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The Creative Geelong Makerspace in Little Malop Central is a range of spaces housed in Centrepoint Arcade the Little Malop Street Mall and includes:
MakerSpace with 3D printers, laser etchers, small electronics, industrial sewing machines and other 'maker' equipment for use via a paid subscription model
Co-WorkSpace for co-working desks for rent daily and monthly that will target professional services tenants (media, PR, architects, marketers, designers) to support the rental needs of the premises and provide administration, strategic advice and coordination to the creative industries hub
ArtSpace - a studio / workshop for artists/makers and artist groups who have a focus on inclusion and making for social engagement
WindowSpace - local artist community engaged to activate a range of shopfronts and arcade display windows in the Arcade
LearnSpace - larger areas for events and workshops/programs to be held
The spaces support commercial and not-for-profit organisations and individual makers and creators with the shared aim to cultivate an emerging ecosystem that promotes Geelong's future as a creative city, as well as revitalise the Mall and encourage more foot traffic to activate Central Geelong.
By placing all of these elements together in one space, it will provide an energy and sustainability to the creative industries precinct and encourage collaboration among industry, stakeholders (especially youth and those who are disadvantaged), networks, government and community. This project also has the potential to create a pipeline for new ideas and start-ups to further support the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Co-working and MakerSpaces are also part of the City of Greater Geelong's Digital Geelong strategy, aimed at supporting and developing a vibrant and engaged 'Maker' and 'Creator' community.
Centrepoint Arcade is ideally located between Little Malop St and Ryrie Streets and offers several linked spaces to commence the project with room to expand in the coming months. This space has potential to become a significant creative hub with low cost rental space on offer for creative businesses to expand into.