to anchor and advance Manitoba’s creative industries in Winnipeg’s Exchange District by providing affordable and sustainable space for professional creators to collaborate, innovate, exhibit, and sell creative products at a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive public destination.
Established in 1996 as an Aboriginal artist-run centre, Urban Shaman is dedicated to the exhibition and advancement of contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit art. Their 3,500 square foot storefront space will house two gallery spaces to display professional artwork: a main gallery space and a secondary space suited to showing media arts and state of the art, new technologies. Their space will also include administration offices; resource library; proper loading, security, and flexible lighting.
Established in 1984, MAWA is dedicated to empowering women in the visual arts, and serving the entire Manitoba community through mentorships, workshops, lectures and peer-led artmaking groups. Each year, more than 5,000 people participate in MAWA programs and events. Their space will house an open gallery/multi-purpose space; administration offices; resource library; proper loading, security, and flexible lighting.
Established in 1983, Video Pool Media Arts is Manitoba’s only artist-run centre dedicated to the exploration of technology-based art by providing access to the technologies and environments necessary for the exploration, documentation, development and presentation of technology-based arts practices. Their second floor space will house a series of modern flexible labs for production of digital, audio, and video works; administration offices; and equipment rental storage. It will also house their ‘Poolside Gallery’ dedicated to exhibition of media art.
Creative Manitoba Inc. is Manitoba’s Sector Council for the creative industries. Through entrepreneurship training they teach artists how to sustain themselves creatively and financially. Through their management training they increase the productivity and profitability of arts and cultural organizations. They also promote the value of the arts by conducting research and sharing the findings through educational seminars and outreach. Their 3,400 square foot space on the second floor will house a collaborative working space and classroom.