Which 'Space Type' is right for you?

Art Gallery

A space suited to the exhibition and display of art work. Galleries will generally have equipment or facilities that aid the presentation of art work, such as lighting and hanging systems and are generally open to the public.


These are spaces with cinema screens and/or projection equipment for the screening of film. They will be accessible to audiences and have appropriate seating to accommodate screenings.

Co-Working Space

These spaces must have creative practice as their core business. Corporate or standard business co-working spaces are not accepted. Spaces where a range of creative individuals hire separate or communal desk space and share other resources such as photocopiers, internet, kitchen. These spaces have a structured pricing model which could be a monthly agreement or a subscription or membership. Desks, chairs and other infrastructure are provided.

Community Hall

This space type includes spaces such as church halls, bowling clubs and council-owned community facilities. They will generally offer large open spaces with stages and equipment suited to theatre rehearsal and performance. However, they will often have other community activities programmed throughout the week making them challenging for consecutive long-term hires.

Dance Studio

This is a space suited to dance in its various forms. It will always provide open space and may have specific equipment such as sprung floors, mirrors and ballet barres.


A fully functioning darkroom, with photographic treatment capabilities.

Design Studio

Design Studios are generally occupied by architects and interior designers, fashion or graphic designers. They are finished to a high standard with a strong design aesthetic and include desks and chairs. The offer will generally be a spare desk space working alongside an established company (rather than the more transient arrangements of co-working spaces).

Fashion Studio

A dedicated space for fashion design and manufacture.

Film Editing Suite

These spaces have specific equipment for film editing, with other resources (temperature control for example) suited to film editing.


Hot Desk

Hot Desk is defined as a space where a desk and chair are provided – sometimes at a communal workstation – which is generally available by the day or hour. These spaces tend not to have a fixed-term contract or agreement, though there may be rules associated with use of the space.

Live+Work Space (Residential+Work)

Live/Work spaces provide spaces in which artists and other creatives can both live and work in the same location. These spaces are studios with a residential component under the one roof.

Makerspace (Shared open space for making)

‘Makers’ differ from ‘artists’ in that their work is referred to as a ‘product’ and often created for the commercial market. These spaces allow sharing of tools and machinery and/or new modes of production such as 3D printing – they may also supply this equipment.

Manufacturing/Fabrication Space


Multi-use Space

Spaces that offer a flexible layout, suited to a range of creative uses. This space type often includes everything from open halls to warehouse spaces.

Music Performance Venue

These spaces will provide room for music artists to perform in front of an audience. They will include equipment or facilities, such as lighting and sound equipment, stages and audience seating. These spaces will accept responsibility for reasonable noise created by performers.

Music Rehearsal Space

Specifically suited to the rehearsal of music-based performance. These spaces will accept responsibility for noise created by hirers and often provide appropriate sound insulation in their structures.

Non Traditional

This category is for innovative and unusual uses of space. It may include everything from letterboxes to foyers, waiting rooms to rooftops that still lend themselves to creative use. Non-Traditional spaces must clearly state how they could be adapted by the creative sector in order to be approved for the website.

Office Space

Any space that can be used for desk-based practice. These are generally clean spaces where desks and chairs may or may not be provided and are often offered on a per-square-metre basis.

Open-air space

Park and Bushland

Performance venue

These spaces will provide room for artists to perform in front of an audience. They will include equipment or facilities, such as lighting and sound equipment, stages and audience seating.

Photography and Film Location

Spaces to be used as photographic or film location for creative use such as editorial, fashion or artistic photography and film and video art.

Photography Studio

This refers to spaces that have been specifically created for photographic use. They will include equipment such as lighting, hanging systems and cycloramas, and will offer large open spaces and very-high ceilings.

Pop-up Space

This refers to spaces created for temporary retail or exhibition of work. They may include infrastructure and equipment to facilitate retail, such as shelving and displays, lighting and appropriate power. Pop-up spaces operate on a ‘permit’ basis than a ‘lease’ agreement and are only in operation for a brief amount of time.

Rehearsal Space

Any space that is suited to theatre, performance and music rehearsals. This may include access to sound and lighting equipment. These spaces do not necessarily require facilities for audiences.


This refers to an ‘artist residency’ where a space is offered for a fixed period of time as part of a ‘residency program’. These programs are offered for little or no charge and are based on an application process. Often funding is also provided to successful applicants in order to enable them to work full-time in the studio without any distractions.

Retail Space

Any space specifically set up, configured and permitted for retail activity. These spaces will generally be within established retail areas and must detail specific benefits to creative practice.

Sound Recording Studio

These spaces will offer equipment and facilities specifically suited to sound recording. This may include mixing equipment, computers, microphones and sound-proofing.


Visual Art Studio

These spaces are suited to a range of visual arts. They will often be housed in warehouses or re-purposed industrial/light industrial buildings and have dedicated areas that artists can licence for their private use.


Defines a building that may have once been used as a storage facility or for other industrial and manufacturing purposes. Warehouses are large open spaces with high ceilings and few comforts.

Any questions?

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