Gibsons School of the Arts

Workshop location and venue

Workshop location

The workshops are located on the Sunshine Coast in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada. Gibsons is a very scenic 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver, B.C.

The Town of Gibsons has received United Nations recognition as the “most liveable community with a population under 20,000” and the local water has also been judged to be the purest in North America.

The summer weather in Gibsons is exceptionally pleasant, but we have to have the odd shower to maintain our famous rain forests, and sometimes the sun gets a little strong and a hat may be needed!

Workshop venue

The School meets in a new and larger venue in 2021. High Beam Dreams is located in Lower Gibsons and classes will follow COVID-19 safe procedures.

1 - 3High Beam Dreams, Gibsons, B.C. High Beam Dreams, Gibsons, B.C.High Beam Dreams, Gibsons, B.C. ~ outside area<>Formerly a church, High Beam Dreams is a beautifully restored events venue that combines old world charm with all the modern amenities. This multi award winning venue suits indoor or outdoor events. Since opening in 2018 High Beam Dreams has hosted concerts, art shows, weddings, a film festival and myriad other events. Following the COVID-19 safety upgrades made in early 2020 this venue operates with a strict safety protocol that exceeds provincial and health guidelines.

The 2000 sq. ft. structure features soaring ceilings, ample natural light and significant cross ventilation. Pre-COVID-19 events had a capacity of 100 attendees. The summer art workshops will be limited to 14 students, allowing 6-foot social distancing to be maintained in full classes. Outside there is a comfortable gathering spot and a brush and container cleaning sink.

Washrooms include 2 toilets with automatic bleach rinse, touchless hand sanitizer and soap dispensers. Each person is provided with individual toilet rolls.

High Beam Dreams will provide a safe, pleasant and comfortable area for the 2021 art workshops. It is located at 350 Glassford Road; directions can be found here: google maps.

Area information

Partners who wish to accompany students to enjoy a holiday locally will find many activities to entertain them. There is tennis, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and four golf courses with varying degrees of difficulty. There are many festivals held on the Sunshine Coast in the summer months. We recommend that you visit the links below for more information, especially in light of potential COVID-19 impacts on activities and events. Visitors to the Sunshine Coast may want to consider extending their stay to include some of the many summer festivals and events, including:

      • The Sea Cavalcade

           • The acclaimed  Festival of the Written Arts

                • The Hackett Park Juried Craft Fair

                     • The Creek Daze festival in Roberts Creek

Sunshine Coast web resources

Comprehensive information on events, activities, travel and accommodation on the Sunshine Coast can be found on these websites: