Learning Series Returns to York Region!


Register today for our Space Rentals Workshop Series!

We know many organizations rely on rental revenues to support their creative operations. That’s why ArtsBuild Ontario is proud to present the Learning Series – a collection of learning opportunities for arts facilities around ArtsBuild’s core programs, including SpaceFinder! This webinar and workshop series will help support arts organizations and their creative spaces.

We are excited to bring the second of a two-day series of workshops back to York Region!

Managing Risk in Space Rentals
Wed. November 15 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cost | $20.00 + HST
Location |  Elgin West Community Centre, Woodland Room
(11099 Bathurst Street | Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0N2)

What does it mean to manage risk in your rental space? What is your organization’s attitude toward potential hazards?

In this half-day workshop, we will cover what arts and creative venues need to know about operational, financial and legal risk when it comes to renting out space.

Our Managing Risk in Space Rentals workshop is open to all arts and creative venues currently offering space rentals. This workshop also serves as a useful tool for smaller/newer rental spaces expecting to grow and expand.

This is the second workshop of a two-part series of workshops on the topic of space rentals hosted by ArtsBuild Ontario in partnership with WorkInCulture.

Register Here!

Have questions about the Learning Series? Contact eilidh@artsbuildontario.ca!

Office Space Available at 44 Gaukel!

Are you an artist or in cultural industries? Looking for affordable office space? Want to work alongside other creative organizations?

44 Gaukel 2nd floor is home to more than 7 artists / arts organizations and shares the 11,000 square foot space with technology start-ups, shared bookable spaces and a rentable rehearsal space.

100.8 sq. ft. FURNISHED interior office space available! $350/month + HST – short term and yearly leases available!

Convenient location in downtown Kitchener steps from transit, City Hall and Victoria Park!


• Desk and chair for office tenants

• Fiber internet (suitable for VOIP)

• Coffee/tea service and kitchen amenities

• Cleaning service

• 24/7 access to your space

• Bookable board room, meeting room

• Access to rentable rehearsal space

If you are interested in renting, viewing the space or have any questions, please contact eilidh@artsbuildontario.ca

Find more details about the space here!

Call for Submissions | O GALLERY @ 44 GAUKEL

The O Gallery @ 44 Gaukel was created to provide public exhibition space for emerging and community artists in the City of Kitchener. A joint project of ArtsBuild Ontario, the City of Kitchener and supported by co-tenant the Accelerator Centre, the O Gallery @ 44 Gaukel offers a flexible space open to most artistic media and artists of all ages and experience.

Visual artists of all calibres are invited to submit proposals for the O Gallery @ 44 Gaukel for 2017-2018.

The O Gallery @ 44 Gaukel is available for 3-month or 6-month residencies by solo artists, collectives or community groups. More than one artist/collective may be selected to exhibit.

44 Gaukel is open 9-5 Monday to Friday. We encourage you to come see the O Gallery before submitting your proposal so that you are familiar with the space and the hanging equipment provided!

Please download the Call for Submissions application. Return completed applications to eilidh@artsbuildontario.ca with 6 to 10 examples of your work.


Having trouble with the form? Check out our Eligibility and Submissions Guidelines or contact eilidh@artsbuildontario.ca!

Announcing the ABO Vendor Directory!

…Now accepting vendor registrations!

ABO is excited to announce the soft launch of our newest online service – the ABO Vendor Directory!

The ABO Vendor Directory connects service providers (YOU!) with the creative sector! The ABO Vendor Directory allows arts organizations and creative spaces to find the vendors and service providers they need to support their creative spaces. This can include everything from engineers to contractors, to lighting and janitorial services!

The ABO Vendor Directory provides vendors with an opportunity to reach a unique audience of creators and their spaces. Vendors who have or are interested in working with this unique sector can highlight their services to arts organizations – who are actively looking for professionals to support their needs!

Why did we create the Vendor Directory?

We created the vendor directory because many arts organizations have expressed a need for an online resource to find professionals to support their organizations and creative spaces. Our goal is to make it easier for arts organizations to find the professionals they need, and for vendors to serve the sector.

Please share the news about ABO’s Vendor Directory widely with your network!
Have questions about the site or need help signing up? Contact Eilidh Fisher at 519.880.3670 ext 101 or vendor@artsbuildontario.ca.

