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Get involved with DWAC

Explore the opportunity to become part of a dynamic arts endeavor within your community.

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DWAC Membership Info and Form

By becoming a member of the Durham West Arts Centre you are helping grow the support for a permanent performing and visual arts centre in west Durham.
Visit our membership page for details.
Or download your membership form here.

Partners and Community Links

Ajax Creative Arts
Cultural Expressions
Durham Tourism
Durham Sustainability
Oshawa Art Assoc.
PineRidge Arts Council
Scugog Council for the Arts

Just a few

Reading and Remembrance
~ October and November

DWAC was proud to once again partner on this project. FREE on-line lessons for Women's History Month, Veteran's Week and Remembrance Day.

Be sure to visit: ReadingAndRemembrance.ca


2013 Archives

Looking for DWAC's 2004~2007 history? Check out this link.

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Thanks to our 2016 Tour
Corporate Sponsors


Register now for Fall Classes!

DWAC is currently taking registrations for Pottery and Art Classes for the Fall 2016 session. Weekly sessions are available after-school and on Saturdays for children 6+. Both daytime and evening classes available for adults. Download and print registration form or come into the Studio to register.
Call 905-420-2667 for more details.


Call for Entry

9th Annual Durham West Arts Centre Studio Tour
Open to Ontario Artists and Artisans PDF
Application Deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2016


The City of Pickering and Durham West Arts Centre Foundation are working with Webb Management Consulting Services to assess demand for a new Arts Centre in Pickering. As an important member of the community, and as a potential user of new facilities, we invite you to participate in a brief survey to help us understand if and how you might use spaces that may be included in the centre (ie. performance space, exhibition space, teaching/rehearsal space, meeting space). Please click HERE to access the survey, or copy the following link into your web browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/dwac The survey will close on Wednesday, October 12 at 11:59 pm. Thanks to those who have already completed the survey. We certainly value your input.

If you are self-employed, check Other and type self-employed in drop down box
2. How would you define your organization?

Further to the survey, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you (or your designate) to participate in an important meeting to plan for the operation of the Arts Centre. As part of their work, Webb Management Services is working to develop a business plan for the facility, which means addressing how it should be programmed, operated, and financially sustained. Given that you have been identified as a potential user of new arts spaces, the consultants would like to involve you and your organization in the effort.

The meeting will take place at the on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 7-9 pm at the Pickering Recreation Complex Arena – O’Brien Meeting Rooms (located at the back of the Complex at 1867 Valley Farm Rd.). The Consultant will be developing operating policy and practices in such areas as scheduling, ticketing, food & beverage service, and backstage operations. They will also be considering ways that a new arts centre might be operated, talking about important issues like rent, and bringing you up to date on other elements of the project.

This will not be your only chance to participate in the planning process, but it will be a very informative and important event. If you or someone from your organization can attend the meeting, please RSVP with Leigh Brazeau at lbrazeau@pickering.ca or 905.420.4660 ext. 2177 by October 20th. If you can, please prepare by thinking about how often you might use the new facilities and what types of operating arrangements would suit your needs.
Thanks for your consideration.
Marisa Carpino, M.A.
Director | Culture & Recreation Department
905.420.4660 ext. 2025 | 1.866.683.2760 | mcarpino@pickering.ca

2016 Studio TourExpect the Unexpected – at the 2016 Durham West Spring Studio Tour

Studio Tour Brochure PDF HERE

It is time again for the Durham West Art Centre’s annual Spring Studio Tour. 2016 marks the 8th year that Durham artists will open their studios to the public highlighting the wealth of creative talent within our region. Taking place on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, this successful event returns with a line-up of 24 artists showcasing a diverse range of creative works. This free, self-guided tour allows visitors to speak to emerging to senior artists working in a variety of media, including photography, stained glass, pottery, painting, sculpture and jewelry. Not only do visitors get the unique opportunity to engage with working artists and invited guests in their studio spaces to discuss techniques and processes, many of the artists will have their presented works available for purchase, adding to the idea of the event as a virtual treasure hunt. There is a wealth of creativity and talent waiting to be discovered in Durham truly representing our claim to “Expect the Unexpected!”

