call for studio space applications

We are excited to be able to share with you that The Convent has officially launched its first public call for studio space applications. The Convent is a 36,000 square foot arts centre on George Street in the North End of Sydney, NS focused on the provision of affordable work spaces for artists.

The Convent offers private studios for both visual artists and musicians and a bright, open, 4,000 square foot shared studio for visual artists, designers, authors, illustrators, etc. Private studios begin at $270/month (for 140-170 square feet), can be shared, can be used to both work and sell, and include all utilities, Internet, and taxes. A desk in the shared studio costs $95/month (including all utilities, Internet, and taxes) and semi-private workspaces in the shared studio (of which there are a limited number) begin at $135/month (everything included).

The Convent will re-open (the building having been home to the Sisters of Notre Dame for 130 years) in November 2019 as a vibrant, modern, affordable, fully accessible downtown arts centre. In addition to studio spaces, it will offer a café and commercial kitchen, 40-person event space, 100-person event space, 12-person meeting space, small gallery, and is home to four larger arts anchor tenants.

The call for applications for studio space opened on May 13th and closes at the end of this week: June 14th.

You can find all the information (application, guidelines, contact information, etc.) about the call here:

And a virtual tour of the building here:

You can find a post on our Facebook page about the call, with a number of photos of the building and spaces, here:

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions.



Savannah Anderson
Coordinator, The Convent
New Dawn Enterprises
(t) 902-539-9560 ext 202