Our vision, history and future

Our Vision


We want to create space for play. We want to inspire. We want it to be evolving with the people that contribute and comment.

Schoolhouse Studios is a not-for-profit arts organisation based in Melbourne. We exist to provide affordable workspaces for emerging artists and creative businesses in inner-city Melbourne— to improve their opportunities for artistic and professional development as well as their engagement with the broader community. Schoolhouse Studios does this through access to affordable studio and exhibition spaces; by fostering strong networking opportunities within Schoolhouse Studios and the community at large; by offering ongoing support through marketing and promotion; and by engaging the public through innovative arts events and programs.

Our History

Schoolhouse Studios was established by Alice Glenn and Elizabeth Barnett in March 2010 on the site of the former St. Joseph’s Technical College and more recently the Sophia Mundi Steiner School at 73-97 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford. The Schoolhouse Studios community grew exponentially within 9 months from 27 resident artist tenants to over 100 in 2012. After a year of operating as a partnership Barnett and Glenn registered the organisation as a not-for-profit incorporated association in May 2012. The current board consists of 7 members who are young creative professionals across a diverse field of practices. The board established a managerial committee and that consists of two managing directors; Alice Glenn and Hazel Brown.

Our Future

Schoolhouse has two studio sites in Collingwood and East Brunswick. A modular fit out was designed for the two sites, which celebrates the concept of an artist village by forming a series of lane ways and courtyards that act as social and collaborative project spaces. Both fit outs have been designed as an investment into the future of Schoolhouse Studios and allows for the whole structure to be disassembled and relocated.