A Virtual Visit to the VESSEL Lab

For anyone who hasn’t gotten a chance to visit the VESSEL Transmedia Lab in person, on the 3rd floor of Elliot Lake’s own Lester B. Pearson Centre, we invite you to this photographic walkthrough of our space, done over the holidays. Stop by RJ’s desk for a coffee and a laugh, check out the Vessel Creative Library and our working space, and even get a glimpse of director Kayt Lackie’s own office!

Your adventure awaits, after the jump…

The Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre

First up, the building itself! The Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre,  active hub for cultural and community events, is a hugely important spot in Elliot Lake. It is home to the Elliot Lake Welcome Centre, the Mining Museum, The Elliot Lake Arts Club facilities, ARIEL’s Gallery at the Centre, the Chamber of Commerce, Elliot Lake’s Culture and Recreation department, Digital Creator North: Elliot Lake and a number of fantastic community organisations and services.

We’re very proud to have our offices here at the Pearson Centre. Plus, there’s a Timmies (the only one in town!) just next door, for when we need some fuel. Vessel has made its home on the second floor.  As you reach our door, a quick jaunt left from the stairs or the elevator, you might hear the dulcet tones of typing and creative chatter.  Last month, the office was all set up for winter fun. And as you walk in…

Resource Boards

On your right, you’ll see pin-up boards for Creative Resources, VESSEL Project Information, and Elliot Lake History & Community. Here is where we keep the Vessel community informed about what’s going on, in and outside the office!

Project Planning Wall

On your left, you can take the opportunity to examine our Post-It Wall, where we’ve currently posted up notes on our Ephemera Storytelling Box; on the right, our group workspace and meeting table.

VESSEL Library



Take a look at our VESSEL Library, full of resource books on all kinds of creativity: transmedia storytelling, film production, song-writing, and comic art & writing, plus examples of some published experimental & transmedia storytelling. Stop by and flip through S,by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst, which tells the story of a relationship through hand-written margin notes in a book, complete with lots of other pull-out ephemera.


The Ephemera Storytelling Box Plan

Or check out The Unfortunates, by B.S. Johnson, a novel of 27 pull-out sections that can be read (mostly) in any order. And if there’s any book in our collection that thrills or intrigues you, chat with either Kayt or RJ and we can sign you up to lend it out… as long as you don’t lose it!

RJ Lackie, working hard at our co-working space in the VESSEL Lab!

In this corner we’ve also got our mini-fridge, our kettle (for that most important creative, substance), our Keurig (for its more energetic counterpart, coffee), and snacks.

Next, we’ve got RJ’s desk, where you can commonly find him (AKA, me) typing away – whether that’s making careful notes on drafts of our Ephemera Box pieces, composing a tweet (or twelve), or preparing notes for the next meeting of the VESSEL Team.


Today, the desk has been lent out to another member of the VESSEL team, leather artist Kristy, working on a key artefact for the Ephemera Storytelling Box.


And here is the secret sanctum of our creative director and lead voyager, Dr. Kayt (Burgess) Lackie. It is a calm oasis from the thrum of the main office, the heart of VESSEL where the big dreams are born.

Coordinator Shane Miljevic oversees a space where Elliot Lake youth can explore digital media.


Our partner organisations are also located in the Pearson Centre!  Digital Creator North: Elliot Lake is just down the hall. And many of our contributing artists belong to the Elliot Lake Arts Club, which happens to be our next door neighbour! And around the corner are the City of Elliot Lake’s Department of Culture and Recreation, a key VESSEL partner – made up of amazing people! We’re very grateful  to be surrounded by friends of VESSEL. Makes it all a bit less lonely.

Artist Hilda Ross
The Arts Club Painting Room
Culture and Recreation: Kate Matuszewski
Culture and Recreation: Deborah Brandow










Last but certainly not least, on the second floor is the Gallery at the Centre, a co-operative art gallery managed by the Arts & Culture Round Table in Elliot Lake (ARIEL). ARIEL is a not-for-profit arts council in Elliot Lake that offers support, via marketing, advocacy, coordination, grants, networking, and advertising, to local art and culture groups. They are also one of our VESSEL partners, and we could not do what we do without them.

And that’s your virtual tour of the VESSEL Transmedia Lab, on the 3rd floor of the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre in beautiful Elliot Lake, Ontario. If you’re local,  or if you find youself in town, please stop by! Our public hours are Thursday and Friday 1pm – 4:30pm, and you can always email us at vesseltransmedialab@gmail.com if you want to set up a chat with Kayt, RJ, and/or the rest of the VESSEL gang.

And remember, be ready for the launch of the Ephemera Storytelling Box, here at the Pearson Centre, next Friday! That’s Friday, January 25th, 2019! Keep your eyes peeled for more details as they come.

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