Vancouver Artist Studio Awards Program offers professionals free and low-rent creative space

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      The City of Vancouver has invited applications from professional artists for seven low-cost or no-cost studio spaces.

      The Vancouver Artist Studio Awards Program will make the studio or live-work space available from 2015 to 2018.

      The peer-reviewed process is open to Vancouver-based artists who demonstrate talent and financial need.

      Applicants can have expertise in a wide range of art forms, including visual arts, dance, literary arts, theatre, and media arts.

      According to a city news release, one live-work studio and one work-only studio are being offered for free.

      The other five studios, four of which have living accommodations, will be available at rents ranging from $300 to $470 per month. A maximum of two people are permitted to occupy live-work studios.

      The only live-work studio with a bedroom will be aimed at an artist with a child.

      On August 16, the city will hold open houses so applicants can view the premises.

      The deadline for applications is September 5.

      Studio 1 is a 530-square-foot live-in suite on the third floor at the corner of East 4th Avenue and Scotia Street in Mount Pleasant. It's being offered for free and includes a washer and dryer, concrete floors, fridge, stove, and northeast-facing window.

      Studio 2 is a one-bedroom split-level unit at West 8th Avenue and Cambie Street. This 960-square-foot suite will rent for $375 per month and includes a fridge, stove, washer, dryer, and 140-square-foot deck, as well as a parking stall.

      Studio 3 is a 1,075-square-foot unit at East Pender Street near Clark Drive, renting for $440 per month. It includes a fridge, stove, dishwasher, security alarm, and 300-square-foot loft, as well as a parking stall.

      Studio 4 is at Marine Drive and Cambie Street, renting for $470 per month. The 1,150-square-foot unit includes a fridge, stove, washer, dryer, storage area, 410-square-foot loft, and a west-facing garden patio. It also has a parking stall.

      Studio 5 is a 910-square-foot unit renting for $375. It's also at Marine Drive and Cambie Street and includes a fridge, stove, washer, dryer, storage area, 295-square-foot loft, west-facing garden patio, and parking stall.

      The work-only studios are both at West 6th Avenue and Fir Street. One rents for $300 per month and the other one is free. Both are 400 square feet and include a parking stall.


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      gina bastone

      Jul 29, 2014 at 12:10am

      I am a low income artist. (redundant) how do i get on the list??????

      Gina Bastone

      Jul 29, 2014 at 12:14am

      Theatre Mask maker. Low income. Special needs son to support. Have photos and resume of a life long dedication to my art. What do I do next?

      Martin Dunphy

      Jul 29, 2014 at 12:19am


      Click on the city link in the story above. All the info is there. Good luck, you are a perfect candidate (and a very funny person).

      Sherry Cooper

      Aug 1, 2014 at 10:18pm

      Gina is an amazing artist and I hope her application is successful. We need to give artist like her an opportunity to grow and thrive.