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About the Shadbolt

The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (SCA) is an award-winning, multi-purpose community arts facility located in Burnaby's Arts Precinct, picturesque Deer Lake Park. Owned and operated by the City of Burnaby, the municipal building is named for internationally acclaimed painter Jack Shadbolt and his wife, Doris Shadbolt, curator, author and art educator.

The SCA is a dynamic facility and the largest of the cultural resources within the city’s Cultural Services division. The stunning wood and stone 35,000 square foot centre received an Award of Merit for its creative design. Designed by the international firm of Hotson Bakker Architects in 1995, the Shadbolt Centre fits harmoniously into the natural landscape of Deer Lake Park and offers spectacular natural views from its windowed studios, Atrium and exterior raised terrace. In 2010 a BC Spirits Square was built adjacent to the centre and the city’s first piece of public art now adorns the square.

Continuing the tradition of excellence long established by the Burnaby Art Centre in 1967, the SCA facilitates a year-round schedule of performances, festivals, exhibitions and special events that cover the arts spectrum from theatre and music to dance, literature and the visual arts. The centre also acts as a community resource, supporting artists through the Artist in Residence Program with access to studio space and rehearsal rooms, and providing the public and dedicated students or community group’s access to supplies, kilns, and studio and exhibition spaces. On average, the total visitation to the centre is over 250,000 annually.

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