Our vision, history and future
Schoolhouse Studios (SHS) is an established not-for-profit arts organisation based in Melbourne. We provide affordable workspaces for emerging artists and young creative businesses. SHS strives to be an accessible, harmonious community while providing opportunities for artistic and professional development and meaningful engagement with the public. SHS does this through access to affordable studio and exhibitions spaces, and fosters networking and collaboration via workshops, talks and community events.
SHS has been in operation since 2012, with two existing sites Collingwood and Brunswick East. Our community is propelled by the enthusiasm and energy of the residents that work and create at SHS. There are currently more than 140 resident artists at SHS across the two sites.
SHS believes artists are interpreters and communicators of what people and communities think, fear, love and value. Accordingly, we believe the art produced in the inner city should represent the convergence of its diverse social, cultural and political experience. In our tenancies, as well as our substantial public program, we champion diversity and inclusion, respect for difference and acknowledge our presence on land that was never ceded, belonging to the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation.
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, Hazel Brown and Tali Polichtuk.
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.