Enriched Bread Artists (EBA) is a not-for profit collective of 22 Ottawa artists working in all media and across many ideas and subjects. The group takes its name from the fact that the co-operatively run studios are located in a former bread factory. Originally formed in 1992 by fine arts graduates of the University of Ottawa, the member artists have changed over time, but as we celebrate over 25 years it remains the home to artists’ studios boldly continuing to inspire Ottawa.
In February 2020, our building and local landmark received heritage designation from the City of Ottawa. Built as a commercial bakery in 1924 for the Standard Bread Company founded by Cecil Morrison and Dick Lamothe, it’s a valuable example of early 20th century industrial buildings and representative of Sydney Comber – a British-born architect known for the commercial bakeries and dairy production facilities he designed across Canada.
The building’s plaque with the Latin proverb: Audaces Fortuna Juvat (meaning Fortune Favors the Bold), is prominently featured at the entrance. Today EBA is the biggest artist studio co-op building in the Ottawa region. Artists in the collective show their work locally, nationally and internationally. Normally, each October, EBA artists present an annual “Open Studio” where they open their studios to share their work and visions with the Ottawa community.
We hope to welcome everyone again into our studios in future years!