City of Vancouver, Great Northern Way Scene Shop and Arts Factory Society are pleased to announce that The Arts Factory, a new cultural hub at 281 Industrial Avenue, will open its doors in August 2015. After two years of renovations, the City-owned building has been transformed from an old warehouse into a multi-disciplinary arts facility that will provide affordable studio and production space to a community of professional artists and arts organizations.
"City Hall is committed to expanding arts and culture spaces, making Vancouver even more vibrant and building on support for our local arts community and booming creative economy,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Council is proud to support this partnership to build a unique multi-disciplinary creative hub in a City-owned building - it helps meet Vancouver's huge need for new affordable workspace for artists.”
The Arts Factory is primarily geared to serve professional artists requiring industrial fabrication such as sculptures, painting, fabric, wood, and ceramics. The 21,000-square-foot industrial warehouse will include shared production and office space, as well as multiple artist studios and administrative “hot desks” for artists and professionals in the cultural sector.
The Arts Factory has re-launched an open selection process for artists and arts collectives interested in the studio space — encouraging a mix of emerging and established artists requiring industrial work space. Arts professionals and arts organizations are also encouraged to apply for the office space available in the facility. Individuals and organizations interested in studio and office space can view the application guidelines and submit a proposal on the Arts Factory website (www.artsfactorysociety.ca).
Report courtesy The Arts Factory.