Art Incubate

52 and 56 Regina St N. Uptown Waterloo

Upcoming Events

With a new show in the Window Gallery at 56 Regina St N every two weeks, there’s always a good reason to visit Art Incubate. There are no regular open hours here - just peek inside! The Window Gallery is an experimental exhibition space and allows artists to exhibit new work without a formal jurying process. We will be accepting proposals at the beginning of July.

Keep an eye out for special events when the gallery and studio spaces are open to the public by arrangement with the exhibiting artist or AP.

Incubator Artists

Artist Tenants

Art Incubate Information


Art$Pay is expanding its role with the creation of Art Incubate, a tangible artist support program, that includes studios and galleries at 52 and 56 Regina Street North in Uptown Waterloo. The two properties have been donated by HIP Developments for a two year period.

The Art Incubate pilot project is designed to offer local visual artists exceptional studio space with a focus on generating community engagement. The ground floor at 56 Regina Street North operates as a visual arts incubator for five emerging artists in a shared studio over a 12-month time period, with 8-10 practicing artists renting private and shared studios at cost throughout both buildings. The studios houses artists from a mix of career levels to share networks, resources, new ideas, energy and mediums. Interest in collaboration and community are requirements for any studio tenancy.

Responding specifically to the lack of affordable studio space for young emerging artists, ArtsPay awards five emerging artists with sponsored studio spaces for one year on the ground floor of 56 Regina St N. Additional sponsors of this incubator program include the Region of Waterloo, City of Waterloo, City of Kitchener, Perimeter Development Corporation, and Miller Thomson LLP who will each support a young artist throughout their term, with Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc. helping prepare the studios for occupancy. The program covers rent, a small stipend for art supplies, and payment towards an outreach activity.

Location: 52 Regina St. & 56 Regina St. North in Waterloo
These two adjacent houses on Regina St. in Uptown Waterloo, the former Relish Cooking Studio and Mini Car Collectibles, have been generously offered by HIP DEVELOPMENTS for Art$Pay (AP) to manage as visual art studios and exhibition spaces for 2, perhaps 3 years. This location is close to bus lines, cafes, restaurants, shops, art supply stores and more, with free parking behind 52 Regina St. and between the two houses.

Check out videos of the spaces HERE.

 Shared Open-Concept Studios and Private Studio Spaces range from $200 to $600 monthly; 4 months term for shared and 12 months for private, with the option to renew, for up to 15-17 actively practicing visual artists. Occupancy began May 1, 2019. The two buildings will be managed as one unit to facilitate another active visual arts centre in the Uptown, with some amenities shared by all tenants, other AP members and the public.

Studio rent includes all utilities, taxes, free parking, access to common spaces with kitchenette & washroom, keyed tenant access, locked storage for art materials, basement clean-up sinks & storage for larger items and exhibition space access. Rental rates are non-negotiable and calculated to cover operating expenses without profit for AP or owner.
Each tenant is entitled to exhibit their artwork for 2 weeks free of charge in the 56 Regina St. window gallery, and has priority access to larger exhibition spaces with a ‘pay what you can’ or low rental fee model. This larger space is suitable for group exhibitions, sales, workshops, meetings for about 35-40 seated people and more.
Some AP portable display system will be stored on-site, available for exterior events in paved parking lots 

Tenant eligibility includes actively practicing professional visual artists, those who are developing a visual arts professional career, and post-secondary visual arts graduate students. No commercial businesses. Proposals are welcome from visual arts cooperatives, and for alternate approaches or divisions of studio space to generate equal rent.
AP membership will be required of all tenants. AP members, including Supporting Members, will be given priority access to use gallery and meeting spaces. See to join as a visual artist, curator or Supporting Member, and for other membership benefits.

 Exclusions: This location is not suitable for artwork that involves open flame, strong fumes including encaustic work, loud noise, music, machinery or heavy power uses. Pet and smoke-free premises; no subletting

Gallery Meeting Spaces will be booked on a ‘first come, first considered’ for approved programming during the first six months, with a ‘pay what you can or what is fair” experimental approach.  Possible uses of these spaces include small and large exhibitions, hosting workshops, sales of fine art & craft, meetings, Meet-ups, Talks & lectures, small gatherings and socials … your ideas!  Exclusions and conditions listed above apply.

For more information and the full media release, see here.