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by Katie Wilde and Guelph Museums

There’s a new(ish) art event in town, and there are only two days left to apply to be one of the artists or historians making this nuit-blanche-style event a truly awesome night!

Last year saw the first iteration, known as the Guelph190: History@Night Party. Attendees of the inaugural event roamed the Guelph Civic Museum building and grounds, taking in installations which tied into Guelph history, such as a pop-up exhibit about Charles Raymond and his sewing machine factory, or summer backyard theatre with Jay Wilson.

This year, you’ll know the event by the name Doors Open After Dark, (or Guelph 191: After Dark), which will celebrate Guelph’s 191st birthday with history and art activations at and around the Civic Museum from 9pm to 1am on the night of April 21, 2018.

This free event, coinciding with Doors Open Guelph, is aimed at creating opportunities to connect, explore and engage the community with history in unique ways.

Submissions for Guelph 191: Doors Open After Dark are encouraged to explore Guelph’s history and identity through themes of reconciliation, immigration, landscape, culture, and innovation.

This is a paid opportunity, open to individual historians and artists, as well as collectives and groups. Preference will be given to residents of the City of Guelph and Wellington County.

Installations will be selected and presented through an open call process. A jury, formed by Guelph Museums, will select the featured installations.

Applicants who agree to create a site-specific project in public space, which responds to the theme and occurs during the event hours will be considered. The museum is also interested in considering projects that may also have a presence during the day, April 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM, as part of Doors Open Guelph (presented by Guelph Arts Council).

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Applicants are asked to include a description of the project/installation, how it will engage the audience, and any details that will help the jury to visualize the project’s execution. The jury will also need to know an applicant’s honorarium expectation, and material fees if required.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM Thursday, March 29, 2018. See the call and application for full details and requirements. For more information, contact Val Harrison, Supervisor, Visitor Experiences, at 519-836-1221 x 2773 or [email protected] 

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