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Artists' Co-op Development

CBL provided funding for the development of different Artists’ Co-op models – the Hive Artists’ Hub and Shaw Centre for International Ceramics in Medicine Hat, and the Grasshopper Gallery in Irricana.

The Hive Artists’ Hub and Shaw Centre for International Ceramics project was in partnership with the Friends of Medalta in Medicine Hat. Artists were provided with studio space, business training, retail support, and mentorship from an Artists’ Co-op Incubator Director. The goal was:

•   to increase the presence of the visual arts in the Canadian Badlands, and

•   to nurture artists with the necessary business skills and confidence to create sustainable micro-businesses throughout the Canadian Badlands.

In January 2012, the funding for the project ended and a newly formed non-profit Hive Artists’ Hub Society took over operations of The Hive Artists Hub in downtown Medicine Hat. There are spaces available for artists, artisans, musicians, photographers, designers, students, etc. to expand their market and increase visibility.

The Shaw Centre for International Ceramics continues to operate under the Friends of Medalta.