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11 August 2016

Following the recent announcement of a $3 million infrastructure investment by the Victorian Government, anchor tenants are now being sought for the Collingwood Arts Precinct.

A building 

Small-to medium-sized creative organisations are invited to submit expressions of interest  to become founding members of this new creative community.

The Collingwood Arts Precinct reimagines the old Collingwood Technical School - a largely derelict 6,407sqm heritage site in Melbourne's inner north - as a new cultural asset.

With the support of the Victorian Government and key philanthropic partners, the site will be transformed into a major new creative hub with artists' studios, offices for arts  and creative industries organisations, rehearsal spaces, galleries, artisan workshops, and venues for exhibitions, performances and public events.

The new precinct will offer secure, affordable tenancies and innovative programs to incubate, support and showcase emerging to mid-career artists, small to medium sized arts organisations and creative enterprises. It will facilitate an eco-system of collaboration between artists and foster meaningful community engagement with the arts. It will be a place shaped by fresh ideas.

The site will be managed by an independent Board known as Contemporary Arts Precincts (CAP). The Board is seeking submissions from organisations that wish to become  tenants of the precinct for an initial period of 3-5 years. An anchor tenant is an organisation that has specific requirements that need to be considered in the design of the site.

CAP is seeking anchor tenants that can make an active contribution to the precinct. Applications will be evaluated for a number of factors including key considerations:

  • Quality and diversity of cultural and artistic activity the organisation offers
  • Ability to activate the site and engage with the public
  • The degree of synergy with and potential for collaboration with other tenants
  • The availability and suitability of space for the proposed uses
  • Logistical and spatial considerations of housing the applicant
  • Ensuring the overall tenant mix is diverse and relevant to the local community
  • Ensuring full utilisation of the variety of spaces to their full potential
  • Ability to work to CAP's key timelines during the building and opening of the precinct
  • That the overall tenant mix ensures CAP's financial security and sustainability
  • The sustainability of the organisation and its capacity to create realistic long term goals

Applications from prospective tenants must outline the needs and contribution of the tenant organisation and may include additional support material such as programs, annual reports, visual material, or other information if required.

Expressions of interest for anchor tenants close on Thursday 15 September 2016.

The negotiation period with shortlisted applicants will begin in October 2016.

Visit the CAP website for full details