Detroit Artists’ Test Lab now open on the east side

Source: Curbed Detroit

Mural by artist Michelle Tanguay

Photo studio, meeting space, and more

After a long renovation, an artist-focused space is now open on Detroit’s east side. Located in a 1922 building on Mack Avenue, the Detroit Artists’ Test Lab offers a photo studio, podcast studio, an event and gallery space, and soon, co-working and private offices.

A grand opening celebration is planned for Thursday, June 21 from 2-11 p.m. The public is welcome to stop by.





Artists Glenn Urquhart and Kira Kessler own the building, and have transformed it into the community space it holds today. A grant from the Motor City Match program helped the couple complete the space. They wanted to build a welcoming place for creatives to work, meet, and launch or advance their careers.

During renovation
Artists’ lounge

The 12,000-square-foot building includes the 2,500-square-foot photography studio and the 3,500-square-foot event and gallery space.

The gallery, also called the Test Lab, can also host parties and community events.

“We were looking for a place in a diverse, inclusive neighborhood to live, work, and play and where we could thrive in our craft and help others blossom as well,” said Urquhart. “Detroit’s east side offers many resources for entrepreneurs, innovators, nonprofits, and small businesses, and as entrepreneurs we wanted to find an innovative way to use the building to be able to do the same. We look forward to engaging the artist community at Detroit Artists’ Test Lab in a way that is meaningful and useful to them.”

Seven metro Detroit artists’ work will be on display during the grand opening June 21. The event will also host a mini film festival and an artist Q&A. The DATL is located at 14600 Mack Avenue.


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