Thanks to the City of Port Phillip we had an amazing day celebrating Diversity Week with our very first Laneway Market Festival. Luckily the weather was kind to us and our market and activities went ahead smoothly, the local community keeping us busy all day long.
What an incredibly creative makeover our laneway has undergone. Over seven months; six artists have collaborated to create an incredibly vibrant, intriguing and colourful series of murals, that bring much joy to the area and local community.
It’s been a long, yet enjoyable project for all. From the initial design meetings, discussions surrounding what to paint, to putting the first brush stroke on the wall. It has been a really memorable journey to be a part of.
We have had numerous trips to our local paint shop ‘Paint Spot’ who have given us plenty of quality knowledge and advice. The artists themselves have been incredibly open to one another’s ideas, continually developing these together along the way.
There have been many wonderful people who have been involved in this project and we would like to acknowledge them and pay thanks.
Our artists; Les, Sarika, Nidhal, Karen, Elena, Leila and Zee have been committed to this project since day one. It has been a joy to watch these artists work alongside one another, collaborate whole heartedly and over time become friends, sharing knowledge, skills, patience and much laughter.
We would like to thank them all for making our project become a reality and for producing a mural that will be around for many years to come and will continue to breath in new life to the laneway.
We have also been lucky enough to have had the generous support of the local community, in particular our Space2b neighbours. The Kuhn family have been involved in the painting process and their lovely daughter Skye spent some time adding her own touches to the artworks.
We have also had the pleasure of the Boyle family being a part of the creative process. Thank you all.
A huge thank you also goes to John and Jamie who leant us their scaffolding. We certainly would not have completed the high points of the art works without their support and handy equipment.
The coordination of this project has been a task undertaken over time by Dawn Perry, Lucy Worsley and Janine Lawrie and for this we thank you all.
Finally, we would like to pass on our thanks to the City of Port Phillip for their grant and support within the project.
We hope that this mural encourages the celebration of the many cultures of the world, through the different patterns that are on show and brings much enjoyment to all.
Please come and join us in celebrating the opening of the laneway mural at our festival this Sunday 25th March, from 10am – 3pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Kindly funded by The Cultural Development Fund – City of Port Phillip
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!
Delicious food, stimulating conversation, and lots of fun!
Some great connections
A day to remember
A new project has begun at Space2b, with a new group of inspiring people, learning new skills and all happening in a brand new year!
We have been fortunate enough to have been funded by The City of Port Phillip and The City of Greater Dandenong to support our Space2Fly Programmes.
Within the projects we have over 15 participants, from all walks of life, from all types of backgrounds and cultures. These include Mentors, Trainers and Trainees. Some members are from our previous project Ready To Fly, including valued business woman Tracey Van Ingen who will be mentoring a previous trainee Chaw Po this year.
And we’ll be welcoming new participants such as Japanese maker Ayaka Ieki and our new design Mentor Maleeha Faiq.
Some of the team..Janine, Lucy, Fatima, Helen, Chaw, Lei Lei, Dupe, Sharifeh and Maleeha.
The projects will run until June 2018, in both our St Kilda shop at 144 Chapel Street and also in Dandenong with Chaw being the Trainer this time.
Through 1:1 mentoring and a series of ‘starting up a small business’ workshops, participants will learn a range of both practical and administrational skills, to enable them to design, create and then progress onto selling their handmade products in retail.
Chaw and one of her trainees Pha Lae making baskets & toys
It’s going to be an exciting journey for all involved.
It’s about sharing…Sharing of knowledge, sharing of skills and sharing of time.
Learning from one another; working alongside people from all walks of life. Giving everyone purpose, building confidence and encouraging the willingness to develop themselves within a creative and community led environment.
We have been lucky enough to have been given a Cultural Development Grant from the City of Port Philip. The fund is aimed at assisting and encouraging artists and related organisations to develop and realise creative projects. Which is what WE are all about!
As most will know, we love a collaborative project and this one is no different. We are calling it our “Imagined Laneways”.
We have found six incredibly talented artists, from all walks of life, some have already been working with us over the years and others’ are fresh to Space2b. We will be working alongside them to design, create and document a series of wall art pieces in the rear laneway of the shop. The artists are Uncle Les Stanley, Karen Hopkins, Elena Nabavi, Sarika Deokar , Nidhal Altaie and Leila Ashtiani.
