An external view of the main entrance to the ArtLab building.

School of Art facilities

Our facilities include:

  • Large-format digital print shop
  • Large new darkroom and wet lab spaces
  • Extensive sculpture fabrication facilities
  • Comprehensive ceramics area with newly built wood-fired kiln
  • MACLab and private editing suites
  • Sound stage
  • Print media studio equipped for a broad range of print and papermaking processes

Find facilities relevant to your medium


This award winning building offers creative spaces of the highest caliber. Students from all areas of the School of Art have access to tool and equipment cribs, a wood shop, and professional quality digital printing facilities. A large, smart lecture theatre seats 147 people and is suitable for performances or projection programming.

ARTlab includes:

  • School of Art Gallery
  • drawing, painting, and first-year studios
  • lighting studio
  • MAClab
  • Print Media studio

180 Dafoe Road W
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Mail room: 204-474-6551
Print media: 204-474-8988
Digital production: 204-474-8992

Fax: 204-474-7605

Hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

After hours, weekends, and holidays are accessible by card swipe only.

MACLab digital production

Art Barn

The Art Barn is a two-story renovated dairy barn providing well-ventilated loft studios for painting. Facilities include:

  • Custom-made adjustable wood or stacking metal easels for small to very large painting surfaces

  • Access to fully equipped wood shop for stretchers and installation work

  • Studio spaces for graduate and fourth year honours students

Art Barn
21 Service Street 3S
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Main floor: 204-474-8848
Second floor: 204-474-6607

After hours, weekends, and holidays are accessible by card swipe only.

Taché Hall

The L.L. Fitzgerald Wing of Taché Hall (adjacent to and connected to ARTlab via two skywalks) houses student galleries, new wet photography labs and darkrooms, vacuum former, media crib, graduate and fourth year honours studios and faculty offices.

Media Crib

The Media Crib is located in Room 147 Taché Hall.
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

School of Art Students with a valid Media Crib membership may borrow DSLR and analogue cameras, lighting kits, tripods, audio recording gear, projectors, monitors, and other equipment for their projects.

Yearly memberships are available for purchase through the Media Crib, and are priced as follows:

  • BFA Student September-April (inclusive): $52.50 after taxes
  • MFA Student September-April (inclusive): $63 after taxes
  • BFA Student May-August (inclusive): $26.25 after taxes

After you have paid for your membership and signed an Equipment Loan Agreement (PDF), you will receive a coloured sticker to place on your UM ID card. The colour of the sticker determines what you will be able to borrow.

  • Green sticker = All School of Art Students
  • Purple sticker = Students who have completed and/or are currently enrolled in a 3000 level photo/video class
  • Orange sticker = Senior Studio and MFA students in photo and/or video


For more information, please contact:

Kristiane Church

Photo Technician and Media Crib manager
Room 147 Taché Hall
Phone: 204-474-8977

Taché Hall
150 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After hours, weekends, and holidays are accessible by card swipe only.

Ceramics and sculpture building

This large single-story building was specifically designed and constructed for three-dimensional media, ceramics, and sculpture.

Ceramics facilities include a full spectrum of contemporary and functional ceramics practices:

  • clay and slip-making equipment
  • fully stocked glaze lab and plaster room
  • electric and kick wheels as well as slab roller
  • firing capacities include electric, experimental, and a recently constructed wood-fired “Train” kiln

Sculpture facilities include:

  • large facility with high ceilings and wide doorways accommodate works of considerable scale
  • metalworking including MIG and TIG welders, plasma cutter, slip roller, blast cabinet, and small foundry
  • fully equipped carpentry shop
  • large selection of hand and power tools
  • fume room


Ceramics and sculpture building
47 Service Road 1S
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Hall phone: 204-474-8993
Room 100: 204-474-8846

Mondays and Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Fridays: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

After hours, weekends, and holidays are accessible by card swipe only.

Card swipe building access

Card swipe building access is available for all registered School of Art students from Monday to Sunday, 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

  • Access expires the Tuesday after the weekend of the last day of classes (excluding MFA students).
  • Card swipe access is available on statutory holidays. However, there is no card swipe access during the December shut down.

Working alone

If you plan to work or study late at night or on the weekend in a School of Art studio:

  • Study with a partner or friend.
  • Leave your phone number with someone at home so they can contact you, if necessary.
  • Make sure you know where the nearest telephone is located.
  • Avoid isolated areas.
  • Call UM Security Services (UMSS) for a Safewalk anytime of the day or night to escort you from one location to another on campus.
  • Work with a partner or friend if you are using dangerous equipment or materials.
  • Locate the nearest emergency phones, first aid kit, eye wash stations, and other safety equipment so you know where to go in case of an emergency.

Need emergency support?

Call campus security at 204-474-9341 or use one of these links.

Emergency numbers and resources

Sexual violence help and info

Room Bookings, Space Requests and Install Procedures

The School of Art offers a variety of spaces for your next critique, exhibition, and event.

Room Bookings, Space Requests and Install Procedures

School of Art
Room 313 ARTlab Building
180 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2

Toll free: 1-800-432-1960