Studio and fabrication resources

Now that you've graduated, we know that finding a creative community and a work space can be challenging. We've put together this list of resources that we feel will assist you in finding places to get things made, workspaces and much more. If there's any information you feel is missing and should be included, please email us.

Studio spaces
Residency programs
Paid fabrication
Co-working spaces for entrepreneurs and small companies
Art fairs and trade shows
Online sources for visual artists
Grants and funding
Online portfolios
Career development services
Create and/or sell
Organizations for artists and designers
Continuing studies
Think tanks


Shared work spaces for makers and designers, usually membership based, where tools, equipment and work stations are available. 

Gamma Space
Open Studio
Site 3
The Gardiner Museum
The Shop
The Tool Library
The Workroom

Studio spaces

Individual and/or shared studio spaces for artists and designers to create their work and be part of the creative community. 

Akin Collective
Artscape Youngplace
Influx Creative Space
NEST Collective 
Space Finder Toronto
The Artisan Factory
The White House Studio Project
Walnut Studio
401 Richmond

Residency programs

Opportunities for creative professionals to apply to artist-in-residence programs and design residencies around the world.

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Alliance of Artists Communities
Artscape Gibraltar Point
Graven Feather
Harbourfront Centre
Res Artists
Spark Box Studio
Studio Huddle

Trans Artists
Vista Alegre IDPool

Paid fabrication

Bring your ideas to life with 3D printing, laser cutting, engraving and many more services. 

Fare Made
Hot Pop Factory (OCAD U alumni discount)
Objex Unlimited
Paperhouse Studio
Public Library

Co-working spaces for entrepreneurs and small companies

Join a community of like-minded entrepreneurs where work spaces and tools are available to help grow your business.

Centre for Social Innovation
Project Space

Art fairs and trade shows

Explore and discover the art and design scene in Toronto and across Canada. 

CONTACT Photography Festival
Interior Design Show (IDS)
Interior Design Show West (IDSWest)
Nuit Blanche
One of a Kind Show
The Artists Project
Toronto Art Expo
Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF)
Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO)
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE)

Online sources for visual artists

Art listings of shows, galleries, openings, call for submissions and more across Canada. 

C Magazine
Canadian Art
Slate Art Gallery
Toronto Art

Grants and funding

Apply for non-repayable funds to help develop your artistic project. 

Canada Council for the Arts
Harbourfront Centre
Leadership Grants
Toronto Arts Council
Toronto Foundation


Make your project a reality by raising funds online from people who believe in your idea. 


Online portfolios

Publish your work through creative online communities where you can build your portfolio website. 

Cargo Collective
Format (For recent alumni this service will remain free for six months.)

Career development services

OCAD U's Career Development Services provides many different tools and resources to support alumni. 

Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
Imagination Catalyst
Tools & Resources

Create and/or sell

Marketplaces where people custom make, sell and buy unique goods locally and worldwide.  

Alive Shoes
Print All Over Me

Organizations for artists and designers

Art and design associations that support, promote knowledge sharing, continuing learning, advocacy and mentorship. 

Artists Health Alliance (AHA) (OCAD U alumni relations affinity partner)
Associated Designers of Canada (ADC)
Association of Canadian Industrial Design (ACID)
Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD)
Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO)
Canada's Professional Association for Design (GDC)
Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC)
Canadian Association of Photographic Art (CAPA)
Canadian Decorators' Association (CDECA)
Design Exchange (DX)
Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA)
Interior Designers of Canada (IDC)
International Council of Design (ico-D)
World Design Organization (WDO)
Neighbourhood Arts Network
OCAD U Alumni Association
Society of Canadian Artists (SCA)
Women's Art Association of Canada (WAAC)

Continuing education

Build your career and/or explore new areas of art and design by taking classes and workshops. 

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Artists Resource Centre (ARC) 
Avenue Road Arts School
Harbourfront Centre
Karma Creative
Ladies Learning Code
OCAD U Continuing Studies
OCAD U Postgraduate Certificate
Toronto School of Art (TSA)

Think tanks

Where creative minds come together to share their ideas and thoughts.

Creative Mornings Toronto 
Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC)
Design Thinkers
PechaKucha Night
TEDx Toronto
Think Tank Toronto

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