Call for Expressions of Interest: City of Guelph Artist in Residence (AiR) Program

Deadline to apply: March 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Approximate Residency Period: July 1 – October 13, 2024

The City of Guelph invites artists and artist collectives to submit Expressions of Interest for the 2024 Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program.

AiR is an incubator for artistic creation, inspiration, and community connections. This program invites artists to consider how various members of community might witness, contribute to, engage with, and/or participate in their art. The residency prioritizes projects that creatively and accessibly animate public spaces. Artists practicing in all mediums and modes of expression are encouraged to apply. 

Two AiR projects will be awarded; one to an individual artist practice and one to a collective practice. Please see the full call to artists here for specifics on eligibility requirements. Artists may choose to focus on a single medium/discipline, to work in multimedia, or within an interdisciplinary practice, including but not limited to: 

  • literary arts (text-based expressions, spoken word, poetry) 
  • media arts (sound, video, animation, digital)
  • performance arts (visual, dance, music, theatre) 
  • visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media)

There are two stages in the AiR selection process: (1) Call for Expressions of Interest; and (2) Request for Proposals from short-listed candidates. To view all program details and application requirements, visit  

The project budget (managed by the artist) is $7,000 +HST (if applicable) and includes, but is not limited to, all costs associated with the creation and implementation of the residency project.

Note: this is not a live-in residency. Permits may be issued for temporary use of public spaces for artistic creation and presentation.

AiR Program Goals

  • Increase opportunities for artists while building the city’s reputation through arts and culture.
  • Creatively animate public space(s) – indoor or outdoor.
  • Provide opportunities for artists to engage with the public through creative practices.
  • Amplify under-represented voices to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts.
  • Nurture the community’s interest in the arts by broadening their experiences and opportunities to engage.
  • Cultivate connections between artist(s) in residence, the public, and their shared communities.
  • Share stories that reflect the place currently known as Guelph and the diverse experiences that have lived, live, and/or grow here.

To request an accommodation for the application process or for more information about the program, contact:

Cultural Programs and Events Coordinator

519-822-1260 extension 2629

[email protected]

TTY 519-826-9771 

View full submission requirement details and apply at

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