In August 1970, Richard Sewell and Barbara Hall started a small storefront printing studio at 310 Queen Street W. in Toronto. Within a year they had succeeded in establishing a facility where artists could make their own prints, and over the years other related programs followed. From 1971 to 1996, Open Studio was located at 520 King Street West, Toronto. In September 1996, Open Studio moved to 468 King Street West, an expansion of space that allowed us to increase the area for production facilities, triple our exhibition venues, and improve administrative capabilities. Since January 1, 2004, Open Studio has been located at 401 Richmond Street West, home to over 130 arts related organizations. Over the years, the Studio has remained committed to consistently enhancing programming and upgrading the production facilities and equipment while heavily subsidizing rental costs for artists.
Vision / Mission
To shape the exploration of print as essential, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture and creative thought.
Open Studio is an artist-run centre dedicated to contemporary print. We offer accessible, inclusive and affordable printmaking facilities, programs and services for artists and the public from across Canada and abroad. Open Studio’s priority is to provide support for artists in the creation and exhibition of contemporary print in an open-minded, safe and collaborative environment.
Our goals and objectives are to:
- Support local, national and international artists working in print media;
- Provide excellent resources for print production for professional artists with comprehensive facilities, and the highest level of technical support;
- Provide professional development opportunities for local, national and international artists through visiting artist residencies, scholarships and exhibitions;
- Provide educational opportunities to the public through exhibitions, artist talks and hands-on courses and workshops taught by professional artists;
- Preserve traditional printmaking techniques while contributing to innovation in printmaking and excellence in contemporary visual arts;
- Work on behalf of artists by ensuring the payment of artist fees and acting as an advocate for artists’ rights;
- Promote the work of living Canadian artists to the public through the print sales program;
- Facilitate strategic partnerships and alliances between artists, arts organizations, educational institutions and funding agencies; and
- Operate as a non-profit, charitable arts organization funded through self-generated income, cultural grants, foundations, corporate sponsorships and individual donors.