Makerspace, Studios, Teaching Space, Eventspace - all available beginning June 1. 2013.

Crispina’s former Notre Dame Church 40 Melville St. Pittsfield, MA 01201


My hubby, Chris Swindlehurst, and I own the former Notre Dame church.  We are retrofitting it to serve artists and the community.  Studio/Makerspace is suitable for any artist looking for room to make art that is non-toxic, and does not require a kiln or other special equipment.   Here is what we have available:

  • Studio Space

approx. 144 sq. ft. of private (albeit open) space within a sun filled room of over 5000 sq. ft.  Shared with 8 other artists and countless makers.  Rent is $250 per month, which includes all utilities, and Wi-Fi, and scheduled use of common space for large-scale work.

  • Screen Printing Studios

approx. 144 sq. ft. of private (albeit open) space within a sun filled room of over 5000 sq. ft.  Rent is $300 per month, which includes all utilities, Wi-Fi, scheduled use of common space for large-scale work.  Screen Printing Studios also include the use of shared standard sized screens, drying racks, emulsion, ‘dark’ room and screen exposure unit.  Tenants are responsible for their own transparencies, inks, paper, and squeegees.

  • Makerspace  - 

Screenprinting Makerspace -For short term, project based needs.  This includes the use of all tools, equipment, and studio monitor.  It does not cover the cost of inks, paper, or transparencies.  Repeat/Regularly Scheduled screen printing Makerspace renters may be eligible for discounted, non-monitored rent at $250 full day or $150 half day if they have taken our screen printing workshop or, for some other reason, they have experience in our space and with our equipment and have demonstrated respect and successful independent work.


  • Clean Table Makerspace -

is suited to short-term, project-based needs.  Rent for a full 8 hour, day is $100.  Half Days of 4 hours cost $65.  This includes the use of common space with banquet tables and folding chairs for use by a maker.

  • Gallery Space - 

BINGO! is our onsite gallery - available to artists/crafters who desire to show their work in a professional gallery setting.  Interested makers must submit slides of their work along with our BINGO! Show Questionnaire.  We are especially interested in promoting work pertaining in some way to environmentalism.  Rent for a month long show is $250.  Showing makers will be the focal point of our monthly gallery opening in collaboration with the City of Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalks.  Posters, postcards, and online marketing are included in rent.  Showing makres are required to be present and contribute to the opening reception and marketing efforts.  Showing artists set their own hours and appointments.  There is no commission for sales made.

  • Workshop/Teaching/Meeting Space  

There is a 1000 sq. ft. space in the center of our sunsplashed space in the lower level of the church designed to accommodate workshops, lectures, screenings, and gatherings.  This space is available to rent for $200 per evening.  Discounted rates are available for regularly scheduled events.  Rent includes the use of banquet tables and folding chairs.  There is a projection screen, and podium on a 7” high hardwood floored stage.

  • Event Space  

Our magnificent nave in the upstairs of the church is available for events.  Weddings, Symposiums, Film Screenings, Dinner Parties are some ideas.  We provide the Berkshires’ most majestic open indoor space, for up to 400 people – you make it happen.  $1500 per weekend.  If special permits are required there is an additional charge.