These already graffiti filled walls and fencing areas will be covered head to toe in patterns that celebrate a range of cultural decorative arts. They will certainly bring some colour and joy to the local community, passers bys and customers to our cafe which will be opening a little later on in the year.
Watch this space for more updates soon….
Grant funded by City of Port Philip
The Space2b model is a fully inclusive one, whereby every aspect of our business provides an opportunity for the local community to connect with new migrants and refugees. This model is at the very core of the ethos of its founders – Mariam Issa, a Somali refugee and Janine Lawrie, an established designer from an English language background.
Space2work provides opportunities for newly arrived migrants to work and train together in a safe and welcoming environment with volunteers from the local community.
Its about creating employment pathways, enhancing skills, increasing capability and capacity, making connections, and breaking down cultural barriers
The program offers placement opportunities in all aspects of our enterprise, in retail, hospitality, sales and marketing, customer service, accounts, stock control, gallery management and event management.
When job ready, applicants are placed with our partners for further training and paid employment.
Fatimah working on the new Point of Sales system (POS).
We now have faster purchasing for customers and a modern POS system to train trainees and newly arrived migrants.
thanks to The City of Port Phillip – Totyota Community Foundation Grant.
Linda & Bibi working and training together.
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 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
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!
LIVE Instagram Art and Craft Auction
Such exciting times!!
So to help keep things moving we are running our first LIVE Instagram Art and Craft Auction and it starts TONIGHT!
How it works
Our Auction items include a range of beautiful examples of works available at Space2b.
You can watch and bid on each item on Instagram @space2b_design or search #space2bliveauction17. Simply click on the items in our Instagram feed and place your bid in the comments section.
If you do not have an Instagram account simply text us on 0430 044 748 with the Item number, your bid amount and your contact name, we will make sure to include you in the bidding.
The Auction closes at 8pm Wednesday 10th May and all winners will be finalised and contacted the following morning. Items will be available for pick up from 11thMay 2017 from Space2b 144 Chapel Street St Kilda.
Auction Item Contributors
Item 1 – Hopeful Dancer – Print
We are so blessed to have artist Leila Ashtiani working with us at Space2b. Leila is a talented and joyous woman who has survived harrowing events to make it to Australia. Space2b provides Leila with a safe and inspiring outlet to show and teach art, manage the gallery space and be supported by our mentors and other artists.
Leilas work shows aspirations of strength, hope and love. Her original artwork Hopeful Dancer, her first since arriving in Australia sold for $2,800. The print is now available for bidding with a reserve of $160.
Item 2 Large Ceramic Fruit Bowl
Melbourne based and local St Kilda Artist Deborah Cotter has over 30 years experience working across many artforms including oil painting, clay and mosaic. She shares her passion for arts through teaching to all ages. Her vibrant, warm and soulful homeware pieces are available at Space2b.
Item 3 and Item 6
Handknitted shopping bag made from 100% upcycled Australian Wool and Hammered copper pendant donated by emmerging Melbourne Silversmith and fibre artist Dee Robinson.
Large Handwoven Large African Basket made in Ghana.
Item 7 Mother and Father beaded artwork by Saida Umurerwa
Saida has been part of our Space2b family since its beginning in 2014. Saida fled her home of Rwanda in 1994 walking for days to Tanzania. She spent 17 years of her early life in refugee camps where she learnt to speak 7 languages and the craft of making beaded jewellery. Saidas two detailed and stunning beaded artworks are of a mother and father and are being auctioned as a pair.
Items 5 and 8 Tara Treasures (Felt Scarf and Cat Pod)
Reserve $65 each
Our felt products are designed here in Melbourne by Tara Treasures, each item is ethically made by a master felt person in Nepal who then creates a prototype for each piece for approval. The item is then passed onto Nepalese woman and produced in their cottage industry. Each item is made of 100% New Zealand wool. Azo-free dyes are used for dying and are all naturally dried using the infinite source of heat and the Sun.
Item 9 Refurbished retro chairs (1 Pair shown bottom left)
Wonderful local upholster of 14 years Lauren Flock turns all forms of furnishings from tired and unloved pieces into unique and homely furnishings using colourful blends of vintage and new fabrics.