cSPACE opens King Edward School to non-profits and artists in need

cSpace Projects is temporarily opening the vacant King Edward School for arts/community organizations and artists who have lost use of their studio and workspaces due to flooding this week. The school is located at 1720 - 30th Ave SW in the Marda Loop area.  Temporary storage and/or operating space can be accommodated in our 800 s.f classrooms in the heritage building and larger spaces can be mobilized if necessary. The site has power, plenty of parking, lockable spaces and working washrooms. Studio/workspaces uses can be for a few weeks. Storage can be longer. Contact Deeter.Schurig@cspaceprojects.org

Province of Alberta announces up to $3.5 million for cSPACE King Edward

cSPACE is excited to announce that the Government of Alberta will be providing up to $3.5 million in funding to advance development of a new arts hub and incubator at the former King Edward School in South Calgary. The Province’s overall contribution from 2011-2014 represents nearly 12% of the $31 million total project cost.

“The Province of Alberta has been an early supporter of the project, providing critical seed funding during our feasibility stage.  Minister Klimchuk’s continued support of cSPACE King Edward will ensure that this beautiful heritage building is restored and repurposed for what will become one of Alberta’s most exciting and sustainable arts facilities” says Reid Henry, President and CEO of cSPACE.

“The renovation and repurposing of the historic King Edward School as an arts hub and incubator will play a vital role in the development of Calgary artists while providing a wealth of cultural, social and economic benefits for the city and our province,” said Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk. “We are proud to join the City of Calgary, cSPACE and the organization’s funding partners in a project that preserves Calgary’s past while helping to build a solid future for Alberta’s cultural community.”

Government funding support will be provided provided through Alberta Culture’s Community Facility Enhancement Program. cSPACE has raised $11.5 million to date from multiple levels of government and The Calgary Foundation.

Market Collective is at cSPACE King Edward - Just in time for the holidays!

cSPACE invites Calgarians from all corners of the city to one last art extravaganza before we close our doors for demolition of the mid-century wings!

Starting this Friday night (Nov. 29), Market Collective will take over the historic classrooms and hallways of the former King Edward School. Featuring some of the best emerging artists, makers and musicians in the city, this vibrant market features:

Phantom Wing Video

Phantom Wing

cSPACE King Edward team recognized with Mayor's Urban Design Award

The Mayor's Urban Design Awards are biennial awards that acknowledge the important contribution that designers, architects and artists make in improving the quality of life in our city by producing high quality buildings and public spaces.  We are thrilled that our architects, Nyhoff Ferrari Westwood Babits, were recognized with a MUDA Award for an "Approved or Adopted Urban Design Plan" with their design work on the King Edward arts hub and incubator.

General Assembly September 24th - 29th, 2013

GENERAL ASSEMBLY has been called!

This is a 6-day interactive event celebrating a collision of people and ideas at the future cSPACE King Edward. (1720 - 30th Avenue SW)

cSPACE is reimagining the tradition of a GENERAL ASSEMBLY at the century-old King Edward School. But this creative gathering is nothing like what you remember from junior high! For several weeks this summer, cSPACE opened up the former King Edward School as a ‘triage’ centre for artists, galleries, collectors, and non-profits who were impacted by the flood. After hundreds of canvases and sculptural works of arts have been restored, spirits reinvigorated and studios reclaimed, it’s time to celebrate!

We’re bringing together a unique collision of people and ideas through a 6-day interactive event at the future cSPACE King Edward. Fashion, art, community and music are all connected in one special place, providing a glimpse of what cSPACE envisions for this historic sandstone school.

General Assembly collaborators include:

Phantom Wing (September 24th – 29th)
A pre-demolition project organized by the independent artist-curators behind Wreck City and The House Project. Seventeen artists/collectives are creating large-scale installations within the abandoned 1950s addition of the school. More information at phantomwing.wordpress.com

YYC Fashion Week (September 25th – 27th)
This inaugural event will promote Calgary as a centre for emerging fashion talent and highlight our city’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information at yycfashionweek.ca

City Council unanimously approves redesignation of King Edward Site

On Monday, February 11th, 2013 Calgary's City Council unanimously approved the application to redesignate the King Edward School site. cSPACE extends special thanks to all those who have contributed immensely to this master planning process during the past 2 yearsThis significant milestone marks the collective involvement of the arts and local communities, city council, city staff, and our shareholders and project team, to allow for a comprehensive redevelopment of the site and the preservation and reuse of the existing historic school.  We look forward to continuing the momentum towards realizing the full transformation of the King Edward Arts Hub and Incubator in the months ahead. 

