People from across Victoria’s creative industries will be able to collaborate and share ideas in a new ‘co-working’ space to be set up by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) with funding from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced $587,000 for ACMI X, a 60-seat creative co-working space in Melbourne’s Southbank creative industries precinct.
It is the first such facility to be set up by a major cultural institution in Australia.
ACMI X will offer affordable accommodation to creative practitioners and small creative companies, across a range of disciplines, in a 2000sqm state-of-the-art office space in Kavanagh Street.
Designed by Melbourne architects Six Degrees, the space will foster creativity, collaboration, experimentation and inspiration among industry peers. It will become a hub for a whole range of creators including film makers, script writers, game and app developers, graphic and web designers, writers and visual artists.
ACMI X places will be available for both short and long-term accommodation. It will also offer a calendar of specially curated networking and professional development events managed by a full-time producer.
Unlocking more spaces for creative practitioners, including collaborative hubs, was a key recommendation of Victoria’s Creative Industries Taskforce following extensive consultation in 2015.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“ACMI X addresses one of the most critical needs of our creative industries sector – access to affordable work space – breaks down existing barriers, and creates new opportunities for cross-pollination.”
“The Andrews Labor Government’s creative industries strategy encourages new ways of working that will enable us to boost Victoria’s $23 billion creative and cultural economy.”
Quotes attributable to ACMI CEO Katrina Sedgwick
“The creative economy has moved centre-stage, and cultural institutions like ours need to explore new ways of both supporting and collaborating with the next generation of creative talent.”
“At ACMI, we are developing a new type of creative institution by shifting to a model of co-creation with new collaborators and partners. ACMI X will leverage our resources, intellectual capital and experience back into the creative sector. We’re extremely excited!”
Reviewed 19 August 2020