How to Access the Studio & Become a Member

  • Artist Member Rokeya Sultana working in etching.
  • Artist Member Brianna Tosswill working in letterpress.
  • Artist Member Samsam Elmi working in screenprinting.
  • Artist Member Alex Thompson working in etching.
  • Artist Member Victoria Day screenprinting.
  • Artist Member Tyler Bright-Hilton working in etching.

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.

More information about our rental rates, studio and equipment here.


Become a Member

Open Studio is a member-based, artist-run centre. Artists from Canada and abroad enjoy many benefits of membership, including discounted studio rental rates, exhibitions, fellowships and professional development opportunities. When you apply and/or renew your membership we’ll provide you with the latest list of benefits.

Anyone can become a Member of Open Studio, regardless of studio access. Membership is charged annually, current rate: $75. To get your membership, give us a call at 416-504-8238 or email office@openstudio.ca. It’s that easy!

Those interested in accessing our studio facilities must hold current membership (see below about studio access).

How to Access the Studio

To access the printmaking studio facilities, an artist should have some technical knowledge to work safely and independently in the space. Interested artists are asked to book a portfolio evaluation (this is not an aesthetic judgement) with the Technical Director. During your evaluation the Technical Director will go over studio usage, review your experience in printmaking, and get a sense of your technical abilities and the area(s) of the studio you wish to access.

Your portfolio should consist of 6-10 pieces of original print work. If you wish to work in more than one area of the studio please bring 6-10 pieces for each medium. To schedule a meeting, please email studio@openstudio.ca or call 416-504-8238. Newly approved members pay a one-time new member access fee of $25 and a yearly membership fee of $75.

Studio Usage

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.

New members will be asked to work during technical staff hours (Monday – Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm) until you are comfortable using the studio. After regular and continued studio use new members are eligible to request keys and an alarm code and from then on will have full 24-hour access.

How to Access the Studio – Common Questions

I’ve never done printmaking but I want to become a member? Can I?
Yes! We are always happy to welcome new members. You do not have to use our facility to qualify for membership.

But, if I want to use the studio, do I need to become a member?
That’s right. Membership gives you a lot of added benefits including discounts at various art stores and access to special submission calls. Membership is renewed annually.

Okay, I’m ready to use the studio but I don’t have a printmaking background or a BFA/MFA. What do I do?
You do not have to have an academic printmaking background in order to access our studio. Some of our members do, and that’s great, as it generally means the process of gaining 24hr access to our facilities is fast-tracked (see studio usage above). Our education program is a great way to become familiar with printmaking. Our classes offer the fundamentals of printmaking and are geared toward beginners and advanced printmakers. Our classes will allow you to become familiar with different printmaking techniques. Once you’re ready, book a portfolio review, show us your great print work, and get printing!

I have a printmaking background but it’s been a while since I practiced. What can I do to brush-up on my skills and gain access?
Consider taking one of our education classes, which are open to the public, and are a great way to start accessing the studio. If you’re just looking for a quick refresh, you could also book private instruction or take an open session class. Our open session classes are meant to allow artists with some print knowledge to transition toward using the studio independently. Often open session classes are attended by those who have taken some of our classes and/or want some supervision so as to become more comfortable working independently in the studio.

Awesome. So, can I access all of the studio?
Sure, we’re an open access barrier-free studio! However, if you wish to use a particular piece of equipment and have never learned how to use it, we would recommend you take a class/book private instruction and become familiar with the print technique. Example: you want to screenprint but you only have etching know-how. At this time you’d only be able to use the intaglio area to print, but you could access the screenprinting area and use the equipment there once you learn a bit more about the technique and show us your print examples.

Anything else?
Have fun! We’re here to make the experience a great one for you and want to instil a love of printmaking in your life. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable working in the studio independently and to become a part of our great print community.

I’m Ready to Schedule a Meeting!

To schedule a meeting, please email studio@openstudio.ca or call 416-504-8238. Newly approved members pay a one-time new member access fee of $25 and a yearly membership fee of $75.