We're opening our doors
Collingwood Yards is officially opening on Saturday 13 March, and we’re celebrating with a site-wide Open Day from 12pm – 6pm.
We’re extending a warm welcome to everybody – come and experience the excitement of Melbourne’s new contemporary arts precinct.
We can’t wait to show you the space, and introduce our tenants. After two years of construction works, Collingwood Yards officially begins its life as a major contemporary arts incubator – a place where community and creativity meet and emerging culture begins.
Explore the spaces
Venture into open studios and galleries to interact with artists and experience behind-the-scenes glimpses of their creative processes
Watch the spaces of transform with screenings, video projections, art installations, talks, tours and public workshops
12pm – 6pm
12pm — 1:30pm
Bands programmed by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, including
— Crossing the Bridge Choir
— Mandarin Uke Songs
— Vietnamese Hat Dance
— Non-Committals/ Community Sing Jam
— Meke Movements Dance
— Combat Wombat and RaceRage
PBS’ Miss Goldie
— Long time PBS announcer and perennial crowd favourite Miss Goldie will be handing out fine soul and funky tunes throughout the day
3pm — 3:30pm
Mulu Bekele & Chikchika
— Mulu Bekele is a legend in Ethiopia, where she has been actively performing and recording for over ten years. Appearing with her new group Chikchika, Mulu will be joined by Anbessa Gebrehiwot and Haftu Reda, two Tigrinya vocalists and masters of the krar and masinko, traditional stringed instruments from Eritrea and Ethiopia. Now based in Melbourne, Australia, the trio join with multi-instrumentalist Dale Gorfinkel and drummer Maria Moles to create an innovative new sound that pays homage to the traditions of East Africa.
4pm — 4:30pm
— Local musician (and Push alumni) Tess Guthrie delivers evocative, richly layered folktronica as GUTHRIE
5pm — 6pm
Deans of Soul
— An Indigenous soul band featuring velvet smooth vocals, sweet harmonies, soaring heartbreak guitar, deep Motown bass grooves and hip-shaking rhythms, The Deans combine soul, funk and R & B influences to create songs of emotion and of the heart.
Afternoon showcase featuring performances from young people involved in the Electronic Music Accelerator, RYMS and FReeZA programs.
TALKS + TOURS
2pm — 3pm
Level 1, Perry Street Building
— Quino Holland from Fieldwork and Nick Braun from Sibling will discuss their approaches to their respective plans and projects within the site.
12:30pm – 1:00pm, 5:00pm – 5:30pm
Location TBA, weather dependant
Level 1, Perry Street Building
— Conservator Dr Caroline Kyi will speak to the history and challenges of conserving the Keith Haring Mural.
4:30pm – 6:00pm
— Liquid Architecture, West Space and Bus Projects are disorganising. In the first of a series of events, we host artist, mother and e-flux co-director, Julieta Aranda in conversation with Tamsen Hopkinson and Xen Nhá.
RSVP for IRL Collingwood Yards, or watch the livestream via http://disorganising.co/julieta-aranda-on-time-bank
Undercover in the open spaces
12pm – 6pm
— Visitors are welcome to explore agency’s current exhibition: NIMBI; An series of repatriated photos from the NIMBI archive based at the Peppimenarti Community in NT. In collaboration with Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation.
Arts Project Australia
— Arts Project Australia presents an exclusive exhibition preview ahead of their official opening as Collingwood Yard’s latest gallery space. APA’s inaugural 2021 group exhibition Where the Art Is has been curated as a means to ruminate on the year that was, while firmly looking forward to a new future. Join APA as they activate their new space and connect in-person for the first time since early 2020.
— Auspicious Arts Projects Inc. is a not for profit organisation that provides artists with a secure and accessible management framework to assist them with creative developments and producing new work. Auspicious Arts will be open for drop ins and conversations with visitors
Baracco + Wright
— Baracco+Wright Architects are a small experimental architectural practice established in 2004. They make buildings, theatre sets, gardens, books, curate and design exhibitions, and teach. Baracco + Wright will temporarily transform their studio into a reading room with a curated selection of books.
— Danielle Brustman is the inaugural 2020 Bank of Melbourne studio resident. Danielle is a designer working with a rich syntax of colour and material to conceive interiors and furniture that challenge our perception of private and public space. Danielle will welcome visitors into her studio for a conversation, and a snack/drink.
Stay Soft Studio
— Stay Soft Studio has invited their roster of resident artists to create and display work in the public part of their tenancy.
