Common questions

Find the answers to common questions about finding and listing creative spaces.

If you’re seeking a space

How do I find a space?

Easy! Just head over here, type your preferred suburb or postcode into the search field, and away you go!

How do I contact a space?

Once you find and click on your perfect space to view it in more detail, contact information will be listed on the right-hand side of the page. You will usually be presented with a phone number, the option to submit a written enquiry, or both.

Can Creative Spaces find or suggest the right space for me?

Unfortunately, no. We can’t find, book or contact spaces on your behalf. Luckily, there are so many excellent spaces available for you to choose from, so it shouldn’t be a problem finding the right one for you!

Why are there no, or very few, spaces in my area?

The Creative Spaces website is a free directory of available space for creative use. Unfortunately, some areas will naturally have fewer spaces listed than others. Perhaps try a different, broader search to see if that yields better results.

If you’re listing a space

How much does it cost to list a space?

Listing a space is free! We don’t charge any fees, at any point, and we take no commission once your space is filled.

What type of spaces can I list on Creative Spaces?

You can list any space for creative use. Types of creative space include artist studios, rehearsal and workshop spaces, office and co-work initiatives (for artists and creative businesses), spaces for larger sculpture work as well as rehearsal, performance and exhibition spaces.

Examples of creative uses include design, broadcasting, electronic or digital media, game development, filmmaking, music, performing arts including theatre and dance, visual arts and crafts, museums, architecture, comedy, craft and fashion.

What types of spaces can't I list?

Creative Spaces only supports space listings for creative purposes. For example, we will not list a space for yoga classes or birthday parties.

What is ‘creative practice’?

Some examples of creative practice include animation, animatronics, architecture, ceramics, circus, dance, exhibitions, fashion, film, glass making, jewellery, music, painting, photography, podcast making, screen printing, sculpture, textiles, woodwork, and writing.

Please note we do not recognise fitness, wellness, health, or corporate practice as creative practice. Any space designed solely for these uses may not be accepted as a listing.

What information do I need to list a space?

You’ll need a few bits and pieces to create an effective and successful listing for your space. Some things are mandatory, like photos of your space, information on the rate you’ll charge for creatives to use your space, a name for your space, some brief descriptions of its interior and location, and a contact email address and phone number. Other things are helpful to include, like ceiling height, floor space dimensions, potential audience capacity, and more.

How do I list a space?

It’s easy! Head over here and our simple form will guide you through the details.

Why is my health or fitness space not an acceptable listing?

We’re unable to accept spaces that have references to yoga, Pilates, fitness, wellness, healing, health, or health therapies in the name, listing description, or images, because these activities are not considered creative practice. If you would like to list your space, please remove all references to the above terms and instead specify how your space could be used creatively or how it has been used creatively in the past. Examples might include rehearsals, as a photography location, or as a dance studio. If you can explain how your space could be used by creatives, it will be accepted.

Why is my hair, beauty, makeup or nail space not an acceptable listing?

We're unable to accept spaces that make reference to hair, beauty, makeup or nail services in their name, images or listing description as these are not considered creative practice. If you would like to list your space, please remove all references to the above terms and instead specify how your space could be used creatively or how it has been used creatively in the past. Examples might include a photography location or visual art studio. If you can explain how your space could be used by creatives, it will be accepted.

Why is my office or co-working space not an acceptable listing?

We can only accept coworking and office spaces if their primary purpose is to provide creative practitioners or artists with a place to work. Coworking and office spaces must be targeted towards or primarily occupied by creatives and artists. Please provide specific examples of how your coworking or office space meets this criteria. For example, 'this coworking space houses graphic designers, copywriters, writers, illustrators, interior designers, animators, editors and more' or 'this office space will be shared with an architect and fashion designer'.

I’ve successfully submitted my listing, why can’t I see it?

Once you hit ‘submit’ after completing the listing process, your proposed space is reviewed by our team. You can preview the listing and see how it will look while you’re logged in, and you’ll get an email notification once it’s live on the site. Please note that listings are only published during business hours on standard business days. There may be delays during public holiday periods. Listings and listing updates can take up to five business days to be published.

Can Creative Spaces give me a lease or hire agreement template?

Unfortunately, no, we cannot provide you with any kind of lease or hire agreement template. We recommend consulting with a lawyer to ensure any agreements meet your unique requirements.

Can Creative Spaces manage my space?

No, unfortunately this is not a service that we offer.

How can I delete my listing or remove it from public view?

Once your space is occupied by a creative, we encourage you to update the availability of your space to ‘unavailable’ rather than removing your listing from the site. That way, creatives can still search for and view your space, and even enquire about the possibility of using your space in the future. Alternatively, if you’re 100% certain you want to remove your space from the site, you’ll find that functionality in your login area.

My space has been archived. How do I reactivate it?

If you still have an active account/login associated with your space, you can simply log in and hit ‘re-publish space’.

How do I measure my space in square metres (m2 or sqm)?

If your space is square or rectangular, measure the length and width of your space.

For example, 4 metres long and 6 metres wide.

Then, multiply the length by the width to find the area in square metres.

Eg: 4 x 6 = 24m2

If your space is an odd shape, break it down into smaller rectangles. Calculate the square meters of each rectangle using the equation above, then add them all together for the total square metre area of your space.

How do I measure my space in square metres

If you are still having difficulty calculating the area of your space, you may want to consider downloading an area calculation app from the App Store or Google Play.

How do I set the price for my space?

While we're not able to advise you on how to price your space, we can give you some tips to help you decide on a price.

  • Look at prices of similar spaces in your area and how they’ve structured their pricing. This may give you an insight into what potential hirers expect.
  • Consider the size of your space. If your space is significantly larger or smaller than other similar spaces in your area, you may want to adjust your pricing to reflect your space’s size and offering.
How do I know what type of creative space is needed in my area?

Attract more enquiries and bookings by tailoring your space to what's most in demand in your area. Upgrade to an Insights Account to gain an insight into which space types are attracting the most interest

How can I promote my space?

Instagram and Facebook are great platforms for creating an online presence for your space. Create dedicated social media handles for your space and share high quality content, creatives who may practice from your space, and what makes your space unique to give audiences a sense of what your space offers.

Creative Spaces regularly posts about spaces listed across our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. We select spaces that have high quality imagery and listing descriptions, are clearly suited to creative use, and have been recently updated. If you would like to submit your space for consideration on our social media platforms, please email us a link to your space at creativespaces@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

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What is Creative Spaces?

Creative Spaces is a program of the City of Melbourne. Focused on identifying and activating space for the creative sector. Find out more about us.