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The Arts Factory - Event Space

The Arts FactoryEditEdit Description

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.

The Arts Factory houses studios for a mix of emerging and established artists. We also offer short and long-term office spaces for Vancouver's cultural community.

Our building also has an event space, the Hallway Gallery, suitable for exhibitions, openings, artist talks, readings or other arts events. Please note: ONLY arts events can be held in our space. This space is a long hallway/corridor with high ceilings and white walls. Capacity is 100 people. This event space is fully accessible and has access to a kitchen and washrooms.

For more information, please contact us at

Space Usage EditEdit Space Usage

Permitted Uses Special Event, Reading, Exhibition
Disciplines Visual Art
Restrictions On Use All events in our space must be arts events. This space is not enclosed, it's a hallway to which our other tenants (users of the artist studios) have access to. Tenants must be able to access this space to use amenities like kitchen, washrooms and spray booth.


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Booking Policies EditEdit Booking Policies

How To Book

If you're looking for a space to hold an evening or weekend arts event, we have a mixed-use event/exhibition space available for rentals. The capacity is 100 people.

PLEASE NOTE: All events in our space must be arts events. Because of our zoning (Light Industrial), if your event will include more than 30 people, you must apply for and obtain an Arts Events License from the City of Vancouver. Cost for this license ranges from $25 -$100.

This space is suitable for readings, artist talks, openings and exhibitions.

Please email us with more information about what type of event you're interested in hosting and we can talk!


If you're interested in permanent or short term OFFICE SPACE (desk) rentals, please contact us at Our bright, open coworking space is looking for new members!


If you're interested in permanent STUDIO SPACES, please note our studios are currently FULL. Feel free to email to be added to our wait list.

Hours Of Operation Our office hours are flexible. Please contact us at before stopping by.
Rental Policy The Arts Factory Hallway Gallery is a 1400 square foot space in a transformed warehouse with a concrete floor, white walls, and adjustable gallery lighting. It is available to rent for arts events only with a capacity of 100 people or fewer. As the number of events we can hold per month is extremely restricted by zoning laws,availability is limited and at the discretion of the Arts Factory. Event rentals are$400 / day for a 4 pm – 12 am rental time. Your set up and tear down time must be included in these eight hours. It is possible to add additional hours, if needed. Rentals include: Non-exclusive use of the Hallway Gallery, kitchen and washrooms (The Arts Factory is home to working artist studios and our artists have access 24 hours a day. Depending on the time of your rental, artists may need to access the shared areas and there may be some noise transference from the studios. Having said that, we notify everyone in the building well in advance and they generally avoid the hallway space when there are events.) Venue manager on site during event for general security and information. Use of our portable sound system with one microphone and mic stand. Can play from a laptop or mobile device, either plugged in or using bluetooth. Our two-piece curved bar. Because of our zoning (Light Industrial), if your event will include more than 30 people, you must apply for and obtain an Arts Events License from the City of Vancouver. Cost for this license ranges from $25 -$100. All events that plan on serving liquor need to obtain a Special Event Permit from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and submit a copy to the Arts Factory. Renters are responsible for providing security / staff to work the door. This is non-negotiable and your event will be shut down if you do not have adequate staff or volunteers working the door. A certificate of insurance is required. Note for business renters -this is often free of charge from your insurance provider if you already have commercial business insurance. At the end of your rental, the Hallway Gallery, including any walls altered for the hanging of art, must be returned to their original condition. Any clean up or repairs required will be billed to the renter.
Cancellation Policy Cancellations will result in loss of deposit.
Open to last minute space requests. -
Booking Requirements Deposit, On site meeting
Rental Personnel On site manager, Rates include some or all personnel
Performance Personnel -
Payment Types Cash, Check, Credit card
Options -
Other Allowed Activities Street shoes, Amplified music, Alcohol permitted

Features EditEdit Features

Space Dimensions 1400.0 sqft
Space Features Column-free, Heated, Raw, Uninterrupted wall space
Technology Cell service, Internet access, WiFi
Flooring Concrete
Stage Configuration Long and narrow hallway/corridor (13'11" x 100')
Stage Dimensions -
Seating capacity 40
Seating Flexible seating, We have chairs and benches available, but this works best for standing room events

Equipment EditEdit Equipment

Lighting Fluorescent
Furniture Chairs, Tables
Amenities Kitchen/pantry, Private restroom
Instruments and Accessories -
Audio Equipment PA system, Microphone, MP3/auxiliary input
Video/Film Equipment No video equipment
Studio Arts/Maker Equipment -

Accessibility EditEdit Accessibility

Parking Street parking, Bike rack, Loading dock
Accessibility ADA or AODA compliant, Accessible without stairs, Elevator, Patron restrooms
Audience Services Restrooms
Miscellaneous -

Rates EditEdit Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Special Event $50 $400 - -
Reading $50 $400 - -
Exhibition $50 $400 - -

This space was last updated on Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 5:25PM