— A collective of studio residents made up of Jacqueline Felstead, Fu-On Chung, Daniella Ruffino, Madelaine Lesjak-Atton. This groups’ art practices engage with ideas of contemporary excess. Studio 15 will be open to visitors.
Room to Create Studio
— The Room to Create (RTC) Studios at Collingwood Yards is a Yarra City Council initiative in partnership with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, which provides subsidised studio spaces for artists in the community. The six inaugural RTC artists are Scotty So, Hayley Van Ree, Josephine Mead, Ayman Kaake, Michelle Mantsio and Guy Grabowsky.
The Room to Create studio will be open for people to chat to artists intermittently throughout the day.
Tantri Mustika Ceramics
— Tantri Mustika is a Melbourne based ceramicist who makes a range of light-hearted and colourful hand-built ceramics. Her current collection of work incorporates a modern spin on traditional terrazzo tiling, applying it to bespoke functional forms making terrazzo adaptable to everyday life. Tantri will be working on demonstration pieces throughout the day.
The Social Studio
— The Social Studio is a not-for-profit social enterprise working with refugee and new migrant communities. A fashion school, ethical manufacturing studio and socially-conscious retailer, we use fashion and the creative industries to provide education and work pathways for our participants. serving Beit e Shai teas in the retail store while in the workshop the public can contribute to a community patchwork that will eventually be displayed in-store. Community members can either bring a special piece of fabric from home or they can choose from a selection of the Studio’s own fabrics and trim. An epic community banner created in collaboration with the students of Collingwood College will be on display in the courtyard
Bookshop by Uro
— Bookshop by Uro stocks a curated collection of architecture and design books, focusing on Australian titles. The bookshop will be open to visitors.
— Licorice Pie is a records store with a focus upon second hand vinyl from all corners of the globe. From the avant-garde through to Zydeco, most genres reside within the racks and shelves. Open to visitors.
EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS
— Bus Projects will be open to visitors, presenting Jemi Gale’s curated exhibition True Colours. This exhibition features works by Sophie Cassar, Peter Waples-Crowe, Sab D’Souza, Jordana Bragg, Nick Mullaly, Aida Azin, Alana Rivera Kingston, Sam Petersen, Alex Cuffe, leilani fuimaono + mòrag undulating jones will be presented alongside Conversation Piece a collaborative exhibition by Carly Fischer and Edwina Stevens.
Composite X Liquid Architecture
— Composite: Moving Image Agency & Media Bank is an Artist-Run agency dedicated to supporting artists’ moving image practices in Australia through exhibition, research, education and distribution.
Presenting and streaming in Composite, Liquid Architecture are staging the second iteration of Machine Listening, in partnership with NTU CCA, Singapore and Unsound.
Machine Listening, a curriculum, is an investigation and experiment in collective learning focussed on the (coming) world of listening machines and its political and artistic implications. Instigated by artist Sean Dockray, legal scholar James Parker and curator Joel Stern for Liquid Architecture.
Liquid Architecture in the Basement
— Liquid Architecture artist, Bridget Chappell, is occupying the Perry Street basement, in residence in advance of their exhibition NO COMMENT. They will be demonstrating their sound system and audio experiments.
NO COMMENT is an investigation by Bridget Chappell into the science of phase cancellation — the phenomenon when audio waves work against each other eliminating inverse frequencies — and the theory of ungovernable space. Chappell imagines an anti-carceral speculative future of sound technologies, and tactical defence to ‘phase cancel the cops’ in material, political and psychic terms.
— West Space will present a new work by Scotty So in the West Space Window
Centre for Projection Art
— The Centre for Projection Art is taking over the former Caretaker’s Residence, at the very top of the Johnston Street Building. You’ll find site specific projections, developed by the Centre’s residents illuminating the cottage.
Food and drink
Covid-safe protocols will apply, including QR check in for contact tracing purposes.
Open studios and galleries
Celebrate our arrival
Tenant organisation, The Push, has partnered with Drummond Street Services and Yarra Youth Services to stage an afternoon of live music performances from some of Collingwood’s most exciting young artists. The afternoon showcase will feature performances from young people involved in the Electronic Music Accelerator, RYMS and FReeZA programs.
At the courtyard stage enjoy the pop up bar and coffee from Padre coffee alongside live music performances curated by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House and Barpidhila Foundation residents.
Later in the day, DJs from future tenants PBS106.7FM (including crowd favourite Miss Goldie) will continue into the late afternoon.