Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts
Type: Other places
Web site: http://www.saintbrigidscentre.ca
Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts as a multidisciplinary venue for all kinds of artistic, cultural and social events.The centre is housed in the magnificent spaces of St Brigid’s Church, a former Irish Catholic church built in 1890.
Under the direction of architect J. R. Bowes, the building was largely constructed by the hands of Irish immigrants who came to Ottawa to assist in the building of the Rideau Canal. The Lowertown area, where the church is located, consisted mostly of Irish and French immigrants, whose greatest commonality was their Catholic faith. Saint Brigid’s provided a home to these parishioners until 2007 when the church was deconsecrated and made available for private purchase.
In honour of the church’s Irish history, members of Ottawa’s Irish community purchased the church to be converted into Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, home of the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre. This space is now used for various social and cultural events, including a variety of Irish cultural programming, musical concerts, art exhibitions, fundraisers, conferences and private functions.
St Brigid’s is also a heritage building, as designated by the province of Ontario in 1982. The building holds all the original religious artworks and architectural elements. It features limestone walls on the exterior, and interior in the basement. The main church space is constructed completely of wood with high vaulted ceilings, creating some of the best acoustics in the city.
Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts has hosted and collaborated with some of Ottawa’s finest cultural organizations, including the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, the Ottawa Chamber Music Society’s annual festival - Chamberfest, the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy, the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa and Festival X, the Ottawa Storyteller’s Festival, National Capital Network of Sculptors, the Ottawa Watercolour Society, Galerie SAW Gallery, Guerilla Magazine, and many more.
Saint Brigid’s recently expanded by opening The Rectory Art House – a small house of 8 artist studios, as well as the offices for Saint Brigid’s Centre and the Ottawa Storytellers. The Rectory Art House is another vein through which Saint Brigid’s strives to aid the city of Ottawa in developing an artistic and cultural identity.
The Saint Brigid's Centre consists of the following facilities:
Located in the basement space of Saint Brigid’s Centre, the entrance to the Kildare Room is located on Cumberland Street via steps. This room features newly repointed original stone walls, five beautifully renovated individual unisex washrooms, gallery lighting and most importantly, versatility. This space is exceptionally adaptable to different events and ideal for wedding receptions, banquets, private parties, small concerts and performances, and art exhibitions. Capacity: 258 standing, 200 theatrical seating, 180 banquet seating. Access to shared kitchen and separate green room. Small stage with lighting: 8 spotlights in front, 8 LEDs at the back, with lighting board, plus house lights. Gallery track lighting along side walls. Projector Screen installed on stage. Basic 4-channel P/A system available. Tables, chairs, podium available. Bar services available. This space is not accessible by wheelchair.
Church Concert Hall:
The Saint Brigid's Centre Church Concert Hall is the original sanctuary space of Saint Brigid’s church. As the building has heritage protection, all the original artwork and décor of the church remain, including the pews. Over the last few years, this space has been used for weddings ceremonies, private receptions, charity fundraisers, and corporate parties, as well as a variety of musical concerts and theatrical performances.
- Capacity: 699 (original church pews remain)
- Located on the upper-level of Saint Brigid’s – Entrance is on St. Patrick Street.
- Approximately 4500 square feet
- Smart Stage installed at altar (Approximately 40' X 28' or 1400 square feet)
- Stage Lighting: 36 spots with lighting board, plus house lights
- Basic 4-channel P/A system available
- Washrooms are located in the reception space in the basement – this space is not accessible by wheelchair.
- Tables, chairs, podium available.
- Bar services available
- Wheelchair accessible by side door ramp entrance.
Added by: rakerman. Contacted: Not contacted. Venue ID: 40511