Arts Factory (281 Industrial Ave)

“Imagine the synergy generated by all those people under one roof: architects, prop masters, costume designers, digital artists, directors, actors. It’ll stimulate local arts and make Vancouver an international destination for creating art that travels around the globe.”                                             Elia Kirby

The Arts Factory is a mixed-use arts facility located in a transformed warehouse at 281 Industrial Avenue. This cultural hub includes 21,000 square feet of workshops, studios, offices, and common spaces. A unique partnerships with the City of Vancouver allows us to offer affordable spaces to the local arts community.

The Arts Factory houses a mix of emerging and established artists, as well as art-based organizations and professionals in the cultural sector. Our studio spaces are primarily geared to serve professional artists working with industrial-based fabrication process, such as: sculpture, painting, fabric, wood, and ceramics.

The community of artists at 281 Industrial are committed to fostering innovation, learning exchanges, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Our vision is that the building will function as an incubator for artists and their practice, while enabling connections between artists, neighbourhoods and institutions.


For more information, please visit the Arts Factory Society website.


The Arts Factory acknowledges the support of the City of Vancouver (Real Estate Endowment Fund and the Cultural Infrastructural Grant Programme), Vancity Credit Union, 2010 Legacies Now, the BC Arts Council, the University of British Columbia Faculty of Arts and the School of Music Opera; and all of the artists and art-based organizations that have worked with us over the past ten years. Special thanks to the Vancuver East Cultural Centre and the Leaky Heaven Performance Society for development assistance. Finally, a very special thanks to Robert Gardiner of UBC Theatre for his founding vision and support of the Arts Factory and Great Northern Way Scene Shop.

See the City of Vancouver's press release.

Read the BC Business article.


281 Industrial Avenue's redevelopment is made possible through a partnership between the City of Vancouver's Cultural Services and Real Estate and Facilities Management Departments and the Great Northern Way Scene Shop and Arts Factory Society.