The Arts House
'A Space to Create'
Our Vision is to Create…
1. A space where all people will have access to the benefits of a creative environment.
2. A space where creative people are employed and able to share their skills, passion, and vibrancy with others.
3. A space that will continuously meet the needs of our community ensuring that we retain and attract people to Antigonish.
The Arts House opened its doors for its first programming in the summer of 2018. As an exciting new endeavour, taken up by the team working at the Antigonish Art Fair, this space is a product of thousands of hours of volunteer time by numerous artists and organizers who are determined to provide the resources for a flourishing artistic community. During the months of July and August 2018, The Arts House ran children’s art and pottery camps. These first class courses were taught by experienced and passionate artists and instructors. This fall, we are continuing and expanding our programming into exciting and innovative avenues.
Our dream is to have a home for the arts in our community that will continue to grow in years to come. If you are interested in art, in learning how to paint, dance, sculpt, and create please see our available courses and get involved. We welcome you to The Arts House and to the community of artists and organizers involved in this space.
How did we get to this point?
The acquisition of our building started through a partnership with the Visitor Information Center. They were moving out of this space and we received an offer. The Art Fair Team had long discussed the need for a space so when the building offer came up, we knew that we needed to take the leap. We then received a generous donation from Highland Building Supplies, which allowed Mike and many others to put in thousands of in-kind volunteer hours to prepare this building for use.
What is happening at The Arts House?
This building is open from 9 in the morning, until 9 at night. 12hrs/day, 7 days a week. We have classes for youth and adults ages 8 and up. These classes are offered during the day, after school, in the evening and on weekends. They include pottery on the wheel and hand building, animation, creative 3D printing and digital art, fundamentals of drawing, and studio art. Beyond this we have artists and groups renting studio space for their projects, we are organizing open-mic singer songwriter events, qigong sessions, yoga, highland dancing, as well as general community events and meeting space.