Living Arts Centre

The Living Arts Centre is a 225,000 sq ft (20,900 m2) multi-use facility which opened in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on October 7, 1997. The complex houses two theatres for the performing arts, Hammerson Hall and RBC Theatre (formerly Royal Bank Theatre[1]), an exhibition gallery (the Laidlaw Hall[2]), seven art studios and facilities for corporate meetings.[3]

Living Arts Centre
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General information
TypeArts centre
Architectural styleModern
LocationMississauga, Ontario, Canada
Address4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, Ontario
Town or cityMississauga
CoordinatesCoordinates: 43°35′23″N 79°38′46″W / 43.589604°N 79.64617°W / 43.589604; -79.64617
OwnerCity of Mississauga
Design and construction
Architecture firmZeidler Partnership Architects, Toronto
Main contractorPCL Constructors Canada Incorporated, Toronto
Other information
Seating typeRBC Theatre
Hammerson Hall
Seating capacity400

The Living Arts Centre was designed by the Zeidler Partnership, who were awarded an Award of Merit in the City of Mississauga Urban Design Awards in 1998 for the complex.[1] The building was funded by donations by corporate, community and individual sponsors, as well as the City of Mississauga and the Government of Canada.[2]

Glass artist Stuart Reid designed a piece made of etched and enameled glass, blown by mouth, for the main foyer titled "Dance of Venus", which won an international competition. It measures 30 ft (9.1 m) by 150 ft (46 m).[4][5]

The Hammerson Hall is the larger of the two theatres, providing tiered concert seating for 1300 people, while the RBC Theatre has a flexible seating arrangement, allowing for cabaret-style seating at tables[6] or up to 400 people for theatre performances. The complex once included a 100-seat theatre known as the Rogerson Hall,[1] but that is no longer in existence.[3][6]

A range of exhibitions, events and performances are hosted by both the Living Arts Centre and community partners, including the Mississauga Choral Society, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Mississauga International Children`s Festival, and several resident artists occupy the studio spaces.[2] The centre has averaged over 400,000 visitors each year.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "The Living Arts Centre". Zeidler Partnership Architects. Archived from the original on 18 October 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. ^ a b c "Living Arts Centre". Mississauga Culture. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "History and Mission". Living Arts Centre. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Stuart Reid". Gallery Phillip / Gallery Gevik. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  5. ^ "People - Stuart McKinlay Reid". Glass is more!. 29 June 1997. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Seating Maps". Living Arts Centre. Retrieved 5 November 2020.

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