The AHVA Workshop provides support for a wide range of student and faculty projects, alongside ongoing technical support for departmental operations. Staff at the AHVA Workshop are able to provide support around many visual-art related processes, such as canvas stretcher construction, and small-scale sculpture in wood, plastic, and plaster.

Due to the necessary facilities access restrictions for safety during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, all access to the shop during the fall term must be booked in advance online. Students and faculty are able to access stationary powered equipment in the shop and may also sign out some smaller hand tools for up to a week. The area technician supervises the safe use of tools and equipment within the AHVA Workshop, and provides technical support as well as one-on-one consultation.

For additional information, providing detail for your booking, or consulting on your project please contact Andrew Keech by email at .


For booking time to consult with the technician, or see a schedule of closures for class use, use the online booking system here:

Download a summary of the workshop’s access policies here. To use the AHVA workshop you must:

  • Hold a valid WHMIS certificate (complete via UBC SRS course), and email the certificate to the technician
  • Complete the in person Workshop Safety Orientation
  • Read, understand, and fill out an Informed Consent Waiver, email a copy to the technician
  • Wear sturdy closed-toed shoes and long pants in the workshop at all times

Upon completion, all students are able to access the shop whenever it is open. Regular hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Closed daily from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

NOTE: Facilities and hours of operation apply only during Fall and Winter terms (September to April) each year. Closed or not generally available during the summer.

Equipment & Tools

The AHVA Workshop currently houses a variety of hand-held and larger power tools, as well as a thorough selection of hand tools available for students and faculty use. A wide variety of tools are available, but due to limited availability of some supplies, students are asked to provide their own personal protective equipment (P.P.E.) and a few basic items.

The following is an overview of the tools available to students in the AHVA shop:

Power Tools

  • Staple guns
  • Saws (circular saws, jigsaw, table saw,
    chop saw, bandsaw, reciprocating saw)
  • Drills (corded/less)
  • Drill press

  • Dremel
  • Nail guns
  • Sanders (corded/less, orbital, palm, stationary)
  • Sprayguns (airbrush and automatic)
  • Soldering iron, station, torch
Hand Tools

  • Hot glue
  • Measuring tools
  • Clamps
  • Hand saws

  • Flocker
  • Caulking gun
  • Wrenches
  • Assorted hand tools

Additionally, the shop has a variety of cleaning supplies (vacuums, brooms, dustpans), ladders, dollys, and other equipment to make using your studio space as productive and as easy as possible.


Certain hand tools, smaller, lightweight power tools, and all the cleaning supplies are available for sign-out through the shop technician.