by Jolene Mackie
I think the most asked question I get in my studio from new visitors to our space is “what exactly is heARTschool?”. The fascinating thing about this space is the fact that it is still a challenge to define. Yes it's a shared studio space, creative space, gallery space, workshop space, community space, collaborative space...but it's so much more than that.
Just this morning I actually confused how long we had been working here at heARTschool – as it felt to me almost a year has passed worth of events, experiences, and interactions. It was hard for me to believe when I was reminded it's only been four months since our grand opening!
Being such a new and unique community – one of which I personally have never seen the likes of in my travels – I think the space is still realizing its potential – and opening up our minds to all the possibilities we will have here in the future.
So far – I think we have collectively deemed heART school as a 'working gallery'. A space that is dedicated to the collaboration, discourse, creation, teaching and critique of a multitude of arts and artists. From music to pottery; photography to paint on canvas – the creativity in this space is limitless.
The beauty of the space isn't limited to the vast natural light, large open studios, beautifully hand painted and collaged floors, or the amazing hand built chandeliers. What I find the most beautiful and valuable here at heART school is the interaction, inspiration, and drive that is provided me by being surrounded by such a vibrant and diverse group of artists. Each individual who works here, or who has come through our studios to chat and enjoy the energy of heART school has imbued in me a sense gratefulness – and at times – pure luck for having stumbled upon what has been the deepest source of change and growth in my life to this point.
I must admit I am ever thankful for the wonderful and inspirational creator of this space – Carrie Harper – for her constant support, joy, smiles, hugs, encouragment, and advice. We are just at the beginning and the best is yet to come.