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Focusing on Nature: Photography in the Natural World

March 10, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Photograph of green leaf with caterpillar trails

A collaboration between Focus on Nature and Guelph Museums. Opening reception: Friday, March 23, 6:30 PM Photography provides new ways of seeing and understanding our local environment. Today’s technological, urbanized culture meets the natural world in this exhibition of digital photographs created by Guelph youth through Focus on Nature, a local organization that connects kids to nature through photography. The exhibition includes photographic artifacts from the Guelph Museums’ collection and from private collections. These historical objects combined with the digital…

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I STAND #InUnity

March 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - April 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Opening reception: Friday, March 23, 6:30 PM Of an estimated 4,200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in Canada, only 1,200 are recognized by the RCMP. On October 19, 2017 hundreds of people from Guelph gathered to demonstrate against this disparity and to demand a healthier shared future. Together they formed a human medicine wheel, in the colours of the four directions, to communicate that MMIW is a national issue, not just an Indigenous issue. Through words and pictures, this…

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Wall of Art: Guelph Pride 2018

April 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - July 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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White text overlaid on a rainbow photo reads LGBT2Q+ Pride. The photo behind the rainbow overlay is of a large group of people holding up signs that read "gay pride" etc.

Guelph Museums and the Guelph Arts Council are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from the LGBT2Q+ Community. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. In 2018, Guelph Pride celebrates 15 years of LGBT2Q+ culture and community. Guelph Museums marks this significant moment through an exhibition…

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Guelph Pride 2018: Celebrating 15 Years

April 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - July 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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White text overlaid on a rainbow photo reads LGBT2Q+ Pride. The photo behind the rainbow overlay is of a large group of people holding up signs that read "gay pride" etc.

In 2018, Guelph Pride celebrates 15 years of LGBT2Q+ culture and community in Guelph and Wellington County. Guelph Museums celebrates this significant moment through an exhibition that advocates for accessibility, inclusivity and historical knowledge among all LGBT2Q+ identified persons and their allies. Organized in timelines, we consider LGBT2Q+ human rights, the emergence of the Pride movement and the adoption of the rainbow as a signifier of diversity and inclusion, and Guelph’s own LGBT2Q+ stories. Co-presented by Guelph Pride, Guelph Museums,…

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Voices from the Engraver

June 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am - August 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Engraving tools laid on a dark brown background. A black and gold pen or chisel tool is on the right, a rolling wooden mallet tool is in the centre, a white paper with a sketch of a man's face is on the far left.

Experience the creative process, technical skill, and artistry that underlies the production of Canadian stamps and bank notes.

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Cursive: Reading and Writing the Old School Way

June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - September 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 6:30 PM In any style, cursive text, also known as handwriting, script, longhand, or running text, is the joining of the character symbols of language in a flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster and more efficient. Ancient cultures developed systems of writing that have evolved and persisted into the 21st century. Featuring artifacts selected from the permanent collection, this exhibition traces the history of penmanship, never more compelling than in the digital age.

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Brewing Changes Guelph

September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - February 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Exhibit installation view of Brewing Changes Guelph. The walls are painted red with various panels and cases around the room. A large cornerstone tablet is on display in the foreground.

Label illustration and design: Lind Design Brewing Changes Guelph examines the social and economic importance of brewing beer in the Royal City and the changes brought about by the rise, fall and resurrection of Guelph breweries. Whether one has worked in the brewing industry or has never tasted beer before, visitors will learn how brewing has benefitted and continues to benefit our city. The story begins with whiskey, early independent innkeepers and entrepreneurs, includes English immigrant brewers who established a…

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Indianized

March 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - May 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
Woodlands First Nations beadwork

Curated by Naomi Smith, the exhibition Indianized traces this nation’s colonial timeline while featuring Indigenous beadworks as creative expressions of survival, crafted by historical artists. Indianized also presents beadworks by Naomi and other contemporary artists, which reflect traditional beading techniques and imagery. Naomi shares her personal reflections throughout this exhibition of everyday objects that have been embellished in visually intriguing ways. This exhibition runs concurrently with Konnón:kwe.  About the Curator Native Artisan and Educator Naomi Smith had an early awareness…

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