For Vancouver’s local artists, finding studio and exhibition spaces can be a challenge. The VMF Residency Program builds upon the feasibility study conducted in Phase 1 (VMF Unleased) and delivers pilot projects for the creation of temporary artist studio and exhibition spaces in Vancouver.
Our Community Bikes (OCB) is a non-profit community bike shop in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The lease on OCB’s current storefront is set to expire in the medium term and the organization contracted Hessey to complete a facility plan to support a future relocation.
The Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society (VACFSS) engaged Hessey in 2020 after their lease was not renewed for their Child and Family Services office due to a landlord development project on the site.
Hessey and CIRES are aligned and often key partners in the development and delivery of innovative programs that serve to create local equity. These programs are typically directed at community-serving organizations and support their ability to achieve secure commercial space tenure.
Matt Hessey is currently a registered coach under the McConnell Foundation’s Innoweave program. Innoweave connects purpose-driven organizations with social innovation coaching to help maximize their social, economic, and environmental performance.