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Artist Work Studios for Sale at Artscape YOUNGplace, Toronto
Only a few studios left for purchase!


Below-market work studios are still available for purchase by professional artists and non-profit arts and community organizations at Artscape YOUNGplace. Occupancy is expected for Fall 2012. Visit to learn more!

Artscape YOUNGplace is a multidimensional facility designed to build capacity for creativity and innovation and bring people and ideas together under one roof. It will house a diverse mix of creators working in a variety of disciplines, as well as arts, community and social mission organizations.

Once complete, Artscape YOUNGplace will offer a contemporary art gallery, a theatre training facility, a centre for dance and performance, arts training for youth and adults, music education for amateurs and professionals, family resources to support the local community, openings, performances, exhibitions and events.


Fabulous Workspaces

Each classroom studio has soaring ceilings, abundant natural light and unique schoolroom finishes. Available studios range in size from 500-1000 sq. ft. and may be used for production, exhibition, education, programming and administrative purposes. Owners and tenants will have 24/7 access to the facility.

Artscape YOUNGplace will repurpose the existing historic Shaw Street School through a $12-million restoration project, bringing new life to the century-old heritage building. The finished facility will be fully accessible, have updated wiring, ventilation, plumbing, and new windows, all while retaining many unique Beaux-Arts school features.

A Creative Community

By clustering a diverse mix of creators and arts organizations, Artscape YOUNGplace will become an anchor for the arts community in the Parkdale and West Queen West neighbourhoods: already home to the highest concentration of creative and cultural workers in Toronto.

Over 90% of the studios at Artscape YOUNGplace have already been sold or leased to non-profit organizations and artists such as: Centre for Indigenous Theatre, College-Montrose Children's Place, Inter-Galactic Arts Co-op, Koffler Centre of the Arts, Paperhouse Studio, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, SKETCH, Small World Music Society, TYPOLOGY Projects, York Wilson Foundation, photographer Barbara Astman, pianist Eve Egoyan, painter Emily Filler, visual artist and theatre designer Gerard Gauci, visual artist Shabnam K. Ghazi, painter Sybil Goldstein, textile artist Miriam Grenville, visual artist Andrew Horne, painter Gillian Iles, photographer Vid Ingelevics, musician Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, and visual artist Matthew Schofield.

For full tenant and owner profiles, click here>

Location, Location, Location

Located at 180 Shaw Street, Artscape YOUNGplace lies in the heart of the West Queen West alternative arts district, just steps from Trinity-Bellwoods Park and the galleries and restaurants of the lively Ossington Avenue strip. This neighbourhood has the largest concentration of art galleries in Toronto and is home to cultural hubs like The Theatre Centre, the Gladstone Hotel, the Drake Hotel, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MoCCA).

Below-Market Real Estate

Below-market rates at Artscape YOUNGplace are achieved through an innovative financing program that will allow the space to stay dedicated to the arts community forever.

Artscape will provide a 25% no-interest, payment-free second mortgage on each work studio, which will bring the purchase price below-market. With only 10% deposit required over 3 months, purchasers need no further financing until closing.

"... being able to purchase a studio, owning a space to work in the heart of the city, will be invaluable to my artistic practice. It gives me a sense of security that renting a space never could – knowing that I have a permanent place to do what I love to do."

--- an Artscape YOUNGplace studio owner

Sales inquires should be directed to Sales Manager Marisa Scarpino at 416-392-1038 x50 or

Clockwise from top left: Artscape YOUNGplace, The Koffler Gallery, Gerard Gauci in studio, artist from SKETCH.

The Buzz
November 2, 2011 "Scenes from a groundbreaking", Typologica, Typology Projects
November 2, 2011 "Art School Redefined", The Grid
Winter 2010/2011 "Old School, Cool School", Canadian Art
March 8, 2010 "Unseen City: The Shaw Street School", Torontoist
January 29, 2010 "New Life for Shaw Street School as Studios for Artists",Toronto Star


Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Artscape projects provide affordable space for creativity while generating positive cultural, economic, social and environmental impacts. Artscape has transformed a portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto into dynamic community assets that serve to enable innovation and creativity, including the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns and multi-tenant arts facilities in the Queen Street West, Liberty Village, Toronto Island and Distillery Historic District neighbourhoods.

In addition to Artscape YOUNGplace, Artscape is currently developing the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, a 60,000 sq. ft. new-build project created in partnership with Toronto Community Housing and The Daniels Corporation, and located in the heart of the Regent Park community revitalization project. Collectively, Artscape manages 10 buildings for 863 artist and cultural worker tenants and owners in 417,000 square feet of space.