Community
Conversation
Collaboration
Creation

Vision

A shared arts space for Victoria

It’s time for a dynamic, flexible and affordable space to take shape and serve our diverse community of artists and creative entrepreneurs in Victoria. This project is a concrete step forward to realizing the creative potential in Victoria through the development of 28 Bastion Square into a creative hub.

28 Bastion Square Creative Hub will support the cross pollination of ideas, sectors and projects under one roof to spur further collaboration and innovation. It will be a dynamic social space for the community to gather. A place where ideas and inspiration can happen.

With support from public and private sectors, the community at large and the energy and passion of the creative community, 28 Bastion Square Creative Hub is positioned to meet the growing creative sector in our city, and preserve a National Historic site in the heart of downtown Victoria.  This project has been funded by the DVBA and through a City of Victoria Strategic Plan Grant.

28 Bastion Square Creative Hub is an exciting step forward towards affordable and accessible creative space in the Capital City. It will enable our creative sector to create, produce and share their creative talents with the wider community in the heart of our downtown.

Lisa Helps, Mayor, City of Victoria

There is significant demand for a Creative Hub

During the engagement process for Create Victoria, the City of Victoria’s Arts and Culture Master Plan, the number one priority expressed by the community during the Create Victoria engagement was the need for affordable and accessible cultural spaces. 

The Arts Consulting Group undertook a study to determine the feasibility of a shared creative hub.  ACG’s findings determined there is significant interest, demand and need for a creative hub in Victoria.   

The current real estate market has increased rent for arts organizations throughout the city and many artists and arts organizations are exiting the downtown core and outside of South Vancouver Island. 

Potential

Spaces for Collaboration

The potential amenities and opportunities that could be housed within Creative Hub 28 Bastion Square will be informed by community input. To date these ideas, surfaced in consultations and town-halls, are very broad.

Community

  • Shared Kitchen & Lounges
  • Coworking Desks
  • Shared Meeting Rooms
  • Private Offices
  • Tenant/User Orientation and Programs

Conversation

  • Community Event Spaces
  • Meeting & Training Rooms
  • Public Washrooms
  • Gallery, Café & Lounges
  • Retail Shop
  • Programming
  • Digital Platforms

Digital Platforms

  • Artist Work Studios
  • Think Lab & Maker Spaces
  • Exhibition Spaces
  • Performance Spaces

Shared spaces provide infrastructure to support creative activity

The structure of the culture sector is dominated by micro-businesses (less than 10 people), high numbers of self-employed people, and there is an emphasis on contract-based work. The sector is open and inclined to clustering together in a physical location. Small creative entities are nimble, but have limited access to infrastructure—clustering offers efficiency gains leading to competitive advantages they couldn’t achieve solo.

A Creative Hub will be an important element in furthering Victoria’s Urban Renaissance by adding an inclusive, energetic and engaging artistic space; crucial to successful and vibrant downtowns.

Jeff Bray, Executive Director, Downtown Victoria Business Association
28 Bastion Square
Corner of Langley St & Bastion Square
Victoria, BC

Location

28 Bastion Square Creative Hub will be located within the former Provincial Courthouse, a three-storey building in Bastion Square in the Old Town District of Victoria.

We would like to acknowledge with respect that the Creative Hub will operate on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen speaking peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

Leadership

The project leaders

The Downtown Victoria Business Association and City of Victoria have been working closely with the Province of BC since the beginning of 2018, discussing the future potential of 28 Bastion Square.

It’s time for dynamic, flexible and affordable space to shape and serve our diverse community of artists and creatives.

Justin Love, Limbic Media