26 February 2020
Thirteen regional organisations across the state will share in $831,211 in funding through Creative Victoria’s Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Places program, a pilot program to support new regional creative hubs or breathe new life into creative sites for the benefit of creative practitioners and visitors.
As part of the program Arts Mildura will receive a $54,517 grant that will support the organisation to fit-out its Deakin Avenue headquarters with four new artist studios and a coworking space for creative professionals working in a range of fields.
Set to open later this year, the newly invigorated space will also offer a professional development program which will see visiting artists and local creative leaders host events and programs to provide new skills to the local creative community.
The project will also include the establishment of an online store which will allow people from near and far to purchase local art from the Mallee region.
Other projects supported in the round include the transformation of a former service station in Beaufort into a creative and community space; a hub in Warrnambool for creatives to hone skills in digital technologies to build their business; and a project transforming a slipway shed in Lakes Entrance into a gallery and coworking space.
Full list of projects supported
The FLOAT Collective, Lakes Entrance, $75,000
To transform the unused Slipway Sheds in Lakes Entrance into a new exhibition, workshop, meeting and coworking space for the creative community. The FLOAT Collective will also use one of the three Slipway buildings as headquarters for the delivery of FLOAT/unFLOAT - a Gippsland Lakes Artist in Residence Network that will stretch across the Gippsland Lakes.
Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, Cororooke, $75,000
Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery will create an artist gathering space for workshops, rehearsals and performance as well as a cafe and food prep area. The expansion will incorporate the decommissioned W Class tram that the community will receive from Vic Track.
Monash University, Warracknabeal, $75,000
To pilot Warracknabeal Creative Circuit, a new makerspace that will offer programs that fuse low-cost technology and art/crafts. The project will offer workspace, equipment and expertise to community members and six free-of-charge workshop spaces to local makers.
Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative, Ballarat North, $75,000
To transform an underused section of the Cooperative’s main building into a culturally safe media and cultural centre for Aboriginal artists at all career stages from the broader Ballarat region and the west of Victoria. The new space will bring together oral storytellers, digital storytellers, visual artists, filmmakers, painters and those practicing traditional Aboriginal crafts including weaving, boomerang and possum skin cloak making and will support Aboriginal artists to develop and extend their creative practice.
Lighthouse Arts Collective, Point Lonsdale, $75,000
To build on an existing creative space, New Hall, by collaborating with the Uniting Church to transform the remainder of the church building into a multidisciplinary creative space which will house artist studios, a coworking space, an artisan pop-up shop and a pop-up café.
Beaufort Progress Association INC, Beaufort, $67,000
To transform the former service station site on Beaufort’s main street into Servo@23, a carbon neutral creative hub containing art and office spaces, and a large events and conference room that can double as a movie theatre.
Deans Marsh SPARK INC, Deans Marsh, $65,938
To build on the SPARK! (“Sport and Arts Koalition”) project by purchasing arts equipment which will enable local sporting facilities to be made available for creative programming outside of the sporting calendar. SPARK will employ a part-time coordinator for one year who will take the lead on a series of arts programs and events for the community and visitors.
City of Ballarat, Ballarat Central, $75,000
To develop an arts incubator in the centre of Ballarat’s arts precinct that includes sound recording studios, a film studio, gallery space, a technology hub and studio space where artists and people working across the creative industries can connect and collaborate.
One Day Studios, Richard Pritchard, Warrnambool, $74,550
One Day Studios will establish a space that will offer mentorship and training for local creatives to build and extend their skills and knowledge in digital technology. The membership-based studio will be a space where creatives can learn and collaborate as well as exhibit and promote their work to the wider community. The project will include office space, meeting areas, a sound/podcast studio and a performance/filming space.
Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE), Beechworth, $74,406
To further develop ACRE, a coworking space and enterprise education facility at the Old Beechworth Gaol site. This project will support an upgrade to the space including the refurbishment of meeting rooms, creating events spaces, adding video conferencing facilities which will help local creatives connect and collaborate with the world.
Arts Mildura, Mildura, $54,517
To renovate unused spaces in the Arts Mildura facility to create artist studios and a coworking space. The project will also support a program of professional development workshops and forums for local artists and the establishment of an online artisan shop where local artists can sell their work.
MAST Coworking Space, Lauren Murphy, Warragul, $39,800
To support the second stage renovation of MAST Coworking Space, a multi-disciplined creative space for local up and coming artists. Once completed, the site will house a workshop space, the region’s first podcast/vlog room, private room desk hire, affordable gallery space, regular workshops, community art projects and pop-up music gigs.
Foundry, Bairnsdale, $5,000
To expand the Foundry’s artist-in-residence program by upgrading facilities to ensure that the spaces can be used by a wider variety of artists across a range of artistic disciplines. The project includes upgrading heating and cooling and the existing retail space that connects the work of local artists to buyers from the region, and beyond.