City recreation and culture facilities and programs have been temporarily closed as of end of day March 16, 2020 for an indefinite period as part of the City’s COVID-19 response. This includes the Baggage Building Art Centre Facility.

It is uncertain at this time when the facilities will be re-opened and programs resumed.  City Administration is committed to providing regular updates on status via the media, social media, and the City’s website.

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Located in the renovated and expanded historic freight shed at the waterfront, the Baggage Building Arts Centre (BBAC) is a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration that adds to the City's programming and events at Prince Arthur's Landing.

The BBAC is the creative and social heart of Prince Arthur's Landing. It is open to the public year-round, and entry is free of charge. It is an incubator for creative people and organizations, and also provides a space to showcase local talent.

The Arts Centre presents and supports:

  • performances, celebrations, festivals, public and community events;
  • the creation and production of a wide range of arts activities with a focus on the multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts;
  • learning, skills development, and participation with a special commitment to young people, as outlined in the Inspire Thunder Bay Culture Plan;
  • collaboration, exchange and dialogue between individuals, communities and organizations;
  • a sense of community, well-being and social engagement.
 Rent the space

If you have an event, program or class you'd like to run, consider renting the Baggage Building Art Centre. Program space can be booked by individual artists and organizations alike.

For more information about space rentals, please contact culture@thunderbay.ca

Get involved

The Baggage Building is here for you! Find out how you can use the space, help with activities, programs, and events, sell your work, and connect with a creative community. 

Propose a class or workshop

Studio space is available to rent to run your own class or workshop, or you can submit a proposal for a class or workshop you would like to run through the BBAC. 

The BBAC hosts major family events throughout the year during:

These free family events are enjoyed by thousands each year, and we have a blast coming up with new and creative ideas to awe everyone. Get in touch if your group or organization has ideas or wants to get involved with these free activities.

Calls to artists

There are no calls to artists with the Baggage Building Art Centre at this time. Check back soon! 

For art opportunities with the City, check out the call to artists page.

Pottery studio

The Pottery Studio at Baggage Building Arts Centre is an accessible, fully equipped, working studio for all skill levels and for those wishing to experience a richer sense and appreciation for pottery and clay art. 

We offer high quality pottery classes, workshops, special events, demonstrations, and custom group activities inclusive to persons of all ages and abilities, new artists, intermediate and master potters, and special interest groups. We also offer an open studio program for potters who would like to use the studio to create work.

The Pottery Studio is open to the public. We offer classes for beginners and novices and Open Studio hours for novice and advanced-level potters.

 

 Pottery Studio Goals & Purpose
  • To provide a pottery studio space that promotes public awareness about pottery and clay art
  • To provide a venue for quality learning and skill development of pottery and clay art
  • To provide a venue with standards of excellence for professional and clay artists to teach and instruct those interested in pottery and clay art
  • To provide an accessible pottery studio space that is welcoming to all ages, abilities, and skill levels
  • To inspire the general public, potters, and clay artists, through sharing of information and knowledge
  • To provide a venue and opportunity for cultural exchange and creative expression
  • To foster community spirit, cultural awareness, and civic pride
  • To encourage the goodwill and involvement of the wider community

Classes, Programs, and Studios

The Arts Centre presents a variety of free and registered activities. Whether you're young or young at heart, there is a program to help you explore your artistic potential and develop your skillset. Come play and learn in a supportive, creative environment

To register for a class please contact the Baggage Building Arts Centre.

 

Pottery

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Printmaking

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Drawing

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Workshops
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Events

We have many community events and sales year round. See a list below of annaul events. For more details, contact the BBAC.

 

BBAC Fibre Arts Exhibition

Pottery Guild Christmas Sale 

Waterfront Artist’s Christmas Sale  

Christmas Bizarre Bazaar 

  

Exhibitions

The Baggage Building Arts Centre (BBAC) features two exhibition spaces that are visited by thousands of people each year. The ground level and mezzanine of the Centre, can each be rented separately. Exhibitions in those spaces showcase local and regional artists, collectives and other artist groups. Entry to both spaces is free of charge.

 

 Upcoming

Check back soon!

 

Contact us

Email:

For inquiries related to the Baggage Building Art Centre, Print Studio or Pottery Studio please contact culture@thunderbay.ca

Mailing Address:

2200 Sleeping Giant Parkway

Prince Arthur's Landing

Thunder Bay, ON

P7A 0E7

Hours

City recreation and culture facilities and programs have been temporarily closed as of end of day March 16, 2020 for an indefinite period as part of the City’s COVID-19 response. This includes the Baggage Building Art Centre Facility.

It is uncertain at this time when the facilities will be re-opened and programs resumed.  City Administration is committed to providing regular updates on status via the media, social media, and the City’s website.

Regular Hours

  • Tuesday - Friday, 11 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday, 12 - 4 pm
  • Closed Mondays

 

Summer Hours, in effect for July and August

  • Mondays 11-5pm
  • Tuesday - Friday, 11 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday, 12 - 4 pm

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