Damian Weston, Executive Director
Damian is a recent transplant to Guelph (born in Saskatoon, raised in Toronto) and has held management & leadership roles within both the arts and social services, serving organizations such as the Ontario Film Authority/Ontario Film Review Board, The Caritas Project, Habitat Services and countless others. He has attended Toronto Metropolitan University for Film Studies, Carleton University for International Human Rights & Development and OCAD for Integrated Media. Artistically, Damian is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and a multi-instrumentalist composer of music for media. He is currently the primary songwriter for Guelph-based Alt-Pop-Noir band Season Of The Senses, and when he’s not working or composing can often be found in the kitchen, covered in almond flour and icing sugar.
Preetam Sengupta, Co-Manager of Programs and Operations
Preetam Sengupta is a storytelling singer-songwriter from Sarnia, but has called Guelph home for over ten years. His 2017 album “Patience” earned him a Folk Music Ontario Award that included a certificate which he gave to his parents. Often compared to Paul Simon, Preetam’s live show is built around simple performance, playful stage banter, very little pyro, and a genuine desire to connect with his audience.
For memberships and payments contact Preetam at [email protected]
Paige Bromby, Co-Manager of Programs and Operations
Paige Bromby is a Guelph-based artist, cultural manager, and community activator. An involved member of the Guelph arts community, she brings to GAC a passion for community building and a drive to amplify the voices of the artists/creatives around her. Paige holds a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Guelph. She is a lover of books, an avid gardener, and someone who always has a few projects on the go. Through all her work, Paige is dedicated to supporting inclusive and accessible creative environments.
For programs and communications contact Paige at [email protected]
Madeleine Avery, Website Administrator
Madeleine Avery is a familiar face here at GAC after working as our Experiential Learning Student this past winter. Since then, Madeleine has graduated from the University of Guelph’s Studio Art program where she specialized in printmaking. Madeleine is excited to be back at GAC and looks forward to engaging with Guelph Arts Community by planning events and exhibitions, such as exhibits at 10C Shared Space, this summer.
Aside from returning to Guelph Arts Council, Madeleine has plans to try out cyanotype printing making for the first time, drink lots of iced coffee, and perfect her peach cobbler this summer.
Madeleine can be reached at [email protected]
Spencer Shaw, Communications Specialist
Spencer Shaw is new to the GAC team this summer! As a current student at the Lang School of Business in Guelph as well as a proven industry professional in multiple disciplines, Spencer plans to leverage his knowledge learned at UofG and in the real world to support programs and initiatives at Guelph Arts Council over the summer.
Spencer is excited to learn the fundamentals of a non-for-profit organization and looks forward to applying these skills with a community-centric mindset. When he’s not supporting the full time staff at GAC, Spencer can be found at the hockey rink, baseball diamond, or spending time with good friends and family.
Spencer can be reached at [email protected]