Mentee Commitment 

Emerging visual and media artists, musicians, and cultural managers in Guelph and Wellington County are invited to apply to the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project. This opportunity will support artists in the critical transition to professional life.

Through the project, artists will work with established-artist mentors to develop the professional networks and business and management skills needed for creative careers in Guelph. GAC will match each emerging artist participant with a mentor that suits their artistic discipline and development needs.

Participants in the project will include emerging Guelph-Wellington artists. They will have a discipline focus in visual or media arts, music, or cultural management.

The University of Guelph has instituted a vaccine policy for its students, staff, faculty, and campus visitors. As a project that is delivered in partnership with the University and involves its students and facilities, GEAMP will align with this policy. All participants and mentors must be fully vaccinated in order to participate in any in-person project activities. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or on other grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code should contact us.

GAC is grateful for support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project. The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory.

GAC is also grateful for the partnership of the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music.

Artist participants will be expected to:

1) Commit to attending program orientation on either Monday, October 4th 7:00pm or Thursday, October 7th 7:00pm at 10C Shared Space (42 Carden St. Guelph) or online.

2) engage in mentorship sessions with an established-artist mentor (4 – 6 hours per participant), who will share their own experience and perspective

3) collaborate with other project participants on a finale exhibition or performance, with support from mentors.

In leading the project, Guelph Arts Council will abide by its Code of Conduct and privacy policy, and expects its project partners, participants, and mentors to do the same.

Timeline: The Project will be implemented from September 24 to December 17, 2021. Participation in the project requires a commitment during this period to a minimum of four hours participation in mentoring sessions and to collaborative planning of a group exhibition project.

Location: Training,mentorship, and other project sessions will happen in accordance with provincial public health recommendations. They will take place in person, if possible, but GAC will assist in organizing online spaces for sessions if needed.

Application Process: By completing this application by Sunday, September 19, 2021 before 11:59 pm.

Application Requirements and Documents

  • Current CV or Artist Bio (max. 4 pages) that includes artistic activities for the past 12 to 18 months.
  • Three to seven images, MP3 files, or video links of previous work, if applicable
  • List of images, MP3 files, or video links: Include file names, title, description, medium/instrument, dimensions (if applicable), date completed or performed, if applicable
  • A brief letter (100 – 350 words) describing your interest in the project, your artistic and career goals, and how you expect to benefit from the project
  • An attestation that you are fully vaccinated

Applications Close: Sunday, September 19 at 11:59 pm

Artists will be notified by: Friday, September 24, 2021

If you would like assistance with your application or to submit a hardcopy of the application instead, please contact [email protected]

GEAMP - Mentee Application Form

Do you agree to commit to a minimum of four hours participation in the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project from September through November 2021.(Required)
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Max. file size: 40 MB, Max. files: 7.
    Up to 7 works.
    Max. file size: 40 MB.
    Please include a list with file names, title, description, medium/instrument, dimensions (if applicable), date completed or performed.
    Max. file size: 40 MB.
    (max. 4 pages) that includes artistic activities for the past 12 to 18 months.
    Max. file size: 40 MB.
    100 - 350 word letter describing your fit with the project and your artistic and professional goals.
    Are you able to commit to attending one or both of the following orientation dates?(Required)
    Attestation of vaccination against Covid-19
    Confidential. You may be asked to provide proof of vaccination upon entry into the program.

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