The Proposed Emily Carr Centre

We suggest naming our project after trailblazing Canadian artist Emily Carr, who was a regular visitor to the West Shore.  Like brave Emily, our community will blaze our own trail by building a creative home place for our arts community that also serves as a shining example of innovation in sustainable building design and operation.

Core facilities would include*:

  • 650 seat theatre, with seating on two levels, and fully equipped with state-of-the-art technical equipment;
  • 240 seat black box theatre/multi-purpose space, equipped with lighting grid and other facilities required to support small performances;
  • dance/theatre studios with high ceilings, natural light, sprung floors and the appropriate acoustics and acoustical separation between spaces;
  • the potential for boutique retail and office spaces;
  • restaurant and event catering operation;
  • coffee house;
  • gallery/gift shop;
  • community house/resource information centre; and
  • exhibition space for community heritage/archive displays.

The Emily Carr Centre will follow a progressive approach to funding its development and operation, to ensure that it is not dependent on local tax dollars. 

Learn more about Emily Carr’s West Shore connections.

*Building program details will be refreshed with project stakeholders once a project site has been determined.

Project Backgrounder

The West Shore’s quest for a dedicated arts facility has been underway since 2002. Learn about the journey-to-date and how the creative community and dedicated members of the general public have continued to come together in support of this important infrastructure development.

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