In February 2021 Guelph Arts Council staff were approached by supporter Jason Nadon, who shared an idea for an award for Guelph artists that would bring together artistic creation with themes of heritage and community. This award will provide artists with the funds to research and interpret local stories and histories, to engage with Guelph residents through their artistic projects, and to build community connections. 

Who is Eligible

Anyone living or working in Guelph’s creative sector is invited to submit proposals for creative projects that engage community archives, collections or other resources in researching and interpreting local stories.

What is Eligible

Any project that engages with themes and research related to regional history, culture and storytelling. We are open to any and all disciplines (visual art, dance, music, literary arts, etc.) Proposals do not need to include a fully realized artistic project but rather a specific topic or theme to explore in their research, what medium they would like to work within, and a general idea of what their final project could entail. We encourage artists to apply with a potential research partner in mind (details found below).  

Amount of Award

This grant will fund one or more projects of $500-$1500.

How to Apply

Artists are welcome to apply through our online application form below. If you would like a hardcopy application form, please contact [email protected]

Deadline for Application

Applications must be received no later than November 1st, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Selections will be made by a jury and applicants will be notified by January 1st,  2022.

Submission Requirements: 

  • General contact Information 
  • Research Project Proposal (max. 700 words – see below for more details) 
  • 5 -10 samples of your work as images, videos, audio files, documents, or other digital files
  • Bio and/or CV 
  • Project Budget (See below for more details)

Proposal Details

Please submit a written proposal (max. 700 words) outlining the specific topic(s) or theme(s) you wish to explore in your artistic research, the medium(s) you would like to work within, a general outline of what your final project could entail and any potential resources you will need to conduct your research.

Potential research partners could include: Guelph Black Heritage Society, Guelph Museums, Out on the Shelf, Guelph Public Library, The University of Guelph Archives, etc. 

Budget Details 

An budget of expenses required to implement the project. Expenses could include, but are not limited to: materials, resources, installation fees, artist fees, space rental, travel and more. Please contact [email protected] with any budget-related questions. 

If you have any questions about the Research and Renewal Award please attend our Q&A session on October 26th at 7:00pm through this Zoom link: .

Questions can be submitted by email in advance to [email protected]

Research and Renewal Award Application

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