Your weekly journey into deep space

8 May, 2019

Perth’s impressive abandoned power stations have long stood as expansive, mysterious, multi-windowed monuments to another time. While both the South Fremantle and East Perth power stations have long attracted teens, raves, graff and goths, the last decade has not attracted much in terms of government investment. Given their city-edge, prime waterfront locations it’s no surprise that the fortunes of one is about to change…

This week, the 100-year old East Perth Power Station, empty since 1981 was slated to receive a $30-million dollar reboot in the 2019-20 WA state budget. Premier Mark McGowan compared the potential of the site to that of the extraordinary Tasmanian art gallery, MONA (despite the fact MONA is so great almost exclusively because of the lack of government intervention)—but I guess you gotta hand it to him for even thinking of it. There’s talk of a mixed use site including an Aboriginal art museum, and community, cultural and residential components are all up for discussion.

In an ideal world, the East Perth power station could be Perth’s version of Sydney’s dynamic Carriageworks cultural precinct or Cockatoo Island, London’s The Wapping Project, or the newly established Collingwood Arts Precinct in Melbourne. But that, of course, will depend on who picks up the EOI…

Interestingly, over a decade ago the site was earmarked for development (by the Government Office of Strategic Projects) into a $500-million TATE-esque museum project with a projected completion date of 2015. However Colin Barnett’s appointment as Premier in 2008, led to the scrapping of the project. It has since sat eerily vacant.

The investment offers a potentially exciting future for the site, and we’re a few of many people who look forward to seeing what transpires.

See you next week,

SM x


Also, an update on last weeks newsletter — thank you to those who got in touch. We’ve had some leads on MANY as a result, which is thrilling! We wiill keep you posted. And to continue last weeks discussion, Spacemarket Director Nic Brunsdon chats to Gareth Parker at 6PR about the value of ‘meanwhile’ spaces. Have a listen here!


“East Perth Power Station is said to be completely unique in the world in that inside it holds remnant equipment and machinery from the five different stages of power generation technology that occurred in the 20th century”.


Acute Misfortune Director Q&A, Fri 10 May, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Massive legend Thomas M. Wright (Sweet Country, Top of the Lake) is in town to Q&A after the advance screening of his film, Acute Misfortune. The film, based on the book by Saturday Paper editor Erik Jensen, details his incredible/ terrifying experience as biographer of the infamous Australian artist, Adam Cullen. Jensen was only 19 when he began his interviews with Cullen. The relationship lasted four years over which period, Jensen was shot by and essentially terrorised by Cullen - until the artists death in 2012. The movie also won a heap of awards after it’s MIFF premiere last year. Go check it out.

Luna Leederville, 155 Oxford St, Leederville. Tickets here


May Exhibitions at Cool Change, Fri 10 May, 6pm-8pm

Cool Change launches their May exhibition program and you should be there!

Gallery 1 - Kate Webb & Natsumi De Dianous: What can become of it
Gallery 2 - Pascale Giorgi: It's going to be ok baby, you're going to be reborn
Gallery 3 - Liam Colgan: From Looking To Feeling

Exhibitions continue until Saturday 1 June, Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm.

First floor, Bon Marche Arcade Building, 74-84 Barrack St, Perth


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

+ “A devastating new UN report shows the planet is in serious danger from the accelerating decline of the Earth’s natural life-support systems. Here we look at 10 of the key points from the report – and their relevance for Australia." via The Guardian.

+ Artist studios available at Heathcote Cultural Precinct — contact HCP here

+ Art Deco Sydney: From the Enmore to the Harbour Bridge—in pictures

+ Last month we showed you the beautiful Casa Ojala off-grid tiny house project, this week we bring you the LumiPodj’adore!

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“Called LumiPod, the curved structure is designed around a 5m diameter window that can slide along rails and open to the outdoors. Made to celebrate connections to nature, the 180 square foot prefab unit includes a bedroom, toilet and shower area. LumiPods are designed to be delivered anywhere in the world.” Via Arch Daily

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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 35sqm). 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!

**Some new Freo spaces coming up soon! Please register your interest so we can keep you in the loop.

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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.

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