25 January 2017
Creative Spaces: Guild is a new development that will transform over 1000m2 of vacant retail space into a collection of arts spaces in the Melbourne Arts Precinct.
Situated on the ground floor of a residential tower at 152 Sturt Street, Southbank, Creative Spaces: Guild demonstrates how existing infrastructure can be re-purposed to meet demand for smaller arts spaces in a neighbourhood defined by major arts venues.
In partnership with Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne's Creative Spaces program has entered into the commercial market, leasing the entire floor area and subdividing to provide smaller tenancies that are affordable and attractive to arts organisations and creative practitioners.
Creative Spaces: Guild will offer:
- A co-working space for independent theatre producers and creatives
- A rehearsal space for hire
- A curated public gallery that links Sturt St and Moore St
- A new café
- A boardroom
The National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and Melbourne Fringe will make Creative Spaces: Guild their new Melbourne base bringing their strong reputation and significant contribution to the neighbourhood.
This project marks an innovative response to the challenges facing arts organisations, with local and state government partnering to deliver infrastructure for the arts in new ways, responding to community and creative sector demand.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said access to affordable inner city space was one of the key concerns raised by artists and independent arts organisations.
"This innovative partnership addresses one of the major issues facing our small to medium arts sector, access to affordable space, while at the same time bringing a new creative energy to Melbourne's arts precinct."
"It's an example of the fresh collaborative approach we are taking to strengthening Victoria's reputation as a creative state and a place where artists can thrive."
Award-winning architecture practice, Archier, is the project architect responsible for the design and fitout of the co-working studio and Melbourne Fringe office. The café will be designed by Aktis.
Creative Spaces is a program of the City of Melbourne Arts Melbourne branch.