Emerging visual and media artists, musicians, and cultural managers in Guelph and Wellington County are invited to apply to the Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Project. This opportunity will support young artists aged 18 to 25 in the critical transition from post-secondary education to professional life.
Through the project, young artists will work with established-artist mentors and community curators to develop the professional networks and business and management skills needed for creative careers in Guelph.
The participants in the project will intend to base their professional practice in Guelph or Wellington County. They will include SOFAM fourth-year students and recent grads, as well as young Guelph artists from other schools.
In launching this project, GAC and SOFAM are grateful for support from the Ontario150 Partnership Program.
The project aligns with the Program’s goal of celebrating the sesquicentennial with collaborative projects that engage youth and encourage cultural expression.
Eligibility: Young artist participants will:
- have a discipline focus in visual or media arts, music, or cultural management
- be between 18 – 25 years of age
- be enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, a related post-secondary arts program
- intend to base their professional practice in Guelph or Wellington County.
Expectations: Young artist participants will be expected to:
1) engage in mentorship sessions with a trained established-artist mentor (4 hours total per young artist), who will share their own experience and perspective
2) collaborate with other project participants on a finale exhibition or performance, with support from mentors.
In leading the project, Guelph Arts Council will abide by its Code of Conduct and conflict of interest policy, and expects its project partners, participants, and mentors to do the same.
Timeline: The Project will be implemented in two rounds corresponding to the University of Guelph’s Summer and Fall semesters. The Summer semester runs May 11 – August 4, and the Fall semester from September 7 – December 1. Participants may apply for Summer or Fall.
Location: SOFAM and/or GAC will provide space for training and mentorship sessions.
Process: By completing this application by Sunday, September 24, before 11:59 pm.
Current CV or Artist Bio (max. 4 pages) that includes artistic activities for the past 12 to 18 months.
Three to seven images, MP3 files, or video links of previous work.
List of images, MP3 files, or video links: Include file names, title, description, medium/instrument, dimensions (if applicable), date completed or performed.
A brief letter (100 - 350 words) describing your interest in the project, your artistic and career goals, and how you expect to benefit from the project
Proof of enrollment or graduation from a related post-secondary arts program.
Call closes: Sunday, September 24 at 11:59 pm
Guelph Arts Council
Guelph Arts Council @ 10C Shared Space, Unit 1B - 42 Carden Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3A2