Call to Artists: Rites of Passage

Wall of Art – Rites of Passage

Deadline September 12, 2016

The Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to open the call for submissions for the newest installment of the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph area artists including Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have locally as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience.

For the upcoming exhibition, we invite artists to explore their interpretation of the theme Rites of Passage. We have all experienced some rite of passage; an event, occasion, or ceremony. Why do we mark these moments? What is their significance, and how can it be expressed visually? We can’t wait to see what our local artists have in store for Rites of Passage.


This opportunity is open to artists living and practicing in Guelph, as well as members of the Guelph Arts Council*, who produce two-dimensional work in any medium, including painting, drawing, photography, mixed media and fiber. A maximum of two completed, original artworks may be submitted by each artist: submissions exceeding two works will not be considered. Works for this call must address the theme. All works must be ready for hanging, not be excessively heavy, and must be able to fit through an entrance of 6.5 ft. by 4 ft. Any technical needs for works must be provided by the artist.

*An artist membership for a year is only $30. Membership is not juried; everyone is welcome. Plus, you get all the other benefits that come with being a Guelph Arts Council member… come join us and see!

How to Apply

No need to email your application with attachments. Instead, please submit online through our handy form!

If you have limited use of the internet, you may mail or hand-deliver your application. Please print and fill out the one-page application and mail or deliver it with images of your work as digital images on flash drive or CD-ROM. Applications will be accepted via the online form or mailed or dropped off at our offices 147 Wyndham St N Suite 404, Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

All applications must be received by Guelph Arts Council no later than Monday, September 12*, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Please take note of our office hours (10-4 Tues-Fri) and submit early if you plan to submit offline. Late submissions will not be considered. Artists whose work is selected will be notified by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016. Space in Wall of Art is limited, and there is always more quality work than can fit in the show. If your work is not selected for this round, we encourage you to continue to apply for future exhibitions.

Accepted works must be delivered ready to hang to Guelph Civic Museum between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the week of September 27-30, by arrangement with Guelph Civic Museum. Following the exhibition, works must be picked up during the week of January 10—13, 2017, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by arrangement with Guelph Civic Museum.

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $139 CAD and an invitation to an exhibition reception at the museum on October 28, 6:30 p.m. (Fourth Friday, admission: free).

Key Dates

Deadline for submissions: Monday, September 12th 2016 // 11:59pm
Exhibition Run: Tuesday, October 4th 2016 to Sunday, January 8th 2017
Exhibition Reception at the Guelph Civic Museum Friday, October 28th 2016 // 6:30pm (Fourth Friday, admission: free)

Posted by Dawn Owen on August 16, 2016