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Culture Days will return September 22 – October 15, 2023.

Reshaping Ruins presented by Guelph's Artists in Residence

Goldie Mill Ruins

Guelph, ON

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Digital & new media

Film & video



Experience the Goldie Mill Ruins brought to life through light, art, and sound! Reshaping Ruins is an interactive art project that nurtures the community’s connection between the historic past and vibrant present of Goldie Mill Ruins. The project will reanimate Goldie Mill by bringing community-made visual art, poetry, and music into the space. The project began with a call for poetry, with the winning submission by Jeremy Luke-Hill being used as the text for a choral composition, based on the creative prompt "How does it feel to experience an old space in a new light?" Local singers of all experience levels were invited to an interactive workshop where they learned, performed, and recorded the choir piece. The choral recordings were then manipulated into a more abstract, ambient track to be played during the exhibition to inspire the visual art component. The culminating exhibition will feature collaborative painting projections, light, and sound. The projection will consist of abstract and gestural painting, paired with video footage of life in Guelph. The collaborative painting will mix with the music, and animate the sounds flowing through the space, while the videos will highlight the movements of people and nature in Guelph bringing the motion of life into the ruins. The works will be projected in real-time as the audience interacts with the space, casting shadows onto the old building and bringing it to life with movement. This project is created by Guelph's 2022 Artists in Residence - Sophia Chilton, Caleb Bray, and Silas Chinsen.

Sat 24 Sep
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Reshaping Ruins

This event is free.

Organized by

City of Guelph Museums & Culture

Guelph Museums and Culture exists to: * Collect and protect artifacts, artworks and stories that reflect our community * Share the collections and stories − locally, nationally and internationally − through exhibition, interpretation, and online access * Provide inclusive, accessible, interactive, and enlightening experiences * Nurture interest and engagement in history, art and culture * Cultivate a connection to place, with focus on the tangible and intangible cultural landscape unique to Guelph Guelph Museums and Culture is pleased to commission this activation for Culture Days in support of our local artists and in service of our local community and beyond. In Guelph we’re grounded in community and our deep connection to the environment. We look out for one another, celebrate our diversity and smile at each other in the streets. We are leaders who shape tomorrow. We tackle local and global challenges through innovation, art and action. And we’re committed to inclusive prosperity – because together, we’re stronger.

This event is part of a hub:

That's So Guelph!

City of Guelph Guelph, ON

Where art meets heritage meets a passion for the natural environment, That's So Guelph! Our creative community embodies values that define Guelph - curiosity, compassion, innovation, collaboration, diversity, environmentalism, and activism....




This event is wheelchair accessible, and has gender-neutral washrooms.