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By becoming a member of the Durham West Arts Centre you are helping grow the support for a permanent performing and visual arts centre in west Durham.
Visit our membership page for details.
Or download your membership form here.

Partners and Community Links

Ajax Creative Arts
Cultural Expressions
Durham Tourism
Durham Sustainability
Oshawa Art Assoc.
PineRidge Arts Council
Scugog Council for the Arts

Just a few

Reading and Remembrance
~ October and November

DWAC was proud to once again partner on this project. FREE on-line lessons for Women's History Month, Veteran's Week and Remembrance Day.

Be sure to visit: ReadingAndRemembrance.ca


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Thanks to our 2016 Tour
Corporate Sponsors


Expected the Unexpected – at the 2017 Durham West Spring Studio Tour

2017 Studio Tour Application PDF HERE
Application Deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2016

For the past nine years, the Durham West Arts Centre has presented the Studio Tour as part of its commitment to art education and support for local artists. For two days each spring, area studios and artists welcome the public to view artwork, watch demonstrations and learn more about various creative productions within the region. This event is an excellent opportunity for local artists and artisans to showcase and sell their work from their host studios and sites which may otherwise not be regularly open to the public. The tour is self-guided and free of charge for visitors. Application is open to all artists and fine craft artists living and working in the Durham Region or invited guests working within the region.

The Durham West Arts Centre Studio Tour is a juried event. Each year, the jury strives to achieve a fresh and interesting mix of new and returning artists and to include artists working in a variety of media.

The artists must be members of the Durham West Arts Centre: the artists must be

  • committed, working at a competent level and viewed as such by their peers.
  • must have a functioning studio space (or willing to be placed at a host site) and display their work so it can be readily viewed by the public.
  • must have original works, created by the artist, including but not limited to the following: painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, pottery, blown glass, carving, fibre art, printmaking, collage, stained glass, weaving and jewelry.

Jury Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • quality of the artist's work (original work only)
  • balance and variety of media
  • geographical location (distribution throughout Durham Region)
  • ease of access to the studio
  • the selection jury is composed of artists, DWAC staff and board members
  • not all applications may be accepted and the decisions of the selection jury are final

The Durham West Arts Centre is responsible for:

  • administration
  • brochure and poster production and distribution
  • production and maintenance of website
  • recruitment of sponsors and advertisers
  • publicity, promotion, and marketing
  • production and allocation of directional signs
  • managing the budget and payments for tour related activities

Artists are responsible for:

  • applications and support material delivered to DWAC on time and complete
    fees and requested material supplied timely
  • distribution of artist’s share of brochures and posters
  • posting and removing directional studio tour signs
  • ensuring studio space is safe and prepared to welcome visitors as well as guest artists should you be a hosting artist
  • ensuring adequate liability insurance for the artist’s studio. House insurance alone does not necessarily provide adequate coverage. DWAC takes no responsibility for personal loss or damage due to inadequate liability coverage at the site artist’s locations.
  • selling own artwork, accepting commissions, recruiting for classes, and offering/distributing promotional material
  • offering demonstrations during the tour
  • maintaining open studios both days of the tour and being available to the public
  • assistance at the artist’s studio at all times for rest breaks and safety
  • keeping and reporting visitor statistics to DWAC

Application Deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Artists will be notified of acceptance by November 1, 2016. Artists not accepted for the 2017 Tour will have their cheques returned. Full Studio Tour fee payment is due upon acceptance to the tour. The fee for 2017 is $150.00 plus membership dues if not already paid. Please make cheques payable to Durham West Arts Centre. Withdrawal with refund is permitted only until print deadline November 15th, 2016.

Please mail the completed application and required support material to:
Drop off:
Durham West Art Centre
Studio Tour Pottery and Arts Studio

Mail to:
Durham West Arts Centre Pickering Recreation Complex
P.O. Box 667 1867 Valley Farm Road
Pickering, ON, L1V 3T3 Pickering, ON

2017 Organizing Committee Contacts
Heather Davis - 416-831-1955 | dwachjd@gmail.com
Gordon Reidt – 905-905-427-1847 | reidtathome@sympatico.ca


2015 Tour and Artists

OpenStudioTracy MacCharlesJoe DICKSONMayor Dave Ryan
Global Pet Foods
The Green ThumbDavid Pickles
Bill McLean
Shannon McLean


Ajax Creative Arts




DWAC sponsors and supporters

Thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters.

Memberships with:

Ontario Museum Association

PineRidge Arts Council
City of Pickering
Durham Tourism | Town of Ajax

City of Pickering Pickering Public Library Trillium Foundation


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 667 | Pickering, ON L1V 3T3 | Canada
Durham West Arts Centre Inc. | Pickering Recreation Complex | 1867 Valley Farm Road | Pickering, ON L1V 3Y7 | Canada
T. 905.420.2667


Our Mission is to support, promote and present world-class, contemporary arts and culture. Through education, presentation and
partnership we will continue to develop awareness and engagement in the arts, increase our audience and membership, be
sustainable and champion the intrinsic need of arts and culture to our community.


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