Call to Artists: 2019 City of Guelph Artist in Residence

Call to Artists: 2019 City of Guelph Artist in Residence

Budget: $6,500
Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019

The City of Guelph invites professional artists or artist collectives to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to be selected for the 2019 City of Guelph Artist in Residence program.

Community engagement is at the heart of this program, which is open to artists practicing in all art forms including visual, literary or performing arts, architecture and design, or media arts such as sound, video or photography.

This call follows a two-stage selection process, the first being an Expression of Interest.

View the full Call to Artists

*This is not a live-in residency*

Program Goals

  • Creatively animate public space(s) – indoor, outdoor and online
  • Provide opportunities for artists to engage with the public and showcase their creative practices
  • Broaden the community experience of the arts
  • Contribute to placemaking and civic pride

The City of Guelph will provide

  • Assistance with any necessary permits for public space(s) (as appropriate)
  • Access to municipal facilities and venues
  • An opportunity for presentation and celebration at the end of the residency
  • A budget which includes artist fees and funding to cover other costs directly related to the project
  • Promotional support (coordination of media releases, social media and promotional materials such as posters, postcards, signage etc.)
  • Recognition of the artist as the official City of Guelph Artist in Residence

The selected artist will

  • Commit to engaging community members in creative experiences
  • Deliver the selected project within the program’s timeline and budget
  • Provide regular progress updates to staff
  • Be available to speak with the media
  • Attend a debriefing session at the end of the residency period

As part of the program, the artist will be expected to undertake a selection of the following, to be agreed upon between the City and the Artist over Culture Days weekend, September 27-29, 2019.

  • Public talk
  • Public workshop or activity
  • Public exhibition/display of completed work

Scope of Work

The artist’s project for this collaborative, community-based arts initiative should engage the residents and visitors of Guelph, add significance to civic spaces, and promote an appreciation of contemporary art practices.

Expressions of Interest should outline the project concept briefly and indicate if the project is intended for a specific location.

While the artist’s process is as important as the resulting artistic products, projects should produce an outcome such as, but not limited to, a temporary installation, performance, recording, creative collaboration, exhibition or community experience that can be shared and celebrated with the public.

Eligibility Requirements

Artists or artist collectives working in any medium or discipline are eligible to apply. Artists should have proven experience engaging the public and working collaboratively with community members or other artists. They must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, and be 18 years of age or older.

Previous City of Guelph Artists in Residence and City of Guelph employees are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to Guelph-based artists.

Fundraising activities are not eligible.

Program Timeline

The anticipated program timeline is outlined below and is based on a residency term of approximately 80 hours.

  • January 11, 2019 – Stage One submission deadline (4 p.m.)
  • February 1, 2019 – Selected candidates invited to apply for Stage Two
  • March 1, 2019 – Stage Two submission deadline (4 p.m.)
  • March 19-21, 2019 – Review of submissions and interviews*
  • July 1 – September 30, 2019 – Approximate residency period

*Applicants are asked to reserve these dates in their calendars

Selection Process and Criteria

The recommended artist(s) will be chosen through a two-stage selection process. The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee and City staff will review proposals based on program goals and selection criteria.

Stage One – Expression of Interest: Artists will be scored based on their previous body of work and experience; capacity to engage the community; ability to deliver work of high artistic quality on time and on budget’, as well as their artist statement including a preliminary project proposal that is realistic and achievable and has a vision for community involvement.

Stage Two – Request for Proposals: Three shortlisted artists or artist collectives will each receive a $250 honorarium upon submission of a detailed project proposal, timeline and budget as part of Stage Two. Shortlisted artists will also be invited to participate in interviews as part of the review process.

Full details about the application and selection process are available at

For additional information or questions please contact:

Jen Rafter, Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Public Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629