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What is PAVED Arts?

PAVED Arts is a non-profit, artist-run centre and gallery that exists to advance knowledge and practices in what we call the ‘PAVED Arts’ arts: photography, audio, video, electronic and digital. We help artists and independent producers make and exhibit their work.

What happens at PAVED Arts?

  • Free gallery exhibitions & public screenings
  • Installations & performances
  • Free art & media workshops for members
  • Artist residencies
  • Production grants
  • Offsite programming & community partnerships
  • We provide affordable access to media art production studios, tools, services, and technical & educational support

How does it work?

Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Our production facilities, workshops and equipment, are fully accessible to our Members, who use the facility for their own independent, non-commercial projects. We offer our members subsidized rental of equipment far below market rates, training, mentorship, and above all an environment for free expression, creative thought and personal growth.

What does a PAVED Arts membership cost?

A Producing Membership is $50 per year ($25 Student/Underemployed). In addition to receiving discounts on workshop registration, members earn free rental credits through volunteer work. An Associate Membership is available for $25.An Institutional Producing Membership is $100 per year. Institutions may designate two of its staff to use PAVED Arts equipment and facilities. Click here to learn how to get a membership.

Can I get support for my production projects?

Members are also eligible to apply for our Production Support Programs to receive subsidized training, free equipment access and artist fees for specific projects.

What happens in the Gallery?

View cutting-edge work in the ‘PAVED’ arts (photography, audio, video, electronic, and digital arts) through our free-for-everyone gallery exhibitions, screenings, and artist projects – including the billboard (shared with AKA) on the building’s facade. Through artist residencies, calls for submissions, offsite events, partnerships, and PAVEDMEANT – a biannual anthology of critical writing, PAVED Arts contributes to an active and vibrant community of media arts in Saskatoon and beyond.

What is available in the Production Centre?

  • Photo Suite: Large format printer (Epson Stylus Pro 9900), and premium selection of photo paper. Software includes Photoshop, Lightbox, Silverfast 35mm and 120mm negative scanning software.
  • Video Suite: Mac Pro 6-Core and two cinema display monitors. Software includes Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection, DaVinci Resolve, Premiere and more.
  • Audio Suite: Professional Apogee/Ensemble interface, selection of professional microphones, isolation booth and control room. Software includes Pro Tools, Logic, & Ableton.
  • Darkroom: Fully functional darkroom, free access for members.
  • Equipment Rentals: Our membership has artist-priced access to video, photography and audio equipment including – DSLR cameras, 35mm SLR, lenses, lights, tripods, cinema cameras, dollies, lighting kits, grip equipment, microphones, field recorders, Super 8 cameras, analog & digital projectors, and more!
  • Event Space Rentals: PAVED Members can rent the event space for performances, photoshoots, private meetings, fundraisers, movie productions, and more. Rentals include: PA system, projector, large viewing screen, green screen, adjustable track lighting, configurable space with stage risers, chairs, tables, small kitchen/bar area, and optional tiered seating.

What makes this all possible?

PAVED Arts is made possible by the efforts of our members and volunteers, and by support from our sponsors and principal funders: Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture / SaskLotteries, and the City of Saskatoon. We’re also thankful to Business for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Co-op Community Spaces, Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Community Initiatives Fund, and Young Canada Works.