compelling, presenting the jury with some challenging decision-making.  

Established in memory of local artist Jane Graham following her untimely death in March 2005, the Guelph Arts Council Jane Graham Memorial Fund is managed by The Guelph Community Foundation. As a result, Guelph Arts Council is annually able to assist visual artists residing and actively practising in Guelph or Wellington County, helping them to pursue professional development opportunities that will contribute to individual personal artistic growth.

For more information about the Jane Graham Memorial Award program and Guelph Arts Council, please visit guelpharts.ca, phone 519-836-3280, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or drop by our offices at 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street, Guelph. For more information about Annie Burgess or Jagdeep Raina, please visit their websites at http://annieburgess.weebly.com or https://www.guelpharts.ca/about-us/news/523-jagdeep-raina-archiving-memory-and-migration, respectively.

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Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project Presents Win/Win

Guelph, ON November 7, 2019 – Guelph Arts Council’s fall 2019 programming includes Win/Win, an exhibition at the Boarding House Gallery that presents a thought-provoking and diverse multi-media selection of artwork by emerging artists based in and around Guelph. Opening on Friday, November 15 from 7-9 pm with a free, public reception, Win/Win continues until Saturday, November 30.

Win/Win is a collaboration of participants in the Fall 2019 round of the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project, which is presented by Guelph Arts Council and the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. The engaging and creative collaboration has provided emerging artists, musicians, and cultural managers with opportunities to learn about one another’s artistic practices and understand professional artistic practice with the guidance of their mentors. It also provides them with opportunities to promote their work and gain experience in graphic design, communications, and marketing, as well as curation and exhibition development. The opening reception will celebrate the emerging artists’ work, while the closing reception on Saturday, November 30 from 1-3 pm at the Boarding House Gallery will reflect a public engagement with the environment and art through Bree Leggett’s installation piece.

Emerging artists participating in the Fall 2019 round include: Yulia Balobanova, Carolina Benitez, Heather Caruso, Elly Grant, Bree Leggett, and Claire Stewart.

Win/Win is curated by Project participants. Beginning in 2017, the Project to date has paired 48 emerging musicians, visual artists, and cultural managers with Guelph established-artist mentors. The project supports emerging artists in the critical transition to professional life. 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. The Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project is made possible with the support of RBC Emerging Artists Project.

The Boarding House Gallery is located at 6 Dublin Street South, Guelph. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12 - 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm; and Sunday and Monday, closed.

Artists interested in participating in the Summer 2020 round as emerging artists or mentors are invited to contact Patti Broughton at Guelph Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

For more information on arts events in and near Guelph this fall and winter, please visit guelpharts.ca.

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Guelph Arts Council Announces Fall Exhibitions at 10C Shared Space

Guelph, ON November 1, 2019 – Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce four fall exhibitions in the street-level community gallery at 10C Shared Space, 42 Carden Street. The exhibitions feature work by GAC’s artist members. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 pm. Guelph Arts Council is grateful for exhibition support from The Guelph Community Foundation – Musagetes Fund.

First up is GAC’s annual Members’ Show and Sale, featuring the work of ten Guelph artists working in a variety of media, including Fern Cooper, Victoria Covo, Kerry Daly, Judith Elsasser, Laura Harrison, Maria Ibarra, Tania Orton, Robert John Paterson, Sarah Rutledge, and S. Korey Steckle. The show opens on Thursday, November 7 from 6 – 8 pm with GAC’s biannual Sharefest, during which Guelph creatives of all stripes take the stage for rapid-fire sharing of what’s rocking their worlds. Please join us for Sharefest, or pop in to 10C from November 6 – 14. Local art makes great holiday gifts!

Next is Figuratively Speaking from November 16 – 28, a retrospective exhibition of selected paintings by artist Judith Elsasser. Judith is an established Guelph painter who specializes in portraiture and figurative work. Please join us for a wine and cheese reception with the artist on Saturday, November 16 from 2 – 5 pm.

December begins with artist Brian Johnston’s The Halo Project, which runs December 2 - 13. The project is a photographic portrayal of individual identity in a world of complex cultural, political, educational, spiritual and relational diversity. Brian uses mixed media approaches to explore the human condition and its spiritual relevance - to capture the invisible behind the visible. Join us for an opening and artist’s talk on Thursday, December 5 from 7 – 9 pm.

We close out our 2019 exhibition series at 10C Shared Space with an exhibition of work by Coming Full Circle participants, organized by founder and artist Jay Lefler. Coming Full Circle is a peer support/facilitation and art mentoring organization where people can interact in creative ways and share stories. Through creative and interactive workshops, Jay engages those who want to benefit from healing and growth in a creative, empowering, and safe environment. The exhibition will run December 14 – 23, and details will be announced.

In announcing these exhibitions, GAC Executive Director Patti Broughton said: “We are delighted to present the work of these great local talents this fall. Although Judith and Brian’s media and styles differ, they both seek to capture the essence of our humanity in their figurative work. The Coming Full Circle exhibition will also explore the human experience.”

Visit guelpharts.ca for more information.

GAC member artists interested in exhibiting their work at 10C Shared Space are invited to contact Patti Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Other exhibition and event spaces are also available at 10C year-round, with details available here.

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