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!

Preparations

Welcome Laughter session to get people relaxed

Delicious food, stimulating conversation, and lots of fun! 

Some great connections

A day to remember

Space2b Laneways Mural

Hurrah!

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

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!

 

LIVE Instagram Art and Craft Auction @Space2b

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
Reserve $160

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
Deborah Cotter
Reserve $125

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
No Reserve

Handknitted shopping bag made from 100% upcycled Australian Wool and Hammered copper pendant donated by emmerging Melbourne Silversmith and fibre artist Dee Robinson.

Item 4
Large Handwoven Large African Basket made in Ghana.
Reserve $65

Item 7 Mother and Father beaded artwork by Saida Umurerwa
Reserve $165

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)
Reserve $170

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.

HAPPY BIDDING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Across barriers – Dinner at CBC with new migrant families

After a lot of planning and meeting the first event for Across barriers school program has started at Christian Brothers College, St Kilda,

Two events have taken place where parents, schools and communities have been able to meet together to share stories, experiences and just to meet up giving support to new families in our school communities.

Christian Brothers College, St Kilda had a lovely relaxed evening with new families from Sudan. With the assistance of the former school captain Anei Thou, Teachers and parents shared food and stories in a relaxed venue. Children played while parents developed ties, discussing various recipes and trying new flavours such as Okra. There was also a bit of dancing and music too. We are hoping to encourage more families over the year to meet up.

Good planning CBC and well done Anei for getting the ball rolling.

In conversation with Mariam Issa

Interview with Mariam Issa by Sarah Yusuf

Mariam Issa is not only a remarkable person and infectiously positive person but also a great mother of five. Despite her being my mother, I still didn’t really know much about her involvement with
space 2b and got the opportunity to really talk to her about it in an entirely unbiased way.

Mariam began Space2b with Janine; Space2b is one of the most profound projects she has been a part of. I sat down with her and went into depth about why this was.

SARAH: Hi, i’m Sarah Yusuf and here with me today is Mariam Issa, Space2B’s Ambassador. So, How did you get involved with Space2b?

MARIAM: Well, I started the space2b with Janine, It was all her idea, she came to me and asked if I could be a part of this dream she had.

SARAH: Awesome, So how has space 2b impacted your journey?

MARIAM: … I think it gives me a sense of doing something that I am proud of and …. Also it’s given me an insight into the art and design industry. While I love beautiful clothes I’ve never really had a chance to witness the behind the scenes creative process or the wonderful people who make them, so being a part of the creative process of art and design has added to my value of life and beauty.

SARAH: Yeah that’s cool, so where do you see Space 2b in 5 years?

MARIAM: Well, I see The Space2b in 5 years to be …. established, independent and sustainable and by independent I mean financially, so independent from grants because we seek grants, we seek other peoples help, so most of the work we do and most of the people working are volunteer based, and that sort of … handicaps us. The way I see the shop going and the direction its heading, I see it being a very sustainable organisation where good, beautiful works of art are sold.

SARAH: Okay that’s great, so where do you and Janine find designers and artists for the store?

MARIAM: Well, we will work with migrant and refugee women; um … we find them through networks of referral, word of mouth and the mainstream artists and designers are people Janine usually knows since she is a designer herself. The designs and art is Janine’s territory, she incorporates anything that she might like from a designer perspective but with recruiting … we just do it together through people we know and our own separate contacts.

SARAH: Having already had so much on your plate with different projects, what made Space2b special/different? What was your vision for it?

MARIAM: My vision for it to begin was … I loved the idea of connecting people, especially women, I mean Space2b is not just for women but we work predominantly with women and my connection with the idea is the fact that I love entrepreneurship and I love the fact that this is an autonomy where women can be given a chance, to be able to make their own things and make money from that. Also that part of training, to train the women to achieve and grow in confidence, being able to use the shop as a place where they can feel a part of the community despite it sometimes being a strange new place for some of them. I think that comes from my own background and my own integration story, I feel like had I had a space like Space2b I would have progressed much faster.

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