Studio, Rental Rates & Booking Equipment

  • Open Studio screenprinting area, photo by Kate Tarini.
  • Open Studio Lithography Area, photo by Kate Tarini.
  • Open Studio Intaglio Area, photo by Kate Tarini.

Located in the renowned historic arts building, 401 Richmond, suite 104, Open Studio’s expansive and well-equipped 6,000 sq/ft studio has production facilities and equipment for relief, intaglio, screenprinting, lithography (including photo-based processes), and basic computer equipment.

We are spacious and barrier-free facility that incorporates both traditional and new technologies, including a digital lab that allows for mixed media implementation with printmaking techniques.

RENTAL RATES & STORAGE

We provide access to our printmaking studio through a variety of rental options (limited at this time due to COVID-19). Before purchasing rent, please read our page on how to become an artist member at Open Studio HERE. Please read the terms & conditions below concerning rental rates.

Studio rent covers all in-house materials such as acids, solvents, cleaning solutions, rags, and any other chemicals required. The studio rental rates do not exceed the operating costs of the studio and therefore are exempt from tax.

Current studio access hours during this phase: Wednesdays – Saturdays, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Current Rental Rates (during COVID-19)
Day pass = $40
Monthly pass = $150

Members can also rent a flat-file drawer or locker at $25 per month or $75 per year.

BOOKING EQUIPMENT

  • Studio users must book equipment using the secure website SuperSaas.
  • Each equipment area (intaglio/relief, screenprinting, lithography, computer) can be booked for two persons at a time.
  • A booking will cost $40 day pass, or a monthly pass at $150.
  • Hours of operation: Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm.
  • Need help booking? Please review this document. If you have more questions email studio@openstudio.ca.

TERMS & CONDITIONS (RENTAL ACCESS)

  • Until the studio is running at full-time capacity, all year-long rentals will remain paused. Anyone wishing to book the studio must use a full day pass (no half-day passes are being accepted at this time), or purchase the monthly rental.
  • Approved members must fill out and sign the new Open Studio usage policies document here.
  • New members pay a one-time new member access fee of $25
  • $100 annual membership fee.
  • Monthly passes run a consecutive 30 days.
  • Multi-month passes must run consecutively.
  • Individual day passes expire one year from the time of purchase.
  • All facility rental purchases are final sale.
  • No refunds, credits or substitutions for any unused portions of pre-paid rental purchases.
  • No replacements for unused, lost or stolen day passes.
  • Prices are subject to change.

EQUIPMENT LIST

Intaglio & Relief Equipment

  • 1 American French Tool etching press – 48” x 78” press bed
  • 1 American French Tool press – 30” x 48” press bed
  • 1 Charles Brand press – 16” x 30” press bed
  • 1 Sturges press – 16” x 48” press bed
  • 1 Vandercook electric type high relief press – 15” x 20” bed size
  • Letterpress furniture and limited collection of type
  • 1 Metal plate cutter – blade width 37.5”
  • 1 Stainless steel paper soaking tray – 37” x 52”
  • 1 Vertical ferric chloride acid bath – 18” x 24”
  • 1 Hot plate
  • Fusion boxes for aquatint
  • Rosin box for aquatint
  • Assorted hand rollers and brayers, including viscosity set

Screenprinting Equipment

  • 1 Accu-Glide Screenprinting vacuum table – 24” x 30”
  • 2 Accu-Glide Screenprinting vacuum tables – 25” x 38” (one with squeegee arm)
  • 1 Vacuum printing tables – 44” x 32
  • 1 Seri-Glide One-Person Squeegee Screenprinting table – 52” x 96”
  • 1 American Masterprint One-Person Squeegee Screen Printing Table- 47”x 64”
  • 1 Horizontal light table, 1 Vertical light table
  • Screen coating room and screen storage closet
  • Vented washout room with power spray washer
  • Print drying racks
  • Assorted squeegees
  • Assorted screens available for rent
  • Refrigerator for emulsion storage

Lithography Equipment

  • 1 Griffin press for stones or plates up to 39.5” x 72.5”
  • 1 Praga press for stones or plates up to 30” x 46”
  • 1 Wepplo motorized press for stones or plates up to 36” x 53”
  • Stones ranging from book size up to 32” x 43”
  • 1 Hydraulic hand-operated lift for moving stones
  • 1 Graining sink
  • Levigators, drying racks, leather rollers and portable stone tables for moving stones in progress

Photo Exposure Equipment

  • NuArc 3000 watt single point light unit
  • 60” x 70” wall mounted vacuum frame

Computer Equipment

  • 2 – iMacs (20 “ & 27”)
  • HP LaserJet 700 B+W printer, up to 12” x 20”
  • Epson 1100xL opaque + transparency scanner
  • Wacom Intuos 4 Drawing Tablet