Great News!

Durham West Arts Centre Foundation applauds Pickering for supporting arts centre

Feasibility study to be included in 2016 budget deliberations

Dream of Durham West Arts Centre in Pickering closer to becoming a reality


Arts Centre QuestionIn January Pickering will hold a by-election for Ward 1 City Councillor. PRAC, DWAC and DWAC Foundation posed this question to the candidates.

As a City Councillor for Ward 1 candidate and if elected, PineRidge Arts Council, and Durham West Arts Centre and Foundation are wondering if you/will you support an arts centre in Pickering?

Responses to be posted on line. Click HERE



Who or What is DWAC?
The Durham West Arts Centre is a 'hub' organization working to establish links with artists, arts groups and arts lovers. We want to meet and talk to the groups and individuals who are willing to help build the infrastructure for a permanent arts centre in Pickering.

Who or What is DWAC Foundation?
Our mandate is to organize, plan, design, fund, contract for, and build a performing and visual arts centre in the western part of the Durham Region, for the benefit of the citizens and arts community in the Durham Region.

The Vision
The arts centre is envisioned to include performing, media, visual arts and multi-purpose spaces serving local and regional audiences and artists, and featuring local, regional, national and international talents.


OAAThe Oshawa Art Association



ACAAjax Creative Arts
22 Sherwood Dr. W. Pickering Village, Ajax.
New Members Welcome


Party Time

Come Celebrate Your Birthday Party with Creative Clay Play!

Sculpt a hand-built treasure for your Birthday chosen from a selection of varied projects from display models at the Studio.
Schedule: 2 hours – 1 ½ workshop (raw materials, use of Studio tools included) & ½ hour of glaze decoration.
Ages: 6+. Minimum of 8 participants to maximum of 12.
Over 12 participants will require an additional instructor at a cost of $25.00. Upon registration a non-refundable deposit of $30.00 will guarantee the booking.
You may choose to use the Studio’s glaze room for continuing your celebration (food, cake, etc.) for an added cost of $10.00 per half hour. Please bring all party supplies with you including a tablecloth.
We recommend guests arrive 15 minutes early to enable the party to start on time and guests should be picked up 15 minutes before end of scheduled time to avoid an additional charge for room usage.
The clay projects will be fired within 1 ½ to 2 weeks and you will be contacted to arrange a convenient date for pick-up of finished works.

Pottery & Art Studio

Potter Studio

Pickering Recreation Centre
1867 Valley Farm Road,
Pickering, Ontario L1V 1Y7

Telephone: 905.420.2667
Mail: P.O. Box 667,
Pickering, ON L1V 3T3

About the Studio | Lessons

Art class registration form


2015 Arts Survey

Responses posted, click HERE.

Art as a Core Value?

Responses HERE

At the Centre

Durham West Arts Centre is proud to announce our new location and move to the Pickering Potters Studio in the downtown Recreation Complex. This exciting new venture allows DWAC the opportunity to teach, interact and engage the public through dynamic programming. In addition to continuing with the well-established pottery programs, we plan to offer a diverse range of visual arts programming from the studio location.

It will also be the home and office of DWAC, providing us with a central hub from which to continue to build and promote the idea of creating a permanent home for the arts centre here in Pickering.








DWAC sponsors and supporters

Thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters.

Memberships with:

Ontario Museum Association

PineRidge Arts Council
City of Pickering
Durham Tourism | Town of Ajax

City of Pickering Pickering Public Library Trillium Foundation


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 667 | Pickering, ON L1V 3T3 | Canada
Durham West Arts Centre Inc. | Pickering Recreation Complex | 1867 Valley Farm Road | Pickering, ON L1V 3Y7 | Canada
T. 905.420.2667


Our Mission is to support, promote and present world-class, contemporary arts and culture. Through education, presentation and
partnership we will continue to develop awareness and engagement in the arts, increase our audience and membership, be
sustainable and champion the intrinsic need of arts and culture to our community.


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