Read more! 

Energy Case Study: Canadian Automotive Museum



In 2016, ArtsBuild Ontario offered a one-time grant for energy conservation projects, as part of our Energy Conservation Program. We were pleased to offer the grant to eight arts organizations, all taking on a new renovation or project that would result in lowering their monthly energy use.

One of our grant recipients was the Canadian Automotive Museum located in Oshawa, Ontario. They completed a lighting retrofit project in the lobby and gallery in their museum. Several months after completing the project, we followed up with Executive Director and Curator Alexander Gates to see how the lighting retrofit has reduced their energy use and affected the space.


In 1963, the Canadian Automotive Museum made its home in a century old former car dealership building, located at 99 Simcoe Street South. Over the years, the museum has taken on building projects to maintain and upgrade the facility to accommodate its ever-growing roster of programs and exhibitions. The museum has taken on previous energy conservation projects, including the installation of a white roof that reduces heat retention in the building in the summer months. Part of the lobby area was also renovated in 2015 where a portion of the lighting was replaced with LEDs.

Lighting improvements in the remaining lobby space and gallery became a project area for the museum as a result of visitor feedback. Patrons noted that the museum looked dark inside, as the former floodlighting highlighted the vehicles on display, but left visitor pathways in the dark. The museum deliberated on how to create a brighter space while cutting down on energy costs.

A lighting retrofit with energy efficient LED lights proved to be a successful and cost effective alternative to the traditional floodlights. “LED lights use a lot more light, less heat and have better quality lighting that is actually better for the exhibits. Incandescent and florescent lights tend to bake the objects and can fade materials,” notes Alexander. Adding higher wattage bulbs would only create more heat and use more electricity, so the museum looked to LED track lighting as a solution. The museum worked with a volunteer who is an electrician to pick out a cost effective system for the project.







Before: Hallway lighting in 2015                              After: Hallway lighting in 2017


The lighting retrofit resulted in an improved experience for visitors by brightening walking areas. Prior to the retrofit, the museum’s car collection was the lighting focus of the gallery space. While the cars had the spotlight, visitors were left slightly in the dark as they walked through the exhibition. “We want people to have light on them too, so they can do activities like a puzzle or worksheets; not sitting in the dark while the cars are being lit. So now there is definitely a warmer feeling in the space,” shares Alexander. The LED track lighting resulted in a fully lit space that improved the appearance of the kids’ space and visitor areas.

The new LED track lighting has amplified the appearance of the museum’s displays – especially the cars. Objects were previously lit in the front and sides, which created shadows and caused a lot of reflection, making it difficult to take photos. Now, the new LEDs provide even lighting and actually bring out the true colours of the vehicles on display. “The vehicles had been viewed only indoors prior to the lighting changes, and were presumed to be the colour black when in fact some are very dark blues and lavenders.”


The museum replaced its previous incandescent lights with LED lighting in the gallery and lobby spaces with a goal to reduce the number of kilowatt-hours used in the 25,000 square foot facility. The incandescent lighting fixtures used approximately 10,000 watts; this LED retrofit would see usage reduced to 1500 watts. In addition to lowering energy use, the museum’s electric bill has decreased by 35% compared to the year before as a result of this lighting retrofit and other energy saving initiatives. The new LEDs have so far saved the museum $2,000 in hydro costs.

In addition to building projects, the Canadian Automotive Museum cuts down on hydro by turning off the lights when visitors are absent. “One thing we try to very cognizant about is turning off the lights when we don’t have visitors,” mentions Alexander. “I want to let others know that it actually does make a difference to your bottom line to have all the lights on in the gallery when no one is there.” The museum operates during peak periods of electrical usage, running Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The entire team of staff and volunteers makes a point of turning the lights off when there are no visitors, such as during the first 20 minutes of the day.


The Canadian Automotive Museum is taking on additional energy saving projects this year. With plans to improve the façade of the building, the museum is planning to install metal cladding with a layer of insulation around the facility. They will replace exterior doors that will also contribute to lower energy use. The museum is in need of an HVAC system replacement, and in the middle of a fundraising campaign to support the project. All these projects combined with current energy saving initiatives will continue to reduce the museum’s overall energy use and hydro costs.