How to Access the Studio

Open Studio Intaglio Area, photo by Kate Tarini.
Open Studio offers three distinct production areas: intaglio & relief, screenprinting and lithography. Click here to view a list of equipment.

To access the printmaking studio facilities, an artist must have sufficient technical knowledge to work in the studio independently and safely. This is assessed in a portfolio evaluation meeting with the Technical Director, who will review your education/experience in printmaking, look at your work and discuss your technical capabilities in print.

Our studio functions on an open access principle and although the technical staff is here during regular office hours they do not work one-on-one with artists in the studio and are not available outside of office hours; therefore, we must be assured that renters are capable of working safely and independently in our space. Our members generally have the equivalent of a BFA in printmaking, or have taken our 8-week classes anywhere from one to three times to learn the fundamentals of the print media in which they wish to work to qualify as a member. Prospective members are expected to have actively practiced the print media they wish to work in at Open Studio within the last 5 years.

During your portfolio review, the Technical Director will look at your work, to get a sense of your technical abilities (this is not an aesthetic judgement), so please try to bring work that demonstrates your abilities in the area(s) of the studio you wish to access. Your portfolio should consist of 6-10 pieces of original print work only (no slides/digital images please). If you wish to work in more than one area of the studio (i.e., screenprinting, etching, lithography, etc.), please bring 6-10 pieces for each medium.

Should you be accepted as a new renter you will be asked to work as often as possible during the Technical Director’s hours (Mon-Fri, 10 AM to 5:30 PM) until you are fully initiated into our procedures at Open Studio. New members are not automatically given keys or an alarm code and therefore have a bit of a limitation placed on the hours they can access the space. After 4-6 weeks of regular studio use new members are eligible to request keys and an alarm code and from then on will have full 24-hour access. If this poses a problem in terms of scheduling please let us know right away in order to discuss possible options.

The annual membership fee is $75 as of January 2017.

Membership is available throughout the year to artists who have been approved to use the studio by the Technical Director. Those interested should contact the Technical Director by email or by phone at 416-504-8238 to set up a portfolio review.

Click here to access the Membership Benefits and Requirements Package.