Imagine this: a home for print artists in Alberta and beyond to exhibit their work, develop their practice, teach and share in the art of printmaking and develop their professional careers, continuing the momentum towards an arts-filled future for all to enjoy… lucky for us SNAP already exists!
It’s true, since 1982, SNAP has played a significant role supporting Alberta artists develop their practice, exhibit and tour their work and expand their professional careers. But over the past ten years SNAP has outgrown its current facility. With a growing number of artists, students and patrons who frequent SNAP to access print equipment, tools, exhibition spaces, artist studios and more, SNAP is over capacity. A good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless. The print community requires more space for practice, programming and teaching to serve Alberta artists and arts patrons.
In Spring 2020, SNAP will move its galleries and printshop into its forever home – an expanded 6,000 sq. foot space on 115th Street and 105th Avenue in the Queen Mary Park neighbourhood of Edmonton.
The new property is currently a blank canvas, but once renovation and development begins, it will bring the SNAP Gallery and Printshop under one roof; provide expanded exhibition and programming space for print artists; introduce new multi-use spaces including a classroom, a meeting room, expanded artist studios, increased parking, transit accessibility and more. The new location will allow SNAP to serve more artists, art curious and art lovers for decades to come.
SNAP has partnered with Edmonton real estate developer Gather Co. to bring the vision to fruition. Gather Co. has graciously offered SNAP a 20-year lease with fixed rates, securing a home for Alberta print artists now and in the future.
SNAP Needs Your Support
A move like this requires financial support from the community. The SNAP ON THE MOVE capital campaign launches September 2019 with the goal of raising $100,000 by spring 2020.
It’s a big goal, and every dollar counts.