A rendering shows the entrance planned for the Hornby Island Arts Centre. Image supplied

A rendering shows the entrance planned for the Hornby Island Arts Centre. Image supplied

Work on Hornby Island Arts Centre to start this month

Community worked with award-winning architectural firm on design

Work on a new arts centre for Hornby Island is expected to begin this month.

The Hornby Island Arts Council has received the go-ahead to start the purpose-built facility in January. The plan is to have the new facility open by this time next year to provide a space for exhibitions, workshops, artist residencies, performances and public gatherings for a community in which many people work in the arts. Work was slated to begin in 2020, but as with so many community projects last year, things were delayed because of the pandemic.

The arts council and community have worked with architect D’Arcy Jones and his team on the design for the site. Jones and his firm are based out of Vancouver. D’Arcy Jones Architects has won awards from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts, among others, while the firm’s work has been featured in Architectural Record, Dwell, Hauser and Canadian Architect.

RELATED STORY: Hornby Island Arts Centre holds project update and social event

RELATED STORY: Hornby Island gets ready to build Arts Centre

“Over the years I noticed that the most unique and artful buildings on Hornby Island have interior spaces that are grounded and special,” Jones said in a recent news release about the project. “Continuing this tradition, the new arts centre has a very simple exterior, so that more effort could be spent building warm and timeless interior spaces. This will make the project feel both familiar and new.”

Planning for the project has taken place over many years. The community had provided seed funding of $175,000, through the auction of works of Hornby Island artists, along with significant private donations. From the seed funding in 2019, over that year the arts council rounded up more than $1 million. The project has received matching funding from Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation, the BC Arts Council, Island Coastal Economic Trust, a Community Works Fund grant from the Comox Valley Regional District, the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada’s Canadian Heritage Cultural Spaces Fund.

“With the building permit now in place and the tree removal permit pending, we should be breaking ground in January,” Hornby Island Arts Council president Louise McMurray said in the news release. “The pandemic has had a serious impact on the cost of construction and labour, so while we feel fortunate to have our base budget secure, we know we will need to continue to look for additional funds to put in the special touches we are hoping for.”

While current pandemic regulations will prevent any public groundbreaking ceremony, the Hornby Island Arts Council will be updating the public as the project progresses through the course of this year.

“With so many setbacks facing the arts and artists right now, with so many unknowns, we feel very fortunate to have this project to keep us focused and grounded,” council executive director Andrew Mark added.

The Hornby Island Arts Council began in 1998 and is a registered charity. For more information, see www.hornbyarts.com



mike.chouinard@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Arts

Just Posted

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
UPDATE: No sign of small plane that went down in Juan de Fuca Strait

Searchers out on both sides of border between Victoria and Port Angeles

Keygan Power, pictured at B.C. Children's Hospital,  plays chess five to seven times a day during his recovery care. Keygan suffered a life-threatening brain hemorrhage on Aug. 2.
(Photo Allison Power)
Vancouver Island teen ‘locked inside,’ battling to regain speech after severe brain bleed

16-year-old suffers traumatic loss of function, still plays a mean game of chess

Snow is sticking to the ground on Malahat Drive at Shawnigan Lake Road. (Drive BC)
Snowfall warning issued for Malahat

10 centimetres of snow expected between Goldstream and Mill Bay

Swanwick Ranch, a 67-acre property on Swanwick Road in Metchosin, features a luxurious 10,700 square-foot home overlooking the ocean. It is currently on the market for $14.1 million. (Sotheby’s International Realty)
The five most expensive homes for sale in Greater Victoria

A roundup of luxury estates currently on the market

The community services tent for people in need has found a home near Cook Street and Dallas Road. The Beacon Hill Park trust has prevented the tent from being installed inside park boundaries. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Help tent returns for the homeless near Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park

Homeless services tent installed on Cook Street to provide assistance for area’s homeless population

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

Cash and drugs allegedly found in a suspect’s possession following an arrest earlier this month in downtown Nanaimo. (Photo submitted)
Accused drug dealer arrested in Nanaimo carrying $20K, fentanyl, crack and meth

Terrance Virus, 39, being held in custody, scheduled to appear in court Feb. 1

A tip from the public helped Victoria police located and arrest wanted men Jonathon Muzychka and Dean Reber. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)
Tips lead police to arrest convicted killer, robber near downtown Victoria

Two men were at large after failing to return to community facility

Police are warning people of flu shot and vaccination frauds. (Black Press Media file photo)
Flu shot fraud charges West Shore resident for non-existent appointments

Fraudulent email claimed to be from London Drugs

Leila Bui with her parents Tuan (left) and Kairry Nguyen on Jan. 27, 2020 after Tenessa Nikirk was found guilty for striking Bui in a Saanich crosswalk. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Driver convicted of dangerous driving after hitting Leila Bui out on bail

Tennesa Nikirk was convicted for striking then 11-year-old Leila Bui with her car

The Pacific Rim Whale Festival is breaching for a COVID-safe return in March. (Poster photo by Owen Crosby)
Pacific Rim Whale Festival aims for virtual return in March

Educational celebration scheduled to arrive in Tofino-Ucluelet on March 15.

Extensive water on No. 4 and 5 at the Mount Brenton Golf Course following heavy rains earlier this month. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Island golf course does a booming business in 2020

A total of 15,000 more rounds played than the previous year at Mount Brenton

SAR crews worked late into the night Tuesday to rescue an injured snowboarder in North Vancouver. (Facebook/North Shore Rescue)
Complicated, dangerous rescue saves man in avalanche near Cypress Mountain

North Shore SAR team braves considerable conditions to reach injured snowboarder

Most Read