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

 
Conners Conners

Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier Street, Fitzroy

 

Conners Conners is a non-profit exhibition space in Fitzroy, run and curated by artists, art workers and curators. It is dedicated to providing a platform where artists in all stages of their careers have the freedom to explore, experiment and take risks within their practices.

The gallery develops and promotes a supportive and dynamic program with ambitious aims, offering opportunities for artists to elevate their practices, and to build stronger networks across art and non-art communities.

Conners Conners is located at the Fitzroy Town Hall behind the central terrace on Napier Street.

Image: Lane Cormick, With Style (detail), 2019

 

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: 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.

Image: Works by Artist-in-Residence Cezary Strulgis in development and on display during the Yarra Sculpture Gallery Summer 2020 Residency program. 

 

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

 

Print Council of Australia

201 Napier Street, Fitzroy

A photograph of people attending an exhibition opening

Established in 1966, for over 50 years the Print Council of Australia (PCA) has promoted and supported contemporary artists working in print media, and advocated for the appreciation of printmaking as a vital and vibrant field of creative endeavour in the Australian context. This advocacy extends to related practices of artist books, and more broadly, works on paper.

Through publishing their quarterly art magazine Imprint, the annual Print Commission program, and holding exhibitions and events, the PCA supports the work of its member printmakers and promotes excellence and innovation in the field.

As a national, not-for-profit organisation, the PCA has Committee Representatives in each state and territory, activating the Australian print community at a grass roots level. The Print Council of Australia has an open membership policy and anyone can join.

Image: Guests and artists at the opening of Ngini Parlingarri Amintiya Ningani, a collaborative Print Council of Australia and Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association exhibition of printmaking by Indigenous Artists from the Tiwi Islands, Collins Place Gallery, December 2017.
 

SEVENTH Gallery 

213-215 Church Street, Richmond

The former Richmond Maternal Child and Health Services building surrounded by colourful gardens and grass.

SEVENTH is a non-profit Artist-Run-Initiative (ARI) gallery run by a volunteer board of artists and arts professionals, with a long history of supporting emerging and underrepresented artists, curators and writers. Their core goal is to champion accessibility and affordability for artists.

After 20 years in Fitzroy, in 2021 the gallery relocated from their Gertrude Street premises to 215 Church Street, Richmond. At it's new Yarra location, SEVENTH continues to contribute significantly to the local cultural terrain with a diverse and experimental exhibitions program, ongoing public programs, community partnerships, studio residencies and advocacy for emerging new and artists.

The new space is the former Richmond Maternal Child and Health Services and the rear of the building is currently leased to youth arts organisation and RTC tenant Visionary Images. SEVENTH’s new space includes three galleries and two studio spaces. The studios will host a series of artist residencies and initiate important partnerships with community groups.

Visionary Images

213-215 Church Street, Richmond

An image of three neon signs that spell out the words 'greater change'

Visionary Images (VI) is a not-for-profit arts organisation dedicated to the engagement and development, through creativity, of young people and communities.  Established in 1999, VI offers opportunities for the creative and personal development of young people from all walks of life, many of whom have experienced hardship. 

Visionary Images operates as a creative social collaboration working with communities to develop, produce and exhibit public art. Together artists and youth collaborate to create progressive, thought provoking artworks that reflect young people’s ideas, experiences and concerns. 

Visionary Images exhibits artwork in highly visible public spaces, taking art into the streets and everyday life.  VI aims to exhibit to the broadest possible audience to draw community attention to pressing issues and contribute to realising effective positive social solutions. 

 

 

 

Organisations that have previously received support from the Room to Create program

Un Projects

Liquid Architecture 

West Space

School House Studios

Cecil Street Studio 

Bus Projects 

Artful Dodgers Studios