The purpose of this project is to create a mural that expresses and honours Guelph and Wellington County's history of exceptional dedication to civic engagement and volunteerism, while creating a means of engaging local volunteers in the process of creation.
A local artist or collective will be selected to create artwork that engages volunteers from the Volunteer Centre's member agencies in its design and/or production. The form and level of volunteer engagement in the creation of the artwork is at the discretion of the artist and could include, but is not limited to, a production event, research support, or individual submissions. Artists are encouraged, but not required, to include volunteers in a production event during National Volunteer Week (April 23 – 29).
Images and historical research could be sourced from the archives at the Guelph Public Library, the Wellington County Museum and Archives, or the University of Guelph Archives.
The original artwork will be completed during National Volunteer Week, April 23 - 29, 2017. At this time the Volunteer Centre will release a sneak peek of the project to the community via social and traditional print media. In June, a large-scale reproduction will be mounted as a mural at 46 Cork St. E in Downtown Guelph and publicly launched for Canada's sesquicentennial celebration.
The artist should also take inspiration from the vision and mission of the Volunteer Centre:
The Volunteer Centre’s Vision is that everyone engages in building a vibrant, healthy, resilient community. We believe that every member of our community has both an opportunity and the ability to build the community in which they live, work and play in a way that is meaningful to them.
The Volunteer Centre’s Mission is to provide resources and leadership to enable the development of people and organizations. We believe that if we were 100% successful in our activities, everyone would know how to get involved in building our community and would have the resources, skills and support to do so. We believe that when people and organizations are supported and strengthened, amazing things happen.
Through this project, the Volunteer Centre and Guelph Arts Council will honour Guelph and Wellington County's historic dedication to civic engagement, and its current volunteers, with the help of a local artist. It is timely to celebrate volunteerism in Guelph at the milestone of Canada's sesquicentennial with a project that will create community connections and thank volunteers for their many contributions.
Artwork in all media will be considered. The final reproduction may be of any two-dimensional shape and range in total size from 66 to 83 square feet. The original artwork must be of an appropriate medium, size, and resolution for effective digital reproduction on metal at this scale. Artists are invited to contact Guelph Arts Council or the Volunteer Centre with questions about the fit of their proposal.
The selected artist or collective will be expected to sign an agreement with the Volunteer Centre that details each party’s responsibilities. The selected artist or collective will be expected to: attend and lead any production events, attend and speak at launch events, and be available for media interviews related to the project.
The original artwork will become the property of the Volunteer Centre, and the selected artist or collective will be required to give permission for the reproduction of the original work for specific purposes. The Volunteer Centre acknowledges that the copyright of the artwork resides with the artist, and will request permission and/or purchase the rights to reproduction for any purposes not specified in the project agreement.
The total budget for artists’ fees and materials is $6,000. Proposals must include all costs associated with the production of the original artwork, including but not limited to artists’ fees, volunteer engagement, research (if applicable), and materials. Expenses related to venue rental, food and beverage, and marketing for production and/or launch events, and for producing and installing the reproduction, will be covered by the Volunteer Centre.
By submission of Supporting Documents by Wednesday, March 15, 2017, before 11:59 p.m.
Current CV or Artist Bio (max. 4 pages) that includes artistic activities for the past 12 to 18 months. Collaborative groups may apply together. Please combine individual CVs into one document before uploading a single file.
Five to ten images of proposed or previous work. Please include at least one image of your proposed mural design, as well as a minimum of four images of previous work.
List of images: Include file names, title, description, medium, dimensions, date completed.
Project proposal: 250-500 word proposal describing the artwork’s fit with the community’s history of volunteerism, the vision and mission of the Volunteer Centre, and its appropriateness for the location. The proposal must reference previous projects including the artist’s capacity to deliver on time and on budget. Previous experience with collaborative or community arts projects is an asset. The proposal should outline the number of volunteers that will be engaged, any skills required, and the nature of the volunteers’ contributions. If a production event is proposed, venue recommendations may be included.
Project budget: include all costs associated with the production of the original artwork, including but not limited to artists’ fees, volunteer engagement, research (if applicable), and materials. Please see the Budget section for information about costs covered by the Volunteer Centre.
Please include three professional references.
Call closes March 15, 2017
Selected artist will be announced by March 25, 2017
Production event, if included, will take place between April 23 - 29, 2017
Installation of final mural reproduction will be completed by June 28, 2017
Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington
Guelph Arts Council