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Donated art incubation spaces coming to Uptown Waterloo in support of local artistic talent, reinforcing the creative spirit of the region
Art$Pay, a local organization dedicated to connecting visual art practitioners with opportunities, community, and ad vocates for fair pay is expanding its role with the creation of Art Incubate, a tangible artist support program, that will include studios and galleries at 52 and 56 Regina Street North in Uptown Waterloo. The two properties have been donated by HIP Developments for a two year period.
The Art Incubate pilot project is designed to offer local visual artists exceptional studio space with a focus on generating community engagement. Th e ground floor at 56 Regina Street North will operate as a visual arts incubator for five emerging artists in a shared studio over a 12-month time period, with 8-10 practicing artists renting private and shared studios at cost throughout both buildings. The studios will house a rtists from a mix of career levels to share networks, resources, new ideas, energy and mediums. Interest in collaboration and community are requirements for any studio tenancy.
“We are so grateful for HIP Developments’ generous donation, of benefit to all emerging and established artists in our region,” said Cathy Farwell, Artist and Volunteer Manager at Art$Pay. “These two properties will provide artists with the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and work together within the broader community which wi ll lead to exciting future developments — a missing link in retaining talent in this sector.”
Additional sponsors of Art Incubate include the Region of Waterloo, City of Waterloo, City of Kitchener, Perimeter Development Corporation, and Miller Thomson LLP who will each support a young artist throughout their term, with Melloul- Blamey Construction Inc. helping prepare the studios for occupancy. The program covers rent, a small stipend for art supplies, and payment towards an outreach activity.
“Our participation in Art Incubate is part of our broader belief in city building,” says Scott Higgins, president of HIP Developments Inc. “ Sustainable success in the real estate business is a result of contributing to both the social and economic growth of the community in which you operate. This program by Art$Pay, is a great example of the out-of-the-box thinking that can turn us into the Creative Capital of Canada. We are a step closer to ensuring young creative minds won’t have to leave the community to change the world.”
As of May 1st, 2019, the incubator artists and appr oximately ten others will move into studios in the Regina Street North buildings.
• HIP Developments has donated two houses in Uptown Waterloo at 52 and 56 Regina Street North to spearhead Art Incubate, a new creat ive initiative with Art$Pay
• Art$pay will manage the buildings to serve as non-profit visual arts studios and exhibition spaces for two years
• 56 Regina Street North main floor will serve as a visual arts incubator and studio space for young, emerging artists in the Waterloo Region
• Five selected artists will share the open concept studio for a 12-month term under a special sponsorship program made possible by local and regional government with corporate sponsors
• The upper floors of 52 and 56 Regina Street North w ill serve as studio space for an additional eight to ten established and emerging artists
• Art$Pay will manage two exhibition/meeting spaces i n the buildings under a ‘pay-what-you-can’ model for the first six months to encourage gallery use