Call for City’s 2016 Artist in Residence Program

by jeremylukehill

The City of Guelph invites professional artists to submit proposals to be selected for the 2016 City of Guelph Artist in Residence program, a cultural initiative seeks to engage the community in creative experiences and embeds artistic activity in a variety of public spaces.

With the aim of strengthening connections between people and the places they share, and drawing inspiration through playful discovery and imaginative exploration, the City’s 2016 Artist in Residence program will develop a project that explores the role of art in urban placemaking. Placemaking is an urban design process that helps cities to achieve public spaces that are engaging, practical, and well designed.

The total budget for the 2016 program is $7,500 and is inclusive of all components of the project. Artists will be considered based on their previous body of work and experience, an assessment of their capacity to engage with the community, and their proven ability to deliver work of high artistic quality, on time and budget. A selection panel, comprised of members of City staff and the City’s Public Art Advisory Committee, will review proposals based on the project goals and selection criteria.

This project is open to all art forms including visual, literary or performing arts; architecture and design; or media arts such as sound, video or photography. Professional artists with a history of public presentation, exhibition and/or publishing are invited to apply by May 2.

Application information is posted on the City’s website at

For more information contact Jen Rafter, Cultural Program and Event Coordinator for the City of Guelph, at 519-822-1260 x2629 or