Photos from ACTIVE ACCESS DESIGN EARLY RESEARCH: DIRECTION & DESIGNERS Conceived by Jack Paterson with Anika Vervecken, Paul D. Power (disability, Deaf and MAD Arts) and Hannah Siden
PHT Creative Hub
The PHT Creative Hub has transformed how we collaborate and share performing arts with our communities. Creative Hub artist members from across performance disciplines fill our spaces, work on their own creative projects, and share their skills and expertise with each other.
Why a Creative Hub?
The PHT Creative Hub came from much organizational soul searching, research, and preparation in response to COVID-19.
“The pandemic deeply impacted the arts. But we saw an opportunity – to create a mutually supportive community of artists who feel a creative and working connection with PHT.” – Kim Selody, PHT Artistic Director.
This flourishing Creative Hub model is now well established at PHT. It continues to fill our spaces with creative energy and adapts as the program evolves.
How it works
The intention of the Creative Hub is to reduce barriers for performing arts creators to engage in artistic exploration and creation that is ultimately geared towards public presentation. Most importantly, the Creative Hub is a home for the arts, a mutually-supportive community of artists who feel a sense of connection to PHT and one another.
All Creative Hub members have access to:
- Studio, theatre, and admin spaces for free, subject to availability
- Storage for props and set pieces, subject to availability
- Basic promotion as members of the PHT Creative Hub
- Limited guidance and mentorship from PHT staff
- Access to the Artists’ Lounge to work, relax, and share ideas with other Creative Hub members
- Invitations and inclusion in Creative Hub member events and gatherings
In return, Creative Hub members provide PHT with 24 hours of volunteer time for each year of membership. The membership year runs from July 1-June 30 of every year, but you can join anytime.
In the building
The Creative Hub model required a complete reset of how spaces in the historic building are used by artists and audiences. With ongoing health and safety measures top of mind, PHT staff reconfigured traffic flow to allow one-way exits and entrances to most rooms and studios. Areas previously used for rehearsal or project development were refitted as micro-performance spaces with full technical capabilities.
Dynamic, flexible, and responsive to health and safety restrictions, these areas allow boutique performances with limited attendance.
Interested in becoming a Creative Hub member?
Applications for the Creative Hub are currently closed. Please subscribe to our newsletter for further updates.