Arts & Culture

A community hub for artists and cultural and community groups

The organization is finalizing plans to lease the three floors of space along with the rooftop of the Sun Wah Centre and is accepting expressions of interest from artists, not-for-profits and arts, cultural and community groups that would like to become part of the new hub, either as tenants or program partne

The deadline for applications is Dec. 23. Occupancy is planned for October 2017.

Rental rates are expected to range from $1.50 to $2 per square foot per month and include utilities, Internet, phone and other services.
Inside the empty space at the Sun Wah Centre in Chinatown. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG

Friday’s open house, which runs 9-11 a.m. is the first of a planned three. Others are scheduled for Dec. 6 (noon-2 p.m.) and Dec. 8 (5-7 p.m.).

The Sun Wah Centre was built in 1987 and currently houses Hon’s Wun-Tun House, Scotiabank and the Chinese Community Policing Centre on the ground floor, with retailers and non-profits on the second floor. The space taken over by B.C. Artscape has been vacant for much of the building’s life.