The Shatford Centre is a creativity centre dedicated to creative well-being. The Shatford Centre is a social enterprise for the Okanagan School of the Arts. The mission of the Okanagan School of the Arts is to assist in the awakening and expression of the creative spirit.
The Shatford Centre has a deep rich history dating back to 1921 when it first opened its doors to our youth as a new edition to Penticton Secondary School. The Shatford Centre is only one of two buildings on Penticton Secondary School’s campus, the other one being the Ellis, named after pioneer Tom Ellis.
Currently the Okanagan School of the Arts operates the Shatford Centre as a social enterprise dedicated to arts, culture and creative well-being. Many renovations have occurred at the centre such as The Shatford Auditorium. Which has been restored with its original Eastern Maple hardwood floors and high metal embossed ceilings, and is an ideal venue for concerts, recitals, town hall meetings, dinner theater, conferences, presentations, reunions, dances and special occasions. Supplementing the auditorium are classrooms, open offices, studios and conference spaces for a total grand total of 28,000 sq ft dedicated to the arts.
The latest phase in the ongoing development of the Centre is the Shatford Learning Kitchen, which is located on our first floor adjacent to the auditorium/ banquet room. This community resource allows the Shatford Centre to provide culinary art classes through the Okanagan School of the Arts, lifestyle enhancement and wellness classes, special occasions such as celebrations of life, reunions & weddings, annual events such as festivals, concerts, banquets and fundraisers, and programming meals for students in Okanagan School of the Arts classes and workshops.