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City's Studio Awards provide affordable creative space for Vancouver artists

December 17 2014

Artist work studio at West 6th Avenue and Fir Street
Photograph by Ed White Photographics

Seven local artists are the recipients of the City of Vancouver's 2015-2018 Artist Studio Awards.

The Artist Studio Awards provide the use of studio space or live-work space for reduced rent or free to develop creative practices.

Award recipients

The awards go to the following artists who have demonstrated:

  • Artistic excellence in their disciplines
  • Financial need

Matthew Brown

Brown is a painter who has exhibited widely in Vancouver, throughout Canada, and internationally. He is awarded the work-only studio at 1573 West 6th Avenue with $300 per month rent.

Daelik (Darin) Hackenbrook

Hackenbrook is a dancer, choreographer, and founder and co-artistic director of MACHiNENOiSY Dance Society. He is awarded the live-work studio at 8031 Nunavut Lane with $470 per month rent.

Colleen Heslin

Heslin is a textile-based painter who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She is awarded the live-work studio at 1202 East Pender Street with $440 per month rent.

Soran Mardookhi

Mardookhi is a film- and video maker who has completed two feature films, three short films, and several documentaries. He is awarded the work-only studio at 1571 West 6th Avenue rent free.

Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo

Castillo is an artist who draws, makes prints, and has exhibited across Canada and in the United States, Europe, and Central America. He is awarded the live-work studio at 485 West 8th Avenue with $375 per month rent.

Fiona Rayher

Rayher is a long-form documentary filmmaker who is the artistic director and co-founder of the social enterprise Gen Why Media. She is awarded the live-work studio at 272 East 4th Avenue rent free.

Carol A. Young

Young is a wood carver, sculptor, and painter who has exhibited extensively along the West Coast. She is awarded the live-work studio at 8031 Nunavut Lane with $375 per month rent.

How the artists were chosen

The artists were selected by an independent jury of peers through an open, competitive process. The City's Cultural Services Department pre-qualified the artists based on their financial need and current Vancouver residency.

About the artist studios

The studios were all secured for the program through the City's innovative development and zoning policies.

Negotiations with property developers often lead to developers providing community amenity contributions that help create or expand facilities like cultural- or community spaces, parks, childcare centres, or transportation infrastructure.

Five of the studios will have terms running from February 2015 to January 2018. Two other studios are currently under construction as part of a new development and are expected to be available from January 2016 to January 2018.

About the Artist Studio Awards Program

Established in 1995, the Artist Studio Awards Program has grown from one to seven studios. The awards enable the growth of artists' practices at critical moments in their careers and further the City's objective to address affordable cultural spaces and support our cultural community.

Learn more about the awards and studios

How the City supports artists in Vancouver

Moss Graffiti, a project of the Moberly Park field house artists, The Something Collective

Artist spaces and residencies

Find out how the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board support artists through grants, subsidies, and residencies for artist studios, as well as working to create more artist spaces in field houses and at community centres.