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In person shopping by appointment

Nov. 27 - Dec. 18, 2020

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12pm-4pm

Call: 519-886-4566

Online shopping for curb-side pickup:

Nov. 27 - Dec. 16, 2020


Onsite, Outdoors and Online. There are many options to get involved with creative programming this fall. Featured image: Live sketch for a participatory performance, 2019, Jana Omar Elkhatib (photo: Lila Lavereau)


The Once Unknown: Online Juried Photography Exhibition juried by Mark Walton.

Opening: Saturday, Sept. 26, 6pm (online)

Large scale print of Untitled, Cyanotype, Mark Walton

installed on Button Factory Arts side door (facing

Spur Line Trail Laneway).


Home to the work of many talented local artists and artisans offering one of a kind art, pottery, jewellery, natural beauty products, knitted goods, cards, and more! Featured pottery: June Macdonald (photo: Pira Urosevic)

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Button Factory Arts is Waterloo Region's inclusive arts hub! Along with our own programming, we are also home to several other arts groups in the community including Theatre on the Edge, The Baden Storytellers and Kundalini with Kasia. Does your arts group need a home? Find out how to can rent the space. We also book private events, performances, concerts, recitals and more!

Holiday  workshops

Get in the holiday spirit and create your own gifts and cards!

This November and December have 3 great opportunities for your to bring the art making home!

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Watercolour Cards

with Nancy Peng

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Watercolour Cards

with Nancy Peng

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Watercolour Cards

with Nancy Peng

support art in your community!

Make a donation or become a member

We offer a safe and inclusive space for all members of our community to create, connect, and explore. Without our community support, we would not be able to continue to do the work we do. Please donate in ways that you can. At this time, during COVID-19 closures, donations are more crucial than ever.


Joining as a member helps us to continue to meet the important goals of our organization, and can also help us financially during this time. Click "Join Now" to sign up, and learn about our member benefits.

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What we



To enliven Waterloo Region as an inclusive hub that inspires and facilitates artistic exploration & creativity 


To offer arts education and promote engagement within the arts in our community.


Inclusiveness:  We believe that arts should be accessible to everyone

Experimentation: We believe in artistic exploration without barriers 

Development: We believe in helping people grow as artists and art lovers

About us

Founded in 1994, Button Factory Arts is a non-profit, charitable organization offering a diverse range of arts programming through exhibitions, classes and sales of unique work by local artists & artisans.

Button Factory Arts is a well respected and thriving Community Art Centre in Waterloo. We have a history of commitment toward our students and our artists. We are dedicated to producing programming that will bring the artist out in our students through classes and community projects within the visual arts. 


We offer classes and workshops for all ages and experience levels in group settings at our Uptown location, as well as other organizations throughout the region through outreach and community partnerships.


Button Factory Arts respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

Contact Us

Heather Franklin, Executive Director:

Allie Brenner, Program Director:

Erin Stamoulos, Head of Operations:

For general inquiries,

please use the contact form.

25 Regina St. South 

Waterloo, ON N2J 1R8

(During facility closure we are

not monitoring our phone system)

For general inquiries,

please use the contact form below

Please view the full Health & Safety Guidelines

before visiting the art centre.

The Health and Safety of our employees and visitors is our top priority.

We have implemented specific protocol to make sure that you have a safe and fun experience.