Project Proposals Wanted

Project Proposal for artist interventions in St.George’s Square.

Photograph appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives. St George’s Square, 1951 (F38-0-7-0-0-9)

Photograph appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives. St George’s Square, 1951 (F38-0-7-0-0-9)

CALL FOR INTERVENTIONS from artists, designers, architects, researchers, students, writers and community members

Submission Deadline: Friday June 14, 2013, 4 PM
Announcement of Selected Projects: Friday June 28, 2013
Photograph appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives. St George’s Square, 1951 (F38-0-7-0-0-9)

Musagetes is an international organization that strives to make the arts a more central and meaningful reality in peoples’ lives, in our communities and societies. Guelph is our home—this is where we live and work. Musagetes established its offices here in 2009 because the city has rich and nuanced cultural and socio-political conditions that make it an exciting location for cultural experimentation. We are also actively working in Rijeka on the coast of Croatia, Lecce in the south of Italy, and Sudbury, in northern Ontario to demonstrate how art can be participatory and socially engaged, to establish a greater sense of belonging in communities.

Musagetes invites proposals from the Guelph community for new artistic interventions in St. George’s Square in September and October 2013. Selected artistic interventions will receive a fee of $1500 and production budget of $3500, as well as promotion and production support from Musagetes.

The interventions in St. George’s Square might be re-situations, reminders or recognitions of this heart of the city at a time when the centre of social activities in Guelph’s downtown has recently moved to the nearby Market Square. The buses are now close to the VIA Rail/GO Transit station, and there is a new ice rink and splash pad in front of City Hall. People who previously used St. George’s Square as their favorite outdoor meeting place are attracted to these new downtown features. Is St. George’s Square still a public space for gathering or has it become just another traffic artery through the centre of the city? What makes public space useable or defunct? At its most productive, public space is democratic: a place where multiple groups, perspectives, and voices converge, discuss, disagree and learn from each other. We encourage interventions that foster conversations and critical thinking about the conflicting perspectives of public space—in Guelph in particular, and as an idea in general. Applicants are encouraged to consider experimental forms of and approaches to working in public space including but not limited to: live performance, dance, music, public debate, participatory practice and temporary sculpture.

If you are interested, here is the application.
Musagetes PDF application.

Contest | Publishing opportunity


Studies by Undergraduate Researchers at Guelph (SURG) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed undergraduate journal on campus, published twice yearly. You can see us here: We are seeking photo submissions to serve as artwork for our front cover. The winner, selected from all entries submitted, will have their photo featured on the front cover of SURG, as well as receive a $10 Hospitality Services gift card. We are selecting TWO winners – one for our Fall 2012 edition (to be published December 2012), and one for our Winter 2013 edition (to be published April 2013).

Contest rules:

1. One submission per student please! Pick the image you like best.

2. Please email your photo to (or contact us if you have any questions). If the attachment for a high quality photo is too big, feel free to reduce image size. If you are selected as a winner, we will contact you and you can submit a higher resolution photo to us via USB.

3. We aren’t looking for a specific theme, so be creative! However, we would prefer a COLOUR photo, and unfortunately, no people can be featured (due to privacy protection laws for online publications).

4. Images are due to by December 12th at 11:59 pm. These entries will be considered for both the Fall 2012 and the Winter 2013 contests, and TWO winners will be selected (one for each of the two issues).

Good luck to everyone!

Portfolio possibility | Volunteer opportunity

This is from Jessica Patterson.
If you are interested contact Jessica at pattersj at

I’m currently a volunteer with the Teenage Parenting Program (TAPPs) run by the YMCA. We are always looking for fun and/or education things to do with the girls to keep them coming to the program and to get new girls to come out. I thought it would be a fun idea to do Christmas portraits of the children for the moms to have, as many cannot afford to get these done professionally.

We were thinking of setting up a small for a Christmas themed set for portraits to be taken of each child. We would really love it if we could find a student who is talented in photography to take these photos for us. The date would be Thursday December 1st for no more than four hours in the evening, although it will not likely take this long to take the pictures. This is a drop in program so we may not know the number of participants exactly. Our best guess is anywhere between 5 and 12 girls.

We thought this would also be a great opportunity for any students looking to add to their portfolio and get some volunteer experience. My self, my supervisors and all the girls would really appreciate anyone who is willing to come out and help us with this.