Seeking affordable opportunities to meet and study from local and visiting professional artists in an intimate setting. Watch them work, ask questions, hear stories, network and get inspired.
Daisho Workshops first got rolling in 2009 by a group of artists who met on ConceptArt.org and tenants of 221A Artist Run Centre. As regular attendees of giant international art workshops and conferences (Massive Black, CTN, THU, etc.), we always felt the need for something in the same spirit, but less overwhelming, closer to home, and affordable. Our first workshops were hosted by 221A, a non-profit organization and shared studio space in Chinatown, in-between their exhibitions. Eventually, Daisho grew a bit and moved to new hosts including Emily Carr University, Vancouver Film School, and others. Over the years Daisho has had the privilege of facilitating workshops for several of the industry's most respected artists.
The name, Daisho, references the samurai term meaning the pairing of the long sword and short sword. It is a metaphor for the teacher-student relationship and the duality principal.