BLDG 333

At BLDG 333, we believe in the value of art. We support contemporary artists as entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, business coaching, commissioning, exhibition and career development opportunities along with top level studio spaces at affordable rates.

Current activities include:

  • A mentoring program
  • A commissioning & collaboration program
  • A venue for community events and programming
  • A curatorial residency program
  • Affordable studio spaces for lease. Please contact for availability and more information.

BLDG 333 aims to highlight underrepresented artists and to highlight the creativity implicit in the industrial realm. We are pleased to host our artists-in-residence, Xiaojing Yan and Esmaa Mohamoud.

We are also thrilled to have commissioned our first artwork by Montreal artists Simon Petepiece & Mati Contal of New American House. Please use contact below for more information.

Curatorial Residency

This three-month, part-time residency invites curators from across the Greater Toronto Area to connect with artists working and living in Markham and across York Region. Taking place at BLDG 333, the residency provides opportunities to focus on research into the creative opportunities in outer urban and industrial realms through community-building, public activation, programming and other activities. Additional attention may be given to how urban planning, zoning and related issues help or hinder cultural development in the area.

This curatorial residency is a key part of a longer-term vision for the transformation of a series of industrial buildings into a thriving arts district.

The residency offers:

  • An office and exhibition/activation space for the curator/artist
  • Introductions to the local arts community, including but not limited to the City of Markham, York Region Arts Council and the Varley Art Gallery
  • Studio visits with artists working on site and locally
  • Introductions to other communities including Markham Board of Trade, community groups and City councillors
  • Feedback from curators across York Region and the Greater Toronto Area
[Photo: Yvonne Bambrick]


Andrea brings her years of expertise as an art critic together with her business acumen to advise and guide selected artists, pro bono, on their careers. The focus is on the business development of each artist’s practice, providing connections and opportunities, support and encouragement.

Activities include:

  • Career & financial strategy and support
  • Networking and introductions
  • Travel to international art fairs
  • Support with promotional activities
  • Writing revisions for grants, applications etc.

Contact me at to inquire about mentorship opportunities, to join our mailing list as we continue developing our programming or just to introduce yourself!