What’s out There for Young Artists in Guelph?

By Elly Grant

Guelph is a special place for young artists.

Whether you’re like me and call Guelph home or are new to the area, there are endless opportunities for artists aged sixteen to twenty-five. I recently returned to Guelph after time away, and was proud to see many programs and artists continuing to thrive, with new opportunities for youth arts constantly emerging. Below, I hope to share some inspiring connections, possibilities, and words of encouragement for young creatives who wish to find their stride in Guelph’s interconnected arts community.  

Since landing back in Guelph, I reconnected with an old friend, high school classmate, and artist Laura Vautour. I was curious to know what motivated Laura to stay in Guelph and pursue Fine Arts at U of G. Laura explained that early introductions to events like Hillside and Graffiti Festival were influential to her relationship with Guelph’s art community, and led to her desire to expand connections both on and off-campus. Laura’s exposure to arts programs at Necessary Arts, Otherwise Studios and Art on the Street have been important experiences that have helped her feel supported and encouraged to build an arts career in Guelph. 

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Laura Vautour - Impasto - 2020 - Oil on Canvas - 30 x 30 x 1. One of Laura Vautour’s many incredible works featured in the Necessary Arts window gallery for the RAW Artist Initiative that occurred in summer 2021

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Support the Art, See the Art, Keep the Art: Temporary Collection comes to Guelph

By Elly Grant

If you are a local arts supporter, art collector, or arts advocate, you’ll want to pay attention to an exciting exhibition coming to Guelph this April.

Temporary Collection is a brand-new exhibition model that promotes, exhibits and distributes artworks already purchased directly from artists. The collection supports 70 local, national and international artists for a total of 150 new media and contemporary artworks featured in the exhibition.

To see the exhibition, you can purchase a ticket from a unique price structure, with tickets ranging between $15 - $1500. Each ticket is paired with a 15-minute time slot for a video tour of the exhibition guided by the curators. At the end of the tour, you choose an artwork to keep. The higher priced tickets get you in to see the show sooner, which means more artwork for you to choose from and take home.

A list of available artworks can be previewed on the exhibition website ahead of time, so that visitors can speculate on their favourite pieces they might want to add to their collection.  More artworks will be added March 23.

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A list of artists and works to be featured in Temporary Collection, a complete list can be found on temporarycollection.com

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Experience Guelph’s Stories Outdoors – Historical Walking Tours Begin April 25

Save the date! GAC’s 2021 Historical Walking Tours season launches Sunday, April 25. An annual Guelph tradition for over thirty years, the Historical Walking Tours highlight Guelph’s rich cultural, architectural, and social history through six featured tours. Led by a team of volunteer tour guides, the tours are an opportunity to learn the stories and history behind Guelph landmarks and popular walking routes. The cost is $8 per person and registration will be online through the guelpharts.ca event calendar. Spots are limited, and all participants must wear masks.

Keep an eye out for our posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram announcing the registration launch.

This season’s tours will kick off with Where Guelph Began on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 10 am. This tour encircles the original Market Square area, an area for both current and historic social and business life, where many of Guelph’s first buildings were built.

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Where Guelph Began Tour begins at Market Square on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 10 am. Undated photograph.

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Announcing Guelph Arts Hub: A new online space for the creative community

By Michael Crha

Throughout this pandemic year we have all been forced to find different ways of adapting. Particularly, we have embraced digital resources as a means of working, learning, and connecting with others. Guelph Arts Council understands the impact the pandemic has had on the arts community, and this has accelerated our move towards a new online space that will take the place of the current guelpharts.ca website. We are excited to announce the new Guelph Arts Hub, which is on track to launch in mid to late May 2021.

Guelph Arts Hub will:

  • Replace the current guelpharts.ca website
  • Be an accessible, user-friendly, and mobile-friendly site
  • Be a collaborative space for a diverse community of artists
  • Enhance artists’ profiles and increase their online sales and geographical reach
  • Be a platform to share artists’ and arts partners’ digital content
  • Be an environment to share digital programming, live and recorded
  • Connect members through online forums
  • Provide a robust arts calendar and search tool
  • Amplify GAC’s arts education role

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A new and improved guelpharts.ca is coming soon. How will the website look?

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