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Save-the-Date for GAC Fall Workshops

Keep an eye on Arts Blast, guelpharts.ca, and our tweets and posts for registration details of at least two workshops this fall. First up is a co-presentation with Guelph Spoken Word and Meridian Credit Union on Weds Oct 31 (that’s right – Halloween), 1 pm, 10C Shared Space. If making art is your jam, but budgets and taxes not so much, you’ll want to come to this speedy (and not-too-spooky!) two-hour session, presented as part of the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, hosted in Guelph from October 28 – November 4.

Next up is another collaboration (we love our collabs at GAC!) with the School of Fine Art and Music, University of Guelph, and the Art Gallery of Guelph on Thurs Nov 15, 6 – 9 pm, at the AGG. We’re revisiting last year’s Opportunity Knocks session with a bit of a different spin. This year we’ll explore how creators can innovate in creating and pursuing opportunities. A group of diverse arts professionals will share their stories and lessons learned in an evening of conversation.

These professional development opportunities are intended for artists and arts workers of all disciplines. Hope to see you at these and other upcoming GAC events!

October is Member Month at GAC

In October, Guelph Arts Council is showcasing its members’ work and activities in the community gallery at 10C Shared Space. The exhibition will run from Oct 10 – 31. Regular hours are 9 – 5, Monday to Friday. Join us for an opening reception and Sharefest on Weds Oct 10 from 5:30 – 8 pm. GAC members will promote their season of events by sharing info on upcoming shows, even playing a snippet or performing a brief excerpt at the Sharefest. New to Guelph or thinking of joining GAC? Come on out – all are welcome!

In the meantime, don’t miss Lily Tran and Juilee Raje’s exhibition Unravelled – on now until Fri Sep 28.

GAC members are encouraged to respond to our ongoing call for exhibition proposals.

Reminder: Funding Available for Visual Artists and Youth Projects This Fall

GAC Exhibition Program @ 10C Shared Space – Call to Member Artists

October is all about GAC members.

GAC Artist and Organizational Members are invited to submit to a fall members’ show in the main floor gallery space at 10C Shared Space, GAC’s home at 42 Carden.

We know fall is a busy time for many of our artist members who are preparing to participate in the Guelph Studio Tour, Fair November, Creative Spark Winter Market, or other regional art exhibitions and sales. Promote what you’re up to this fall by submitting a sample of your work to GAC’s October member exhibition with an update on your fall activities. The gallery space at 10C is a highly visible, busy co-working space with many visitors.

Low-relief work that can be installed using the existing hanging system is appropriate for the space. Due to space restrictions, GAC will select from the submissions as necessary. GAC will treat members’ artwork with care and respect while it is in our care, but cannot assume responsibility for damage or loss. Dates and arrangements for installation, opening reception, and de-install will be announced.

Interested? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at GAC.

Guelph Arts Council Announces Deadline for 2018 Jane Graham Memorial Award

Guelph, ON – September 24, 2018 – In memory of Guelph visual artist Jane Graham, Guelph Arts Council offers an annual award to a regional visual artist(s) to pursue professional development opportunities. The 2018 application deadline is Monday, October 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm for paper applications and 11:59 pm for online applications. Any visual artist residing and actively practising in Guelph or Wellington County is encouraged to apply for opportunities that will be pursued after January 1, 2019. The award’s terms of reference and application instructions are posted at guelpharts.ca/resources-overview/gac-awards-bursaries. The award(s) will be announced in late fall 2018.

Jane Graham was a much loved and respected visual artist who lived and worked in the Guelph area for many years prior to her untimely death early in 2005. Working closely with the Graham family, later the same year Guelph Arts Council established a fund with donations made in Jane’s memory. The fund is managed by The Guelph Community Foundation. With annual fund revenue, Guelph Arts Council offers this award to support artists who wish to pursue opportunities that will contribute to personal artistic growth.

Annually, Guelph Arts Council appoints a volunteer award jury with representatives from the local visual arts community, Guelph Arts Council, the Graham family, and The Guelph Community Foundation. The jury reviews the applications and selects the award recipient(s).

Over the years, award recipients have included a scientific illustrator, an artist blacksmith, printmaker, multidisciplinary artist, bead artist, art quilter, filmmaker, photographer, illustrator, and painters. All of these individuals have indicated that the award helped them take their artistic work to the next level.

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About Guelph Arts Council:
For forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and our annual sponsor Meridian.

View the original media release here.

Guelph Arts Council Announces Call for Doors Open Guelph 2019 Site Submissions

Guelph, ONAugust 29, 2018 – Guelph Arts Council is excited to announce a call for site proposals for Doors Open Guelph 2019. Doors Open is a celebration of Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and historically or architecturally relevant sites. Presented annually by Guelph Arts Council since 2002, the program showcases Guelph’s hidden gems, as well as our community’s architecture, heritage, creativity, and innovation. The 2019 event takes place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Application instructions and criteria can be found here. Sites will be assessed on their architectural, cultural, historical or social significance; innovative design or technology; and capacity to contribute to a successful event.

In announcing the call for site proposals, Guelph Arts Council’s Executive Director Patti Broughton said: “On behalf of the Doors Open Guelph Steering Committee, I am pleased to invite potential sites in Guelph to apply to be part of 2019’s event. Participating in Doors Open is a great opportunity to share the story of your special place with residents and visitors who are keenly interested in this community.”

Doors Open Guelph is one of Guelph Arts Council’s longest-running programs. Its success is due to the hard work of volunteers, who work as Steering Committee members, tour guides, sweeps, greeters, counters, researchers, and more, as well as the support of event sponsors. For more information about site selection, volunteering, or event sponsorship, please contact Katie Wilde at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-836-3280.

Since its inception, Doors Open Guelph has been part of Doors Open Ontario, a province-wide initiative that celebrates community heritage. Doors Open Guelph has had the distinction of being the kick-off event for Doors Open Ontario each year.

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About Guelph Arts Council:
For forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and our annual sponsor Meridian.

View the original media release here.

 
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