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What Could ARTSPACE Offer?

Exhibition, Retail, and Commercial Space

Exhibition, Retail, and Commercial Space

ARTSPACE will provide exhibition spaces and performance venues for artists to showcase their works. Retail spaces will include coffee shops, restaurants, gift shops and art supply stores.

Space for Arts Organizations

Space for Arts Organizations

ARTSPACE will provide administrative homes and meeting spaces for cultural organizations. New synergies will develop between creative industries to stimulate exploration, collaboration and growth.



Access to equipment and expertise in the Makerspace will encourage the community to explore and create. ARTSPACE memberships will provide access to the space and the tools, with mentoring artists offering a wide-range of workshops and hands-on learning.

Affordable space to work and live

Affordable space to work and live

Surrounding mixed income and multigenerational housing will promote diversity within the ARTSPACE development. Affordable work-live spaces will provide sustainable living for artists and community members.

Possible Locations

Saskatoon is one of a few Canadian cities of its size that does not have a dedicated space to ensure long-term affordable space for artists.
From Quidi Vidi, in St John'sNewfoundland and Labrador, to the Community Arts Centre in Vernon BC, artists are able to come together to work, create and collaborate. These facilities go beyond security for the artists. They are support for the industry that add billions of dollars into the Canadian Economy each year. In Saskatchewan the creation of cultural products generated $756 million of impact in 2010 alone, much of which was produced in basements, garages and unsafe working environments.

ARTSPACE is exploring a number of development opportunities within Saskatoon. The focus had been on the former city bus barns, located in Caswell Hill however it has become apparent that the location is best determined by the analysis of the needs of the artists and community partners. Factors such as size, accessibility, cost and availability/timing will be taken into account and then the appropriate location will be determined. The results of the survey currently being circulated will give us the information that we need to move forward on this exciting project.


Envisioning ARTSPACE:

See how similar projects have transformed communities

CSpace Calgary is an arts hub, innovative venue and coworking space. CSpace offers affordable, flexible and inspiring spaces that are responsive to the evolving needs of new artistic practices, missions and enterprises while delivering unique gathering places for all Calgarians


GoggleWorks Center for the Artslocated in Reading, Pennsylvania was a former manufacturing site for safety goggles.  Now, it houses galleries, studio artists, studios for the creation of virtual reality, ceramics, hot glass, warm glass, metalsmithing, photography, printmaking and woodworking, as well as a film theatre, a handcraft boutique and launchbox.  With over 250,000 visitors a year the project is a major creative center in the USA

The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learningis a redeveloped Morton Brewery & Distillery site  located in Kingston, Ontario.  It is a city owned facility that houses 9 arts organizations, 8 studio artists, multi-use rental spaces.  It offers classes, workshops, exhibitions, open houses and a variety of community activities.

The Convent, located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, is governed by an Elders Advisory Committee comprised of members of the 5 local Mi'kmaq communities along with an advisory committee of artists, tenants and members of the creative community.  It is an inclusive facility hosting 4 large arts organizations, 40+ independent artists/art collectives, 21 private studio spaces, an open lounge/cafe community kitchen and 22 furnished spaces in a large open studio.



  • We must put culture and place at the centre of building Canadian communities

    External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities (Harcourt) Committee
  • The SAA believes that the arts innovative and ARTSPACE's cultural hub would support creativity, artistic entrepreneurship, and collaboration across sectors. It would meet a need of Saskatoon artists and arts organizations and the benefit the city of Saskatoon by developing undervalued buildings as community assets, providing reasonably priced, permanent studio, rehearsal and performance space for working artists and arts organizations.

    Kelley Jo Burke, President, Past President, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance
  • Canada’s artists and cultural workers have much higher levels of formal education than the overall labour force. Yet, their average income is 32% lower than other workers. Artists are also much more likely to be self-employed and to hold multiple jobs. Economic challenges are particularly significant for retiring artists, most of whom have been unable to save any money for retirement. In spite of these economic challenges, artists are broadly acknowledged as catalysts of revitalization and of place making.

    Frédéric Julien, Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition
  • The advocacy body Americans for the Arts argues that cultural districts “help strengthen local economies, create an enhanced sense of place, and deepen local cultural capacity.” Canadian studies conducted by the Canadian Arts Presenting Association and Community Foundations of Canada found that cultural spaces and programming contribute to a sense of pride and a sense of belonging in the local community.

    Frédéric Julien, Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition
  • In our estimation, ARTSPACE will not only be a hub of creative impulse, creation and exploration but will offer an efficient infrastructure that could reduce duplication, enhance productivity and bring together, under one roof, education, creation, exhibition, and retail. How exciting a place it will be.

    Carmen Milenkovic, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Craft Council
  • Because of our close interaction with local artists on a day-to-day basis, we know that finding affordable working space is now a primary concern for many artists. Low availability and high rates for the few available spaces lead many artists to work from their home, thereby missing out on the tremendous creative energy that a vibrant and active shared space can generate. ARTSPACE's objective to provide affordable studio space would greatly contribute the alleviation of this problem.

    Levi Nicholat, MFA, The Gallery/art placement inc.

Our Team


Kathleen Crowther
Siobhan Morgan
Susan Pattison
Emma Williams
Betty Gibbon


M. Craig Campbell
Sandra Panko
Anthony Bidulka
Dave Denny
Terri Lemke
Sandra Grismer
Dwight Percy
Douglas B. Richardson, Q.C
Patricia Roe
Brian Turnquist
Ken Wilkinson
Jane Harington


Dean Bartsch, Station Studios
Edwards School of Business, U of S
Kari Fox, The Commercial Group
Glen Grismer, BSC, MA, PPS Professional Planner
Carmen Milenkovic, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Craft Council
Charles Olfert, aodbt Architecture
Tourism Saskatoon

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