A list of studio spaces in Toronto
While affordable venue and rental spaces seem to be disapearing by the day, there are some great art collectives that offer lower cost studio space. We encourage you to also think of studio space beyond the obvious potential it offers to visual artists. Studio space can be used for an exhibition, performamce, live reading, workshop, musical or dance performance, and so much more!
All Ours Studios
All Ours Studios is a new shared creative production space located at 62 Geary Avenue. The warehouse has been divided to facilitate 9 private art studios, each 10ft x 11ft with 13ft ceilings, a kitchenette, clean-up area, new HVAC system and a gallery front. The gallery space is available to studio members for documentation, client meetings or extra floor space. Private rentals are also available for short term exhibitions, workshops or small events.
The site also features a large lot which hosts eight shipping containers, retrofitted for studios as well. They are 8ft wide by 20ft deep, fully insulated to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and have a large glass facade for plenty of natural light. Within the yard there are several garden spaces, a mural courtyard, spray-booth and woodshop shed available to studio members with communal tools and materials.
Indoor studios are $430 monthly and container studios are $650 monthly, both inclusive of tax, internet and utilities.
Developing and managing secure, sustainable spaces for artists and cultural organizations has been at the core of Artscape’s work since 1986. They offer various spaces across the city that enable artists to live, work and thrive in Toronto. They offer below-market rates on commercial studios, live/work studios and owned condo units.
Art Starts HQ has an open studio that contains various types of equipment to assist in your artistic practice such as a pottery kiln, sewing machines, music equipment, etc. To find out more information or book the space please contact Jennifer DiMaria, Director of Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need something less formal? Art Starts offers free use of their studio space every Wednesday from 5-8 p.m at a drop-in basis. You are encouraged to bring your own materials.
Akin Collective is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides affordable studio space as well as arts-based programming through it's sister non-profit organization, Akin Projects. Their studios provide a working environment that maintain a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavors and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds.
Flick the Switch
Flick the Switch is an artists’ collective of 40 artists in two buildings. Are you a painter looking for a private (or shared) studio to make your visual art? Would you like to be part of an artists’ community? There are 30 talented artists in the Grange building that offer a beautiful courtyard, an artists’ garden, historical site, paint sink, kitchens, washrooms with 24/7 access and wifi. Collaborations, potlucks, open houses and marketing activities all welcome.
SKETCH is a community arts enterprise engaging diverse young people, ages 16-29, from across Canada, who live homeless or on the margins and navigate poverty to experience the transformative power of the arts, build leadership and self-sufficiency in the arts, and cultivate social and environmental change through the arts. SKETCH offers use of their fully outfitted recording studio, dance/performance space, commercial kitchen and event space at a low cost.
Tarragon Theatre is Canada’s home for groundbreaking contemporary plays. They offer 3 studios spaces for rent; each studio is suitable for rehearsals, classes, auditions, workshops or play readings. Please note only the Workspace is available for performances.
Located in the vibrant 401 Richmond West cultural hub, Workspace 8 is an inclusive creative co-working space and art studio for self-identifying women artists, creative entrepreneurs, social innovators and creators. They provide affordable dedicated work spaces in a beautiful shared studio for creative co-working (digital / painting / art / making / creating). Activities and programming include: collaborative creative projects, group discussions and member support, skills sharing and skills building workshops, creative arts workshops and community events.
This posting was updated in 2020. Have a space to add to the list? Email email@example.com to add another listing!