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MAKING [creative] SPACE: Necessary Arts Company


Necessary Arts Company (NAC) arrived on the creative spaces scene two years ago in response to a need for more creative space in downtown Guelph. With steady growth, this collaborative co-working studio has made its mark in this city while providing accessible and affordable space to numerous local artists over the last two years. 

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Creative Spaces: New Opportunities

The development of a shared multi-use arts space has been on the agenda for this community for over a decade. A number of groups have tried to move this initiative forward and yet, despite their determination, and countless hours of commitment invested, a multi-disciplinary centre for the arts, remains on the horizon.

Home to many award-winning artists, arts events and festivals, Guelph is known as a creatively rich city. With this in mind, it is vital that we continue to nourish, support, and seek out new opportunities that will support the creative community. 

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MAKING [creative] SPACE - Dancetheatre David Earle

Dancetheatre David Earle (DtDE) is a beautiful dance studio located in the historic Masonic building in downtown Guelph and provides creative space to many of the region's most talented artists and instructors.

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MAKING [creative] SPACE: Diyode Community Workshop

If you are lucky enough to know someone who would call themselves a maker, then you probably know that a lack of prior knowledge about how to make something never stops them from trying. Instead, this not-knowing has the exact opposite effect; it piques their curiosity, prompting them to dive in, explore and try to figure it out.

Too many times, I’ve heard myself say “I can make that!” to which my partner (the pragmatic one) reliably responds, “Yes, but will you?” Well honestly, without the space and the tools, maybe not.

Many times I’ve found myself in the middle of our dining room encircled in tools and wood, wondering whether or not the glass table could be used as a sawhorse and or if the cat would walk by at the wrong moment.

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