Guelph Arts Council has new art brochure

The Arts Coun­cil here has announced the release of its revised edition of A Guide to Public Art in Guelph.

First published in 1998 with an update in 2002, the brochure features a sampling of works of public art in the city, including many in downtown and Uni­ver­sity of Guelph locations, in local churches and other areas of the city. Historical and con­temporary works are high­light­ed. It is a publication that resi­dents and visitors can use to discover some of Guelph’s ar­tistic treasures.

The publication of the brochure marks the completion of the public art awareness project that Arts Council launched in the summer of 2008.

Also part of the project was the compilation of an inventory of public art in Guelph and research to support the devel­op­ment of a municipal public art policy. The overall aim of the project was to build greater awareness of and appreciation for public art in Guelph, and to draw attention to the role art can play in creating a sense of place which, more and more, is considered to be the making of great cities.

It is also Arts Council’s hope the project will have the longer-term effect of encour­aging the creation of new pub­lic art as part of civic and other building plans, as well as in­creasing support for and recog­nition of local artists as key players in Guelph’s uniqueness.

The public art inventory can be viewed at the Guelph Arts Council office, 147 Wyndham Street North – Suite 404. Cop­ies of the brochure are also avail­able at the office or at various retail and other outlets in the community.