Room to Create Tenancies

Providing long term space for our arts organisations has always been a core program. We do not have many spaces available, but they are precious and important.

Our longer term arts tenants

Dancehouse – 150 Princes Street Carlton North

Atlanta Eke’s ‘The Tennis Piece’, (2018-19). Photo by Tim Birnie.

Dancehouse is Australia’s premier centre for independent dance. It is a site for developing challenging, invigorating and socially engaged moving art. 

Dancehouse’s role is threefold: to advance independent dance artists, to build dance audiences, and to develop the art form itself. Dancehouse programs generate a kaleidoscope of opportunities and sit at a confluence of circulations: of makers, ideas, spaces, contexts, publics, disciplines and territories.

Image credit: Atlanta Eke’s ‘The Tennis Piece’, (2018-19). Photo by Tim Birnie.

Yarra Sculpture Gallery – 117 Vere Street Collingwood

Yarra Sculpture Gallery has been exhibiting contemporary sculpture at its current site in Abbotsford for 21 years.

Established in 1997 to provide a large space for sculpture, it has maintained itself as an Artist Run Initiative, managed by members of the Contemporary Sculptors Association (CSA). It aims to provide an exhibition venue for the members of the CSA as well as to encourage and support new works in spatial arts practice.

The Women’s Art Register – 415 Church Street Richmond

Against the Odds, Women in Art Forum, Richmond Theatrette, 2017.

The Women’s Art Register is Australia’s living archive of women’s art practice (non-binary and trans inclusive) and a National, Artist-Run and Not-for-Profit community and resource. Established by women artists in 1975, it began with one hundred women artists contributing slides of their work. The initial collection was housed and administered at the Ewing Gallery, University of Melbourne until 1978 when the ever-expanding collection was moved to Richmond Library where it remains today.

Image credit: Against the Odds, Women in Art Forum, Richmond Theatrette, 2017. Photo by Veronica Caven Aldous

Visionary Images – 213-215 Church Street Richmond

Visionary Images (VI) is a not-for-profit youth arts organisation dedicated to the engagement and development, through creativity, of young people with experience of hardship.
At VI artists collaborate with young people to develop, produce and exhibit public art. VI offers opportunities for the creative and personal development of young people from all walks of life, many of whom have experienced hardship. VI aims to exhibit to the broadest possible audience to raise community awareness of the social issues that affect us all. VI exhibits artworks in highly visible, often unusual public spaces, taking art into the streets and everyday life.

Liquid Architecture – 126 Moor Street Fitzroy

Public Assembly, Polyphonic Social: The Unsingularity, 2018. Photo: Keelan O’Hehir

Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening.

LA’s program stages encounters and creates spaces for sonic experience, and critical reflection on sonority and systems of sonic affect. To do this, LA host experiences at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music, supporting artists to produce performances and concerts, exhibitions, talks, reading groups, workshops and recordings in art spaces, music venues and other sites.

Image credit: Public Assembly, Polyphonic Social: The Unsingularity, 2018. Photo: Keelan O’Hehir

Un Projects - 126 Moor Street Fitzroy

Launch of un Magazine 12.2 (co-edited by Maddee Clark & Neike Lehman), Blak Dot Gallery, November 2018. Photo: Daniel Gardeazabal.

un Projects is an arts collective with a focus on artists, writers, artist-run initiatives and independent projects and practitioners. Through publishing projects and discursive events, un Projects explores art-making, as well as generating critical discourse and dialogue around contemporary Australian visual art. 

un Conversation is a series of events, discussions, reading groups and 11 launches that will complement un Project’s publishing endeavours for the year and broaden the conversation by inviting new voices and perspectives. Both the writers’ residency and the public program that fall under the un Conversation umbrella will be based at their home in Fitzroy’s Florence Peel Centre, with the support of Yarra Council and the Room to Create Program.

Image credit: Launch of un Magazine 12.2 (co-edited by Maddee Clark & Neike Lehman), Blak Dot Gallery, November 2018. Photo: Daniel Gardeazabal.

Previous organisations that received support from our program

School House Studios

Seventh Gallery 

Cecil Street Studio 

Bus Projects 

Artful Dodgers Studios