BC Artscape is leasing approximately 48,000 square feet of the Sun Wah building to create a community arts and culture centre.  Spanning three floors as well as the rooftop, the community arts and culture centre will be a multi-tenanted facility where artists, local residents, community organizations, governments and businesses combine their efforts to foster culture and support community.  Programming and uses will be determined through the engagement and advice of the Chinatown community, but might include exhibition, production, performance, studios, non-profit offices and indoor/ outdoor programming space.



Please note that the below schedule is our best estimate at this early stage and we will make updates regularly as we move forward into development.

  • December 2016: Project Launch, Info Sessions and Request for Expressions of Interest process
  • February 2017: Report Back to Community Events 系列的“給社會的報告”活動 –
  • March 2017: Call for Tenants & Tenant Selection
  • February-September 2017: Design + Construction
  • October 2017: Expected Occupancy

Report Back to Community 給社會的報告

In February BC Artscape held a series of Report Back to the Community events to share the results of our Expression of Interest submission process and the next steps for our Chinatown community arts and cultural centre development and tenanting process.

See the Presentation

Community Engagement 社會參與

BC Artscape is committed to community engagement as an essential part of our project development process.  With the support of June Chow and Carmut Me, we are undertaking extensive consultations with a broad range of local artists, cultural groups, business owners, residents, and other stakeholders on the role of an arts and cultural space in Chinatown. Our community engagement work informs the emerging project vision, design, and operating plan for the centre as we move forward through project development into operation.

We have established a Community Steering Committee as part of the community engagement process.  Composed of local community members, the Community Steering Committee provides their guidance and expertise on the project’s design and vision, identifying and assessing potential tenants, and sharing information about the project’s goals and progress.

Community Steering Committee members are listed below:

  • Bill Yuen

    Manager, Heritage Vancouver Society

  • Yuriko Iga

    Owner, Blim

  • William Liu

    Owner, Kam Wai Dim Sum

  • Terry Hunter

    Executive Director, Heart of the City Festival

  • Al Cheng

    Owner, Chinatown Flea Market

  • Kate Armstrong

    BC Artscape Board representative