From Entry 29 to WOTSO WorkSpace, there’s no shortage of collaborative work environments in Canberra. But until now, local artists, creative small businesses and emerging arts organisations haven’t had a co-working space to call their own.
Canberra’s first and only arts-focussed co-working space, Gorman Commons, is about to change that. Located in Gorman Arts Centre, and launched last week (Tuesday 11 April), Gorman Commons aims to encourage and facilitate creative collaborations and discussions.
Speaking at the launch, Federal Senator and Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services Katy Gallagher acknowledged that ACT arts organisations deliver “above and beyond what they’re funded to do.”
She praised the Centre for investing in the arts community, and reflecting the needs of artists in offerings like Gorman Commons.
Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres are already creative collaboration hubs. The idea for Canberra’s Noted Festival, which will run from 3-7 May 2017, was germinated at Gorman Arts Centre. And music camp Girls Rock! ran its first pilot program at Ainslie Arts Centre last year.
Gorman Commons has high-speed internet, contemporary design, meeting rooms and shower and kitchen facilities. The rooms have been completely refurbished with fresh paint, carpet and new furniture – they feel very different to the studios I spent time in many years ago.
Members of Gorman Commons also receive VIP invitations to Ainslie and Gorman events, social media and marketing support, and dedicated parking (optional extra). Rates start from $27.50 per day for one-time access, and range up to $330 per month.
I’ve had a desk at Gorman Commons for a few weeks now (a word of advice – don’t try working from home if you have a chocolate labrador puppy). It’s more affordable than paying outrageous amounts for commercial office space, and the collaborative environment is an added bonus.
For more information about Gorman Commons, visit the website.