Welcome

Irene Warehouse is a diverse not-for-profit artist space that is run by a small collective of volunteers to support local artists and creative projects in Melbourne, Australia.

About Irene

Established for Artists by Artists

Irene Warehouse is run by a small collective of volunteers in a former two-storey lingerie factory in Brunswick, Melbourne.

The space exists as a diverse artist community, working space, and vibrant networking hub—supporting a wide range of groups and individual artists working on all sorts of expressions: sculpture, painting, textiles, performance art, animation, dancing, music, film-making, jewellery, photography, theatre, wood-working, screen printing, and much more…

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Studio Spaces

We offer a variety of working spaces in what seems like quite a diverse range of shapes and sizes: some are big, others smaller; some square, others L shaped or ‘octogony.’ Many with natural light; some with city views and beautiful sunsets; others darkened for photography or by soundproofing.  Some enclosed, others not for ventilation while painting.  Some with carpet for office space, others not for making messy sculptures.  Some are upstairs, some downstairs…

Sound good?   Learn more »

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Some of our Studio Spaces…

Our two-storey warehouse contains 38 different studio rooms in a variety of shapes and sizes. Here are a few photos of established spaces to give you an idea of what we can potentially offer.   Like what you see?   Scroll down to learn about our application process.

Application Process

We currently have 1 vacancy left!

To express your interest, write to us below and introduce yourself, your work, and let us know what sort of space you’re looking for.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can, if and how we can help.

Our application looks like this »

Please also familiarise yourself with our terms and conditions.

Once you’ve met with our organising group and applied for a space, we’ll discuss your application, make a decision and get back to you as soon as possible.

Our group usually meets once a week and we’ll get a chance to assess your application at that meeting. Thanks!

 

 

Terms and Conditions

As a studioholder at Irene, I understand and agree:

  1. I will pay my rent at the start of each month, for the month in advance, as invoiced.
  2. I will pay a bond of one month’s rent, as invoiced, if my application is successful, once a commence date is agreed.
  3. I need to give the Irene Group one month’s notice when I wish to vacate my studio—which I can do at any time—by writing to irenearts@riseup.net.
    My bond will be returned after I have vacated and cleaned the room satisfactorily.
  4. If my rent is more than one month behind, I will be required to move out, no questions asked.
    If I’m having trouble paying at any time, I will contact irenearts@riseup.net immediately.
  5. There is a $50 deposit for keys, which will be refunded when all keys are returned.
    If I lose my keys, I forfeit this deposit, and will be required to pay $50 again for replacement keys.
  6. I will not share my keys with anyone or otherwise obtain copies of keys without permission from the Irene Group.
  7. The use of the studio-space as outlined above is for applicants only. If I wish to share with others at any time or otherwise modify my application for the use of this space, I must contact irenearts@riseup.net and get approval first. This is for security reasons—no strangers!
    Likewise, if my contact details change, I will notify irenearts@riseup.net immediately.
  8. Our Code of Conduct must be adhered to at all times. If I or my guests become unwelcome at Irene at any time, for any reason, at the sole discretion and decision of the Irene Group, I (or we) will be required to move out immediately, no refund, no appeals. This is a zero tolerance policy.
  9. Irene is a working environment—it is a non-residential space, and I understand and agree that I cannot use any space at Irene for any kind of residential activity.
    No sleeping here! For breaching this rule, I will be required to move out.
  10. I will be considerate of others when my work may be noisy, smelly, dusty, potentially toxic, etc. Good communication before working is the key! If anyone asks me to stop or change what I’m doing, I will be cool and cooperative, especially if needing to negotiate compromises or even cease work completely. I am aware that Irene has limitations and cannot accommodate all types of works all the time. If I am a disturbance to other users of Irene or otherwise negatively impact the space, I will be required to move out.
  11. Operating times for noise/music/bands is strictly limited to 10am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday. Irene can be fined for noise/music/bands outside those hours. This means this issue is serious! Failure to cooperate will mean I (or we) will be required to move out.
  12. Irene is run by volunteers and I acknowledge that volunteers are not here to clean up after me or my work. I am solely responsible for all of the mess created by me, my work, or my guests while at Irene, and I will clean up any and all mess, like a responsible awesome person. If I’m a hindrance to Irene, I will be required to leave.
  13. Volunteers love it immensely if I help the community in any way that I can, big or small. For example, emptying full bins; helping keep the toilets clean, kitchen tidy, washing up done, towels washed, etc. Consider yourself thanked!
  14. I agree to abide by these terms and conditions at all times, and that Irene Group reserves the right to terminate this agreement at any time.

 

 

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Venue Hire

Irene Warehouse also offers certain shared spaces for hire, to help support all sorts of artistic endeavours.  Our spaces aim to be colourful and interesting, and are available at very affordable rates. Here are four common spaces that we usually provide:

What are you looking to do?

If you’re interested in hiring a space for an exhibition, to rehearse a play, do a film shoot, run a class or workshop, screen a film, paint big paintings, do large-format sculpture, practice in our rehearsal spaces; dance, hop, skip or jump—or any of the other wondrous things possible in any of our spaces,* please contact us below to pitch your idea!

* This does not include parties, and there are also noise, mess, maximum capacity restrictions, and shared working-space dynamics to consider! ;)

Contact Us

Please write to us here.  We’re located at 5 Pitt St, BrunswickIrene Warehouse—5 Pitt St, Brunswick., just off Lygon St...