2111 Main St
Vancouver, BC V5T 3C6
Public studio hours vary. If you’re looking for hours to an individual artist’s studio or shop, please contact them directly.
Studios are open to artists 24 hours a day
The City Centre Artist Lodge occupies the iconic former City Centre Motor Hotel in Mount Pleasant. The building is once again full of energy and life with 79 low-cost, work-only artist spaces that have been filled with intention, prioritizing underrepresented and marginalized individuals.
We aim to foster a community among the artists here and strengthen Vancouver’s art scene. Partnerships with arts and entertainment festivals enable us to connect the public to the artists and special events hosted by the Lodge or the individual artists create more opportunities and interest in the Lodge. The low-cost model of these units allows emerging artists to access the community, showcase their work and build their practice.
The murals enveloping both buildings and spreading across the parking lot were curated and produced by Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) with three local artists- Fiona Ackerman, K.C. Hall, and Joon Lee– creating the beautiful building as you see it today.
All good things must come to an end (eventually!)
If you’re a resident of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, it’s impossible not to know about some of the considerable changes the city has planned for it. One of note is the Skytrain extension, called the Broadway Subway Project, currently in progress and targeted to open in 2025.
The City Centre project began when City Centre Motor Hotel was purchased by Nicola Wealth Real Estate in 2021 with the intention of redevelopment. Rather than leaving the space empty or turning it into a parking lot during the development process, they partnered with us to fill the building while they plan the future. We anticipate that Nicola Wealth Real Estate will begin redevelopment around the time the Skytrain is done, around 2024 or 2025, but that is only our best guess! The future is unwritten.
Artists can use and adapt their studio for anything art related, be it creation, sales, or workshops, and they are welcome to set up shops in their studios. Artists can share their space or use their unit for themselves.
Studios are being used for a huge variety of mediums, including Writing, Florals, Ceramics, Textiles, Photography, Jewelry, Vintage Refinishing, Candles, Fabric Art, Drawing, Painting, Digital Art, Embroidery, Animation, Handmade Water-colours, Clothing, Woodwork, Pulp Paper, Poetry, Film, and Tattoo
- 79 units
- 200-250 sq ft per unit
- 3 larger studios have been made from the penthouse, party room, and lobby
- 1 smaller studio has been made from the office
- All studios have a bathroom and running water
Studio spaces are currently full.
CBC, Jan 15, 2022: East Vancouver hotel gets new lease on life as converted artist studios
Global News, May 26, 2022 (VIDEO): Iconic Vancouver motel turned into work of art for mural festival
Daily Hive, May 27, 2022: City Centre Motel being transformed into Vancouver Mural Fest’s largest mural yet
The Tyee, Sept 23, 2022 (article + VIDEO, AUDIO): The Artist Motel: Inside a Vancouver Experiment
Vancouver is Awesome, Oct 1, 2022: Vancouver artist behind ‘Beloved Ghosts’ sculptures having first solo show
Scout, Oct 5, 2022: Meet Mariana Rivera, Founder of The Art Shop