Steelbox Art Lab

Steelbox Art Lab


Gallery Stratford's exciting new Steelbox Art Lab is an off-site exhibition and project space utilizing a re-purposed shipping container. The Steelbox Art Lab is a community outreach project, where any artists, youth, creative minds, and members of the community have a chance to share their artwork, installations or projects. The shipping container currently sits in the YMCA Parking Lot (204 Downie Street), next to the Skate Park on Downie Street in downtown Stratford. Please find more information on submitting proposals for exhibition. at the Steelbox HERE.

Past Exhibitions

Jody Turner: Wilderness Experience Kit

October 20 - October 29, 2017

Ikea meets the Canadian Wilderness in this new Steelbox Art Lab installation by Jody Turner.


Marthe Jocelyn: Three-Day Pop-Up Art Show and Book Party

October 13 - October 15, 2017, 11am - 5pm

Join author, Marthe Jocelyn, this weekend for a three-day pop-up launch of her new books, ONE RED BUTTON, ONE PIECE OF STRING and SAM SORTS.

Virginia Joyes: What goes around comes around

September 22 - October 8, 2017




What goes around comes around .... A recycler's daughter REPURPOSES antiquities and found objects creating a second generation life of usefulness in contemporary Conceptual ART.

Moments: A Photo Exhibition

September 15 - 17, 2017

Moments: A Photo Exhibition features the work of 16 local photographers who drew inspiration and creative direction from the photography class they took with Terry Manzo at Gallery Stratford


Paul Johnston: Repurposed Memories

September 8-10, 217



Stratford Artist, Paul Johnston will be transforming the interior of the Art Lab into a room furnished entirely from found objects. Visitors are encouraged to drop off trinkets to decorate the room and leave a short note about a memory attached to the object they are surrendering. Over the course of the weekend, others will be able to remove these items from the installation, taking home with them a bit of the item’s history before they begin attaching their own memories to it.

Claire Bartleman: Twice Taken

September 2 - 4, 2017

In Claire Bartleman's Twice Taken, the artist brings together unfinished craft projects she collected from friends, family and the larger Toronto Community during an artist residency at Harbourfront Centre this past summer. These half or partially finished knitting, crochet, needlepoint and sewing projects have been given new life by Bartleman who transforms them into finished artworks.

Vanessa DeGroot: Exposed-Experimental-Emotional-Interactive

August 25 - 27, 2017


Tyler Muzzin: /seɪl/ 


August 11 – August 20, 2017



In /seɪl/, the convention of the yard sale is represented as a microcosmic paradox - a phenomenon that is locally independent, yet bound to a worldwide market of consumer goods and commodities - a network at the heart of global economics, politics, and ecology. 

Abigail MacPherson: Trash-in-Fashion

August 5 - 6, 2017

Jenn Mezei & Gavin Cond: Plants, Patterns, Portraiture & Participation

July 28 - 30, 2017

Victoria Lewis: Canadian Icons (Revisited)

July 1 - 9, 2017

Decked Out II : Grade 10 Art Students from Stratford Central Secondary School

June 17 - 18, 2017

Decked Out : Grade 10 Art Students from Stratford Central Secondary School

October 1 - 16, 2017

The Steelbox Art Lab has received generous support from:

Julie Dingman of  

Michael Wilson | Architect



Space for the Steelbox Art Lab generously provided by: