Your weekly journey into deep space

27 Mar 2019,

Last year Spacemarket took over the Murray House wing at the very gorgeous Heathcote Cultural Precinct in Applecross. Positioned on Point Heathcote and overlooking the Swan, our pocket here hosts a diverse array of creatives and practitioners from social enterprise and wellness to painting and radio broadcasting!

Pre-Euro arrival, the area was known as Goolugatup meaning ‘the place of the children’ and was used by the local Nyoongar population for camping, hunting and initiation ceremonies. Post-arrival the site was pegged as a favourable one for the colony however local indigenous leader Yagan fiercely defended the area and it wasn’t populated by settlers in earnest until after his death.

From 1929 until 1994 the buildings operated as the Point Heathcote Reception Centre —later known as Heathcote Hospital—and specialised in the treatment of mental health. After it closed it was given heritage status and taken over by the City of Melville, who encouraged the creation of the cultural precinct it has become today.

With over 40 creative tenants, and including the Heathcote Museum & Gallery, we are happily developing our place within the community. The people helping us are artists Jordy Hewitt, Rachelle Dusting, Steven Makse, Matt Hayes and Greg Barr; disability advocacy foundation Valued Lives, Demelza Leonard of Boss Mode Radio, Erin Madeley of Perth Maker’s Market, Director of the Perth Independent Latino Film Festival Raphael Baro, Ryan Poletti of Perth Interior Fitouts and our newest residents, a wellness collective comprised of nutrition and wellbeing practitioners Kate Flower, Jessica Lowe of Happy Healthy and Kristen Pavez.

If these sound like your people we still have one 60sqm studio available here, it includes NBN and all outgoings, on-site parking, 24 hour security system and sweeeeet river views year round. Let us know if you’d like more info.

Also, this Sunday 31 March is national Neighbour Day—maybe pop your head over the fence and say ‘ello if you feel inclined?

Until next week,

SM x


Paradise? No, it’s the Heathcote Cultural Precinct in Applecross!


Life Drawing with Marijke Loosjes & Jessica Eva, Sat 30 Mar, 11am — 12:30pm

Pick up a pencil and capture some art in motion as Marijke Looses, who is currently exhibiting in the Heathcote Gallery, models and performs two stages from her performance piece 'Drowning’. The session will be facilitated by West Australian artist and educator, Jessica Eva. Cost is $20 and all materials will be provided.

Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Swan House Community Room, 58 Duncraig Road, Applecross


Between Two Points, Nyisztor Studio, Sat 30 Mar, 6pm

With a show that includes painting, print making, drawing and sculpture join five emerging artists Charmaine Ball, Eleonora Barcellona, Dallas Perry, Jane Grierson, Marina van Leeuwin, “who share the friendship of art making and the philosophical and academic engagement it brings them”, for Between Two Points.

Nyisztor Studio, 391 Canning Hwy, Melville. Runs until 14 Apr, Wednesday - Sat 11am – 5pm, Sun 2pm – 5pm


Transgender Day of Visibility Fair, Sun 31 Mar, 9am – 1pm

Trans Day of Visibility (March 31) is a national day to celebrate with the Australian trans community and to learn how to be a supportive and effective ally. Head down to Mary St Piazza where there will be arts and stalls exploring “gender, bodies, visibility, LGBTI knowledge and more”.

Mary St Piazza, Highgate


Artist Jordy Hewitt (and baby Bo) in her Heathcote studio space


We’ll use this section to share some tidbits we’ve come across the last week from you, our tenants, and the www.

+ Our studio mates, Post Architecture, are super proud to announce an innovative new collaboration with Collier Homes called IMBY, a small home initiative designed to increase residential urban density in backyards around the city. Head to the website for enquiries or to sign up for more info.

+ Heathcote tenant, Matt Hayes, has recently opened an incredible new venue, King Somm in Bayswater, which is part bottle shop, part wine bar, 100% delicious pizza. Think natural wines and cosy nooks. Try and keep us away!

+ If you’re interested to hear some honest and intelligent thoughts around refugees and asylum seekers, The Burnside Conversations, a 13-part series on Australia's response to the refugee crisis, will be available to download on YouTube from tomorrow.

+ With one million plastic water bottles purchased every minute, and 50% being thrown away after the first use, it’s pretty rad/revolutionary that San Francisco has become the first city to completely ban the sale of plastic bottles. Imagine that being a reality? Nice one SF.

+ Lastly, if you’re around tomorrow evening Heathcote’s most recent ‘Artist in Residence’ (Jan-Mar), Matthew McAlpine, will be holding a studio session while they’ll also be welcoming their next Artist in Residence, Susan Roux (Apr-Jun). Pop by for a vino and a squizz if its your thing!


Perth’s urban sprawl as seen from the International Space Station


Heathcote, Applecross
We have just one space left at Heathcote precinct. It’s a 60m2 space and perfect for a small-medium size creative business. Would suit a production company, architecture bizz, fashion studio etc.

MANY North Freo
We have two spaces available in our MANY North Freo warehouse (one 55sqm & one 70sqm). Rent includes three-phase power, rubbish collection, and water, AND you get to work amongst a super bunch of other local makers. Other benefits include high ceilings, great access and, a short walk over Leighton footbridge; you’re at the beach!

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We’d always love to hear from you about any and all of the interesting things you’ve got going on. Please send us an email at to let us know what’s up.