Land Use Planning & Policy Public Open House

On Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 the City of Calgary Land Use Planning & Policy Department held a public open house at King Edward School. Approximately 100 residents from the community came to view panels that review the application to redesignate (rezone) the King Edward School site, to allow for a comprehensive redevelopment of the site and the preservation and reuse of the existing historic building. The proposal does not conform with the existing South Calgary/Altadore Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and so an amendment to the ARP is required as part of this land use redesignation.

For more information on this land use ammendement and city planning process, please go to:



DOORS OPEN @ King Edward


What an incredible Alberta Culture Days weekend at King Edward School! From Friday, September 28th until Sunday, September 30th this decade-vacant school came back to life as some 3000 visitors made their way through the grounds and halls to experience our Doors Open @ King Edward event. 


This event involved over 50,000 square feet of diverse programming throughout the school and included art installations, performances, workshops, works-in-progress, exhibitions, poetry readings, pop-up stores, robotic furniture, and interactive activities - with a little something for every one of all ages. 

During the course of the weekend we had the opportunity to greet MP Michelle Rempel; Alberta’s Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk, Christine Cusanelli Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, and MLA Teresa Woo-Paw; Alderman Brian Pincott and city staff; many Alumni, teachers, and even past principals of King Edward School; and citizens from the surrounding neighbourhood and city who’s curiosity was perked. 

Special thanks goes out to each of you who came to visit King Edward and to our partners who made “Doors Open at King Edward” so memorable. Without a doubt, the tremendous role-played by participants, volunteers, and partners in making this event so inspired and engaging cannot be understated. 

The weekend kicked off on Friday with PechaKucha Night #13 sponsored by Calgary Arts Development.  An audience of some 400 enjoyed 10 speakers’ unique perspectives on the theme of “seed” and got a little indication of King Edward’s renewal as an arts hub and incubator of engaging ideas. 

Mark Hopkins marked his 100th anniversary of “We Should Know Each Other” on Saturday and Sunday, and together with a notable volunteer crew brought together over 75 participant groups who occupied every inch of space available at King Edward. What an incredible showing of artists, performers, civic engagers, innovators, educators, to Calgary’s own Historian and Poet Laureates, who certainly invited visitors to enhance their thinking with a diversity of new ideas and perspectives. 

King Edward School Photography Competition Winners!

Thanks to everyone for coming out to Doors Open @ King Edward to view our photography exhibition and to see the jury selected top 20 photographs from the competition! 

After 5 hours of deliberation by our professional jury in the Spring of 2012, the following photographs were distinguished as follows:

“Old & New” by Michael Janke - Jury’s Choice Award

“Old & New” gives King Edward School a personality of its own, if only a sombre one. The photograph hints at the secrets the walls and ceiling must still be keeping. The worm-like intrusions of the pipes coupled with new lighting fixtures expand the depth of the past stories. The brown stains are telling of the building’s present state of mind. Colours, textures and soft light streaming through the window create an abstract of unmatched sublime quality. – James McMenamin


“The Sandstone of King Edward School” by Logan Facette - Exterior Honourable Mention & Community Choice Award

Sandstone hulks still dot the Calgary landscape, reminders of the city's first steps toward its current urban life. “The  Sandstone of King Edward School” evokes many facets of the King Edward School and Calgary: the river valley, home to at least ten sandstone quarries; the mountains, seen railing the horizon from the school's belfry; the skilled masons who built the school itself. In flying the viewer so close to the King Edward School's sandstone walls, Logan Facette ironically gives the viewer a bigger picture of what the school is all about. - John Frosst


“Interlude” by Daniel Cristini - Interior Honourable Mention