Space2b & Raw Welcome Lunch

Such a fun day! Beautiful Welcome Lunch by Space2b and RAW Garden connecting our two communities. Wonderful Somali lunch for 60 people cooked by Mariam Issa, founder o RAW.  Please enjoy these wonderful photos kindly taken by the brilliant photographer
Tatiana Castelo Chaves Scott!
We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful and dedicated team of volunteers!


Welcome Laughter session to get people relaxed

Delicious food, stimulating conversation, and lots of fun! 

Some great connections

A day to remember

Space2b art gallery launched with street artists BeFree and Suki art

Be Free and Suki are two amazing street artists that utilise Melbourne’s laneways and streets to create colour and fun for everyone to enjoy.

We are so lucky to have them at Space2b where they have created a unique and beautiful installation in our soon to be laneway cafe

There is also amazing artwork on sale until the 3rd September.

They have kindly donated 50% of their sales to Space2b programs.

Space2b is at Fitzroy Market

Space2b will be having a market stall at the Fitzroy Market on Saturday 15th July, 10am – 3pm. The stall will be indoors, so you can keep warm whilst you browse through our gorgeous products. Come and grab a sale and say hi to our volunteers. Every purchase helps support new migrants and refugees. See you there!

Fitzroy Primary School – Cnr Napier & Greeves St
Saturday 15th July
10am – 3pm

News on our crowd funding campaign to build a laneway cafe and training centre

On behalf of everyone at Space2b THANK YOU SO MUCH to those of you who donated,
shared and volunteered to help us raise funds to build our Space2b.

We couldn’t have done it without you!

The good news is that we now have a total of $31,095!

$16,095 through the crowd funding campaign;
$5,000 from the Igniting Change Foundation;
$5,000 from the Ryan Cooper Family Foundation;
$5,000 from the English Family Foundation.
The plan is to use the $31,000 on:
Training Centre – Modernising the space.
Laneway Café – roof, floor, plumbing and electrics.

Even though our crowdfunding has ended we will continue to fundraise for
Modernising the toilet in the Laneway Cafe
Art gallery – lighting and a picture rail system.
Changing room for our retail space.
Air conditioning and heating.
Front area and ceiling.

We will keep you informed on the progress as we go.
Come and say hello and visit us in the shop and we look forward to seeing you at the Cafe Launch!


Get Striped for Diversity, Acceptance and Respect

Thanks to funding from the City of Port Phillip, our Get striped festival last Saturday during Multicultural week was great fun, and we loved sharing the day with our partners who helped to make it a great success.
‘Get Striped’ Space2b project marks acceptance and respect  through creative arts reminding us that we all deserve to be safe and happy.
The day included a design Market run by Lana from Meet Me at the Market, and the St Kilda farmers market.  We also  had Basketry and african beading workshops, henna art, cultural dance and face painting.   We finished off in the afternoon with an inspirational forum and Q&A with some great speakers, Mariam Issa, Abe Nouk Amini Nyikang and singer song writer Nela Trifkovic.Thanks to photographer Tatiana we have some fantastic photos to share with you and lets face it, pictures say a thousand words.


Kindly funded by the City of Port Phillip Festival fund

Celebration Day for Acceptance + Respect

What a wonderful day at Vegilicious and 4Dverse to celebrate Acceptance and Respect!
Delicious food cooked by Sharifeh and Helen together with Giovana in the Vegilicious Kitchen!
Fun workshops, and lots of monkeys sold.
We have made over 100 monkeys, so 20 have gone to children in detention.
A reminder to them that they have not been forgotten!

Thank you to the City of Port Phillip for funding this important event!


Handing over the monkeys to Tri for the children in detention


Program Launched by Pamela Curr, ASRC

Program Launched by Pamela Curr, ASRC


100 Stripey Monkeys – Vegilicious wall

Vanessa Huxley, Councillor, City if Port Phillip

Vanessa Huxley, Councillor, City if Port Phillip


Giovanna, Sharifeh and Hadis – Vegilicious kitchen

Sharifeh cooking with Giovana in the Vegilicious kitchen

Sharifeh cooking with Giovana in the Vegilicious kitchen


Giovanna with Leila and Helen – Vegilicious Kitchen


Leila Ashtiani – Exhibition at 4Dverse Gallery


African Beading with Tissi


Indigenous basket weaving



Now Moving Forward – an Amazing night with Julian Burnside and Guests


I thought I should report on this special night, even if I am a bit late!
Such a wonderful evening!  So lovely to see a great turnout, and so it should be with such amazing guests. There was humour, entertainment, many ‘makes you think’ moments and some practical and compassionate ideas.
Our thanks again to our wonderful speakers and entertainers: Julian Burnside, Abe Nouk, Tasneem Chopra and E’eda

julian burnside

julian burnside

Abe Nouk

Abe Nouk

Tasneem Chopra & E'Eda

Tasneem Chopra & E’Eda

Ban, Linda & Keeru

Ban, Linda & Keeru


Helen & Mitra serving up Delicious Iranian food

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Abe entertains!

The Fashion Show @Space2b




Great event and lots of fun!  Thank to all the models who walked up the catwalk and showed off our wonderful clothing for all shapes and sizes!

Thanks to Ian who took these fabulous photos from Bayside Photography 


Black dress with button detail by Rhada Rani


Black top by Pretty Comfortable and trouser by QOQO


Stripe top by Fujinella and Little kitten dress by Lindyloo Designs


Modal top and swirly skirt by Jiniku


 Dress by Rhada Rani


Spot Dress by Rhada Rani


Red dress by SamG


T-Shirt by Lindlyloo Designs


Dress by Rhada Rani


Retro jersey shirt by Jiniku