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Creative Spaces: New Opportunities

The development of a shared multi-use arts space has been on the agenda for this community for over a decade. A number of groups have tried to move this initiative forward and yet, despite their determination, and countless hours of commitment invested, a multi-disciplinary centre for the arts, remains on the horizon.

Home to many award-winning artists, arts events and festivals, Guelph is known as a creatively rich city. With this in mind, it is vital that we continue to nourish, support, and seek out new opportunities that will support the creative community. 

In the coming months the Creative Spaces initiative will continue to hold a vision for the creative community, by celebrating and highlighting the existing dynamic creative spaces in Guelph, facilitating new conversations around creative place-making in our community, and taking new approaches to improving the visibility of the arts in Guelph.

In partnership with Downtown Guelph Business Association and City of Guelph - Downtown Renewal, Guelph Arts Council will be launching a new pilot project called HATCH [ pop-up art-space]. This project will activate under-utilized properties in downtown Guelph, while providing artists with free space for the temporary installation of art exhibitions, studios, and other art happenings.

Our “MAKING[creative] SPACE” Editorial Series continues to profile local creative spaces and celebrate their successes. New and dynamic creative spaces that are worthy of celebration and that have come into existence over the last five years include Boarding House Arts, Necessary Arts Company, Silence!, Studio 404, Diyode Community Workshop and Guelph Black Heritage Society Heritage Hall, to name a few. Each of these arts and cultural spaces have responded to community needs in unique ways, while more established spaces such as Guelph Youth Music Centre, Dancetheatre David Earle, Baker Street Art Gallery, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, and Guelph Civic Museum continue to deepen their relationships with the community.

With new partnerships in development, Guelph Arts Council will continue to advocate for a multi-disciplinary arts centre that will reflect the vibrant and innovative creative community that exists in Guelph. Until such a time that audiences, artists, arts programmers, students and patrons can come together under one roof, the local arts community will continue to do what it does best, and innovate.

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