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Guelph Arts Council Announces Call for Doors Open Guelph 2019 Site Submissions

Guelph, ONAugust 29, 2018 – Guelph Arts Council is excited to announce a call for site proposals for Doors Open Guelph 2019. 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 2019 event takes place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Application instructions and criteria can be found here. Sites will be assessed on their architectural, cultural, historical or social significance; innovative design or technology; and capacity to contribute to a successful event.

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 2019’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, tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, and more, as well as the support of event sponsors. For more information about site selection, volunteering, or event sponsorship, please contact Katie Wilde 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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About Guelph Arts Council:
For forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and our annual sponsor Meridian.

View the original media release here.

Member Spotlight: The Other End of the Brush with Chelsea Brant

by Emily Hearn
all images courtesy of the artist

Chelsea Brant, a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Fine Arts program, believes that a variety of experiences is the key to gaining perspective and developing one’s art. During her five years of study, Brant participated in two study abroad programs and says that she brought home immeasurable knowledge.

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Chelsea Brant, at [Res]idual, an exhibition the artist curated at Hamilton Artists' Inc. in summer 2018. Pictured: Can I Squish Your Face, by Audie Murray

One of her placements was completed in Germany. She didn’t paint at all while she lived there. The art, Brant found, was more interactive and stylistically industrial than you would typically find here in Canada. “Their focus is on conceptual work and interactive installations.” Brant’s website hosts a series of photographs she took of one such installation, a project where participants adventured around the city of Bremen to find and scan QR codes placed in unconventional locations.

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What’s it like to work in the culture sector?

by Patti Broughton and WorkinCulture

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If you’ve looked for work in the arts in Ontario, chances are you’ve used WorkInCulture’s popular Job Board. What you may not know is that WorkInCulture’s mission is to support the people who work in the cultural sector through life-long career development and entrepreneurial and business skills training.

One of WorkInCulture’s current projects is MakingItWork, a major research project that’s designed to help us better understand the opportunities and challenges of employment in the creative sector. Working with strategy and policy analysts Nordicity, and with support from the Province of Ontario, WorkInCulture has conducted a series of roundtables and have just launched the MakingItWork survey.

The survey is an in-depth look at what it’s really like to work in the sector. Whether you’re an artist, a worker at a cultural organization, a cultural organization, a library, a museum, or a cultural industry company, they want to hear about opportunities and challenges that you face when dealing with career growth, skills, training, hiring and retention, as well as diversity and equity.

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Call for Doors Open Guelph 2019 Site Submissions

Guelph Arts Council is excited to announce a call for site proposals for Doors Open Guelph 2019. 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 2019 event takes place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

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The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Application instructions and criteria can be found online. Sites will be assessed on their architectural, cultural, historical or social significance; innovative design or technology; and capacity to contribute to a successful event.

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