The Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) and Guelph Museums invite you to contribute to Living Rooms, a new community art project aimed at documenting the lived experience of people living in and around Guelph during the COVID-19 isolation period. Since isolation measures took effect, we have come to understand our living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and home offices as new landscapes imbued with love and longing, comfort and discomfort.
To participate, submit a digital image of a drawing, painting, sculpture or photograph of your isolation “homescape” by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, and phone number by August 1, 2020. Artists and art lovers of all ages are welcome to submit.
Submissions will be featured in a digital catalogue that will be produced by the AGG and archived by Guelph Museums as part of their Rapid Response Collecting program. The catalogue will be launched in conjunction with the unveiling of the AGG’s latest permanent sculpture installation later this year. In 2019–2020, the AGG commissioned graphic novelist and artist Seth to design the 40th sculpture for the Donald Forster Sculpture park. Reminiscent of the artist’s carefully crafted ceramic house-boxes, miniature playsets, and the Dominion City maquettes, Living Room will be Seth’s first public sculpture. Details about the unveiling will be announced at a later date.
About the Art Gallery of Guelph
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. Through a rigorous and collaborative artistic program that positions visual culture in an ever-changing cultural landscape, the gallery supports social exchange and shapes public discourse. Located in one of Canada’s most innovation-rich and socially engaged urban environments, the AGG offers compelling artistic encounters and contributes to a thriving national artistic climate through global connections that foster and proliferate creativity and imagination.
About Guelph Museums
Guelph Museums collects, preserves, and shares the stories of our community, nurturing a sense of place and acting as a hub where history, art and culture meet to engage, inform, and inspire. At three sites – Guelph Civic Museum, McCrae House National Historic Site, and Locomotive 6167 – Guelph Museums offers engaging exhibitions, innovative programming, and inclusive spaces in which visitors are encouraged to share their own stories. For more information, visit guelphmuseums.ca or follow Guelph Museums on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Image detail: Seth, Private Suite (1/6), 2017, ceramic furniture and house-box, Art Gallery of Guelph Collection