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