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Art Happenings in Guelph

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

Are you looking to stay involved in the arts this semester? Are you an art lover or artist yourself? If so, check out these exhibitions, gallery spaces, and opportunities for artists in and around Guelph coming soon this fall!

Art Spaces in Guelph

Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG)

Located at 358 Gordon Street, The Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) is one of Canada’s premier public art spaces, engaging audiences with innovative artists and ideas from around the world. 3 exhibits are starting September 17th, viewable in the link below.


Image detail: Carolina Caycedo, Serpent River Book / Libro Río Serpiente, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Guelph Civic Museum

"The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph's history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities. Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph's past to life." -Guelph Civic Museum

Upcoming Exhibitions: September 15, 2020 - July 25, 2021

Her Story: Trailblazers of Guelph and Wellington County

This is an exhibition that highlights the contributions of women and organizations/groups who have advanced the status of women by leading the way towards a diverse and gender inclusive community. Created in partnership with the University of Guelph College of Arts, Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, Canadian Federation of the University Women-Guelph, Women in Crisis Guelph-Wellington and the Zonta Club of Guelph.

The exhibition is also available online on the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory website.


Located at 46 Essex St, “Silence is dedicated to presenting sounds and musical practices that are diverse, challenging, sustainable and accessible through concerts, workshops and improvisation sessions.” They are currently available to schedule rentals, small gatherings, recording sessions, and classes.


Zavitz Gallery

Zavitz Gallery is the student run art gallery in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. It presents exhibitions of current work by students in the Undergraduate and Graduate programs at the school. Exhibitions for the fall semester are starting September 14.

If you’d like to apply, the website will be coming soon (keep posted)!


Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art is a gallery space located downtown Guelph that has digital catalogs located on their website (listed below), and a Youtube channel with a virtual tour of the new exhibit “Colour Possibilities” by Cheryl Ruddock. Appointments can now be made to visit the gallery in person.



Figure 1: “Temagami Smoke" Figure 2: “Dress (8)”

Necessary Arts

Necessary Arts is a great co-working space for creatives to work, learn and collaborate in downtown Guelph. "Being an artist means we are open to opportunity wherever and whenever something comes up... Necessary Arts Collective is here to offer an opportunity to ALL artists. We have a COVID-19 Pandemic Safe 14 foot gallery wall in front of our window. This means, you get the in-person, contactless, gallery experience, all from our window". They are located at 84 Wyndham St North. You can apply to The Window Gallery and apply to join Necessary Arts today using the links below!



GAC Digital Doors Open

Guelph Arts Council is presenting digital video tours of some of Guelph’s finest historically and culturally significant buildings and creative spaces. Different spaces will be released every week online until the end of September. Check them out here: https://www.guelphartsevents.com/visit-the-sites

MFA Exhibitions

Here is a link to thesis defence exhibitions by our talented Masters of Fine Arts students at the University. Current (including new!) MFA students also have an exhibition at Boarding House Gallery opening September 11, 2020.


Graphic by Connie Wilson.

Otherwise Studios

Otherwise Studios is studio, classroom, stage, gallery space, and anything you may need it to be! It is an amazing space in Guelph dedicated to art making and community building. It is run by two recent grads from the Studio Art program at the University of Guelph, Abby Nowakowski and Ahmri Vandeborne. Together, they make the artist collaborative, AHMRI + ABBY.

As an artist you can also apply to be a featured monthly artist.




Bumaroo is a collective of creative people who continuously amaze us by their dedication to showcasing emerging artists and musicians in the local community. The group is comprised of the following creatives:

Caleb Bray - Videographer

James Florio - Music Production, Bookings

Stephane Guenette - Merch, Bookings

Mike Hager - Money Man and Business

Lizzy Mikulich - Arts Co-ordinator, Design, Social Media

Carson Morrison - Merch, Music Bookings, Design

They have been hosting a music festival each year in Guelph since 2018 and will be hosting a livestream version of the festival this September 26th 1-5pm.



In June 2020, Otherwise Studious and Bumaroo launched their first CoCreate residency program. Check their website below to see the projects from the first CoCreate Residency that features works made in collaboration with artists and musicians.


Call For Artists

Studio Art Digital Residency Sign up Sheet

The Studio Art Instagram has weekly takeovers from students in the Studio Art program. These are referred to as digital residencies, where students share what they are currently working on, what they are interested in, and other fun stuff about the program. If you are a Studio Art Student, you can sign up for your digital residency here:


Guelph Arts Council Presents: the Emerging Artist Mentorship Program

"Connect with like-minded musicians, artists, and cultural managers in your community through the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Program! Deadline to apply is September 20, 11:59 PM" - Guelph Arts Council


Check out the GAC on Instagram to stay updated as they post new amazing opportunities like this one frequently!


Kaleidoscope Magazine!

We are always accepting submissions for our online content section and do a call for submissions each semester that goes into a published version of the magazine. Please do not hesitate to reach out, we are excited to feature what you are working on – in any field of the arts! To submit, visit our “SUBMIT” page.


Here is a letter from the 2020/2021 Editors with some more information about our new online content section of our website:


Creative related resources and spaces within Guelph

CAF K+A: Contemporary

Ed Video

Gordon Hill Press

The BookShelf

Eden Mills Writers Festival

Guelph Dance

Guelph Jazz Festival

Guelph Film Festival


Kazoo Fest

River Run Centre


We hope this inspires you to get involved!

Happy creating,

Katie Butt & Emma Ongman

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