Space People,

It’s here — we are so excited to announce our newest activation! We have a brand-new set of studios and offices on our books; located in the empty commercial tenancies under the LIV apartments on Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle.

After a period of discussion with the property owners, just last month we got the go ahead to activate the eight, long-term vacant commercial tenancies - and one week later - we had them filled with creatives, makers and small businesses seeking a place to work. This set of studios filled so quickly we didn’t even have the chance to make the EOI public - showing that when the price is right, there are a wealth of small businesses ready to fill our city’s vacant spaces.

Our new tenants include artist Benjamin Barretto, textile and fashion designer Hickey Hardware, the team from Sir Botanical florist, the studio of multi-disciplinary artist Gera Woltjer, award-winning firm Post- Architects, and Ryan Poletti of Perth Interior Fitouts. 

And the great news is that this quick and effective activation can be applied to Fremantle, Subi, Mt Lawley and all our other struggling centres.

By negotiating a ‘cost of occupation’ rent with the landlords for a short-term period, we are able to lease out spaces at a rental level in line with what creative small businesses can afford - allowing a diverse and interesting mixture of tenants rather than franchises. 

By utilising a legal agreement that recognises the activation as ‘subsidiary income’ rather than formal rent - short term activations do NOT affect land values. This allows building owners to activate empty shops while they wait to secure that (elusive) long-term tenant. MEANWHILE these activations bring life into the precinct for residents, other local businesses and the wider community… Other benefits of occupied spaces include; increased security, a reduction in anti-social behaviour, a vision of aspiration, strengthening the local economy (rather than damaging it) and an increase in the value of the property (rather than have it sit endlessly vacant).

The dream scenario for our ‘meanwhile spaces’ are that the small businesses we work with end up converting into that aforementioned elusive long-term tenant. Just by giving them a chance to get started up in the most straight-forward and supportive way we can.

We can do it, and we have done it. There’s this most recent example at LIV - but also MANY 6160 in the old Myer building in King’s Square, we’ve filled up a disused childcare centre on Quarry Street, activated a vacant Police Barracks in Fremantle, and transformed a former brewery warehouse - there’s plenty more examples that we’ve worked on, and a whole host of similar projects overseas, delivered by other passionate advocates for change. 

So you can see that when we have the support of landlords - in a snap, we can have a precinct of bustling creative business. A huge thank you to the DHA, and team at the LIV Apartments for working with us on this project. We can’t wait to share more about this activation with you as it rolls out.

Spacemarket x

You may have seen a weaving like this in the lobby of the Alex Hotel, or Tiny’s Bar? It’s the work of our newest tenant, artist Benjamin Barretto


Hickey Hardware Pop-Up sale, Wed 6th (Tonight) & Fri 8th, 4-8pm

Our newest Spacemarket tenant, Hickey Hardware, are celebrating the opening of their LIV space with vino and an epic group retail pop-up featuring some of our fave Perth labels (some who also happen to be ex-MAMY tenants) including Mountain and Moon, Ilka, Wild Horses, Monster Alphabets and “Industrial Designer and homewares genius Duncan McGrath”. Stop by for new and sale stock, one-off samples, and fittings of the new Hickey Hardware collection pre-order. See you there.

Open for shopping Thursday to Sunday 11-5pm or by appointment. Shop 3/51 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle


Fremantle Arts Centre Exhibition Opening: Winter 2019, Fri 7th Jun, 6:30-9pm

Brave the light rain and get down to the Fremantle Arts Centre this Friday eve as they launch their suite of Winter 2019 exhibitions including US-based paper-based media artist James Angus with ‘Papier Mache for Beginners’, local Freo artist Trevor Richards takes over the main gallery with his interventional work ‘Ground Plane’, visiting Taiwanese artist Dia-Rong Lee (2019’s Asialink Exchange Artist) with a show investigating local materials through “fleshy ceramic forms”, plus there’s historical paintings by WA’s first Chief Harbour Master, George A.D. Forsyth (1843-1894).

Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle. Free entry


June Exhibitions at Cool Change, Fri 7th Jun, 6-8pm

Come get cosy at Cool Change this Friday as they launch their June exhibition program with four new shows including ‘Drifting Proximities’ from Tessa Beale, Bina Butcher and Phoebe Clarke and ‘Deep Heritage’ a group show from Cassie Lynch, Rebecca Orchard, Andrew James Williams, and Mei Swan Lim.

Cool Change Contemporary, 1F Bon Marche Arcade, 74-84 Barrack St, Perth.
Exhibitions continue until Sat 29 Jun, Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm


Brian Blanchflower exhibition opening, Fri 7th Jun, 6-8pm

“Brian Blanchflower is one of Australia’s most important living artists. In The Substance of Colour he presents several groups of works completed since 2005, most of which have not been exhibited before; some not exhibited in Perth before; and some which have only appeared in survey shows here. The artworks reveal an ongoing interest in the octagon form as a vehicle for colour, the condensing of paint/matter into horizontal blocks of colour, and the concentrated focal points of colour as a means of activating monochrome surfaces.”

Turner Galleries, 47 William St, Northbridge

It’s with such excitement we welcome the team at Sir Botanical as some of our newest activation tenants. Check them out at


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

We loved this article from on San Jose, California. They are experiencing very similar problems to us with regard to vacancies and it was great to hear about what’s being done on the other side of the world : If Business Is Booming, Why Is Main Street America Still Full of Empty Storefronts?

'It’s a miracle': Helsinki's radical solution to homelessness. Finland is the only EU country where homelessness is falling. Its secret? Giving people homes as soon as they need them – unconditionally via The Guardian: Cities

‘So, you’d like a neighbourhood grocery store’… a fantastic article from the website Strong Towns (great name)

From no recycling to zero waste: how Ljubljana rethought its rubbish. Fifteen years ago, all the Slovenian capital’s waste went to landfill, but by 2025, at least 75% of its rubbish will be recycled. How did the city turn itself around? via The Guardian: Cities

Ikea explores the future of urban living for the many

Redesigning Renting: Housing as a Service: sharing economy increasingly means that we subscribe to a service (transport, music, even clothes and cars) instead of buying the thing. But how does this work with housing? Alexis Kalagas suggests that new commercial co-living models are only one vision for redesigning renting via Assemble Papers

Fremantle Arts Centre Winter 2019 exhibition openings—Dai-Rong Lee, Struggle of Mind, 2016, porcelain, 40 x 36 x 20cm


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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