We acknowledge the traditional owners and sovereign custodians of the land on which Collingwood Yards is situated, the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group. We extend our respect to their Ancestors and all First Peoples and Elders past, present, and future.

Bank of Melbourne Partnership


Collingwood Yards is supported by Bank of Melbourne through an innovative funding and support model.

Collingwood Yards and Bank of Melbourne have worked closely together to deliver a genuinely innovative partnership. This support allowed Collingwood Yards to fully complete the works required to reopen the former Collingwood Technical School site as a new creative hub, flowing through to ensure real and vital opportunities for artists, the creative community and the people of Collingwood and Melbourne.

Bank of Melbourne has committed unique financial support to the landmark site’s transformation into a new arts precinct. This creative residency program is designed to support artists and small collectives innovate and experiment.

The year-long residency is awarded annually to an individual or micro collective. The Residency comprises of:

  • a rent free, dedicated 14.9sqm private studio space for 12 months in Melbourne’s cultural precinct in the heart of Collingwood
  • Opportunities for mentoring, professional development and collaboration

Applications for the Residency have now closed for 2023/24.

Frequently asked questions

Is the residency geared more towards businesses or artists?

The Residency format and space works best for artists with an entrepreneurial streak.

Do I need to be based in Melbourne or Victoria?

Our Resident/s will need to live in Melbourne to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are based outside of Victoria but intend to move to Melbourne, that’s also absolutely fine.

What additional expenses will I need to pay?

Reasonable use of internet and electricity will be covered as part of your Residency, however you’ll need to furnish and fit out the space according to your requirements. At the end of your Residency period you’ll also be required to return the space to its original condition, with the exception of the typical wear and tear in a creative studio.

Do I need to provide a timeline or budget?

You are able to provide a timeline and budget as part of your support material. This can be useful evidence that your proposal is feasible and that the offer of space, financial and professional support is vital to your work at this juncture. The most important thing is that your support material illustrates the benefit of the Residency to your practice.

Is there a chance to see the space prior to application?

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to tour the space as part of the interview process.

Is the Residency studio accessible 24/7?

Yes, the studio is accessible 24/7. Each tenant at Collingwood Yards has a swipe card to access all areas of the space, and a key/keys to their individual tenancy.

Are there any activities that can’t take place in the Residency studio?

Any activities that include heavy or dangerous machinery or work with hazardous materials may not be eligible – contact us to discuss if you think your practice may fall into this category.

Are we able to make noise in the Residency studio?

Within reason, yes. Sound does travel throughout the corridors, so consistent very noisy activity during normal business hours may negatively impact your neighbouring tenants.

Will the Resident/s be able to access the public and shared spaces?

Absolutely – you’ll have access to the meeting rooms and flexible spaces across the site., You’ll also be able to access subsidised rates for the courtyard and other public spaces via our events booking process.

Is the Residency studio accessible?

Yes, all tenancies and studios at Collingwood Yards are accessible. The space can be accessed via a lift, and is closeby an accessible bathroom. Most of the public spaces at Collingwood Yards are accessible, however there is a patch of gravel that impedes wheelchair access to a section of the courtyard – we’re very actively working on a solution to this.

Is the studio and Collingwood Yards pet-friendly?

Yes, safe and supervised pets are welcome.

Can I request an alternative application arrangement?

Absolutely, please get in touch with us at info@collingwoodyards.org to discuss alternative arrangements.

"Collingwood Yards provides an exciting convergence point for diverse creative communities of artists and organisations."

Channon Goodwin

“It's important for the artists we work with to be connected. There's creative community everywhere you look."

Sue Roff
Arts Project Australia
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