A major objective of Granville Island 2040 is to build the Island’s reputation as a leading centre for the arts, by creating a dynamic, risk-enabling and resilient arts and innovation destination that attracts international attention. Critical to the vision of Granville Island 2040 is a transformational strategy to create new platforms that enhance experimentation and innovation. Two major new facilities are proposed: an Arts and Innovation Hub, in the repurposed Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD) North Building, for work in cross-disciplinary fields linking art, design and technology; and a flexible performance and installation space to showcase contemporary multi-media work at smaller and larger scales. And across the Island, there should be more opportunity for pop-up events, risk-taking, night-time activity, and fun.

Key Actions

  • Create a more dynamic, risk-enabling and resilient arts, crafts and culture community
  • Establish a new Arts and Innovation Hub at the soon-to-be vacant Emily Carr University of Art + Design, by providing space for cross-disciplinary fields linking art, design 
and technology
  • Build a flexible performance space to showcase contemporary, multi-media art practice and performance
  • Increase programming for festivals, short and limited-term experimental arts, and public art
  • Explore potential for a new artist-in-residence program

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