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. 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 technical portfolio review 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 pieces of original print work. If you wish to work in more than one area of the studio please bring 6 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 and a monthly or daily studio rental fee.

Studio Usage

Open Studio is meant to be a safe, open and collaborative studio space. Technical staff are on site Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm. New members must book a studio orientation with the studio technician before working in the studio. Our studio technician does not work one on one with artists and if you require private instruction you can book a session with one of our collaborative printers.

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 access to the studio.

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.

If I want to use the studio, do I need to become a member?
Yes, membership gives you a lot of added benefits including discounts at various art stores and access to special submission calls. Membership is renewed annually.

Do I need formal education in print to access the studio?
You do not have to have a formal academic printmaking background in order to access the studio. Members must be able to print on their own safely in a shared studio space. If you need more hands on time in a print studio,  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. 

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 looking for a quick refresh, you could also book private instruction or take an open session class. Our open session are after hours and are meant to be a bridge into the studio. Often open session classes are attended by those who have taken some of our classes and/or want some supervision before working on their own in the print studio.

Can I access all of the studio?
Yes, we’re an open access barrier-free studio! However, your portfolio must show technical skill in each area you want to use. 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.