The Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project (GEAMP) is a unique opportunity for emerging artists to receive support in the critical transition into professional practice. This project is presented by GAC in partnership with the University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM).

Through the project, emerging musicians, visual artists, and cultural managers work with established-artist mentors to develop the professional networks, business and management skills needed for creative careers in Guelph. The collaboration has provided them with valuable opportunities to work creatively with each other and with established arts professionals, to promote their work, and to gain experience in curation, social media, marketing/publicity, graphic design, and more.

Participants in the project include SOFAM students and recent grads, as well as other emerging Guelph-Wellington artists. Participants have a discipline focus in visual or media arts, music, or cultural management.

The project launched in 2017 with support from the Ontario150 Partnership Project, and has continued with support from RBC. In each round, the emerging artists’ experience culminates in a group exhibition of their work that they plan, promote, and install with support from their mentors. Since 2017, the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project has paired 61 emerging musicians, visual artists, and cultural managers with established-artist mentors.

GAC and SOFAM are grateful for project support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established. Read more about the program here and view PDF release.

2021 Emerging Artist Mentorship Program

Watch one of our past participant’s speak to their experience in the program:

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