About

Who is Behind 100 Braid St Studios

Hello, I’m Susan & owner of 100 Braid St Studios. Welcome!

In 2013 I asked myself, If I could do anything I wanted for work and I wasn’t afraid to fail, what would it be? The answer & vision for an arts community where visitors can see working studio artists and then be inspired to explore their own creative natures can sharply into view. That vision is now a reality and I hope you’ll join me at 100 Braid St and come be part of the community!

If you’re really interested in the minutiae you can read the long-drawn out story of how Braid St Studios arrived in my brain here, but otherwise here’s a short snapshot of what we’re about.

100 Braid St Studios is an inclusive co-working art studio for New Westminster and Lower Mainland artists that allows visitors to be inspired artistically and to learn from the artists practicing in the studio. Studio artists produce fine art & craft in the form of paintings, sculpture, fiber, jewellery making, photography, and mixed media.

As our philosophy is the expansion of the dialog around the ever-blurring boundaries and continuum of art to craft we provide three programs that foster creativity:

1. Painting or Craft workshops focus on the fun and social aspects of getting together in a group to produce art.
2. Fine art classes cover the basics of a number of painting techniques, colour theory and artistic exploration.
3. In partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce we hold monthly workshops designed to provide professional development for creative entrepreneurs.

The Studio also provides an alternative venue for corporate team building, private meetings and celebratory events.

Vision
100 Braid St strives to be a leader in New Westminster and Lower Mainland contemporary art scene as an inclusive creative, learning and cultural centre. We’re a space for Serious Fun!

Mission
The mission of 100 Braid St is to support artists and advance the knowledge and practice of both contemporary & traditional arts and craft in New Westminster and the Lower Mainland. 100 Braid St creates opportunities for artistic exploration in both fine art and craft and encourages the exchange of ideas across cultures through workshops and classes in a variety of languages and formats.

Location

Our 5600 square foot warehouse & former winery is situated directly across from the Braid Skytrain station and at the intersection of Brunette and Braid in New Westminster.

Braid St Studios is an easily accessible location and may be looked on as the beginning of development of the Distillery area across the road and surrounding area of Sapperton.

The studio is open to the public, contains 16 artists’ studios, a large exhibition and gallery space which serves as workshop and class facilities. We are committed to the advancement of local art and artisans, showcasing the diverse international community of the Tri-city area.