Building the world we want to live in, one studio, community, and city at a time.
Whoever you are, wherever you’re coming from, we want you to feel that this space is for you. From the physical design of our studio (fostering wellness through plants and natural light, balancing private and open areas) to the policies that shape Workshop’s culture and the content of our programming, we have worked to cultivate a safe and inspiring place for all. We welcome a diversity of ages, races, socio-economic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities as we build and celebrate unpretentious creative community in Calgary.
Our approach to sustainability is holistic. When we consider the reach and longevity of Workshop Studios’ impact on the world, we consider our viability as a business, our own individual creative wells, and the health of our broader community, in addition to environmental concerns. Our studio is structured to feed itself financially, with profits from classroom and event spaces subsidizing artists’ rent and providing valuable employment opportunities. We are proud of the role we play in local economic development and the empowerment of female-run businesses. We are consistently striving to reduce our studio’s environmental impact by offsetting our carbon footprint, supporting small-scale food-production and beekeeping in our outdoor spaces, advocating for a ban on single-use plastics, and reducing and recycling waste wherever possible.
Each creative person has a unique practice and vision. Our mandate is to foster their artistic growth and small business development by providing affordable space and tools to support them in their journey. We continuously invest in our facility and equipment, promote Workshop artists through social media as well as local markets and festivals, sell their wares in our storefront, host free studio visits with notable artists and curators, facilitate peer review, and share opportunities such as calls for gallery show applications and commission inquiries.
We recognize that our goals and aspirations are ambitious, and that the values driving our work don’t necessarily create the easiest way forward. We wouldn’t have it any other way. We will continue to grow and invest in Workshop Studios, believe in the community and momentum building around us, see opportunity in challenges, and embrace the unexpected.
When it comes to art, culture, and community building, there is so much good work being done in Calgary. We embrace opportunities to serve other audiences by actively partnering with a significant number of established local organizations and businesses, including The Esker Foundation, The Calgary Humane Society, Market Collective, VivianeArt, Plant, and the Gumisistiy Tsuut’ina Youth Art Program.
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