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.

Our organisation

Our office is located on Level 1 in the Johnston Street Building. Please make sure you’ve contacted us to arrange an appointment before dropping by, we don’t want to miss you.

Collingwood Yards is managed by Contemporary Arts Precincts Ltd. We are a charitable social enterprise based in Melbourne.

Over the last four years our organisation has taken ownership of the former Collingwood TAFE site and invested more than $15m from philanthropy, government and commercial partners into its redevelopment. There is a crisis of affordable arts space in Australia and in Melbourne in particular. Most, if not all, of the not-for-profit tenants supported at Collingwood Yards have come under threat of having to relocate, to pay unaffordable rent or close if they are unable to secure an affordable base for their operations.

We believe that the importance of keeping a diverse range of artists and creative communities active in any city cannot be understated. The social benefits of arts participation are well documented and affordable space is a key part of supporting them. Collingwood Yards is both a transformational project for its neighbourhood and a proof of concept for our broader goal: to develop a new model of providing affordable and sustainable arts space in Australia.

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Tenant community celebration

The Push, 2020

Our core values

Resilience and resourcefulness

We are uniquely equipped to act as a buffer to a vulnerable section of the arts ecology by carefully and creatively using every resource we can secure. We are able to respond to change and make things work.

Focus

We are focused on the contemporary arts as a vehicle for community and cultural development.

We believe that bold, visible creativity defines a city, and a strong and independent culture of creativity defines a great city.

Commitment

We are committed to caring for art, artists and arts organisations everyday and into the future.

We nurture, challenge and protect our spaces, team and community.

Openness

We are curious listeners and active contributors, valuing diverse experiences and perspectives.

We believe in embedded accessibility, expressed through financial, physical, technological and communication design principles and practice.

Our team

Sophie Travers

C.E.O

Ed Service

Tenant and Community Manager

Julia Gregg

Partnerships and Communications Manager

Kim O’Connell

Operations Manager

Jensen Tjhung

Site Coordinator

Rob Mackay-Clift

Leading Site Hand

Casey Chong

Content and Communications Intern

Our Board

Stephen Carpenter

Acting Chair, Treasurer

Daniel Besen

Founding Chair

Esther Anatolitis

Deputy Chair

Ross Paterson

Secretary

Eugenia Flynn

Director

Izzy Roberts-Orr

Director

James Tutton

Director

Charlotte Day

Director

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

Channon Goodwin
Bus Projects
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“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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