Room to Create in Action: New Dance Studio Created and New Grants Program Announced

The City of Yarra and Dancehouse are proud to announce the opening of SKYLAB a new world-class multi-use dance studio funded through Council’s Room to Create Fund and a new Responsive Grants Program for creative infrastructure projects.

Room to Create is a visionary initiative in partnership with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation that helps to create and maintain quality affordable and sustainable creative spaces and keep the arts in Yarra. SKYLAB is the first phase of a $50,000 package of creative infrastructure works that has been realised from the partnership between Room to Create, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Dancehouse. Council hopes many more arts organisations will continue to benefit from Room to Create as it grows.

The opening of SKYLAB coincides with Dancehouse’s 25th anniversary and marks a new phase of development in its history, renewing its commitment to being the home of independent dance. Established by a working group of independent dance practitioners, Dancehouse is the only Australian organisation committed solely to presenting independent contemporary dance with a dedicated venue. For the professionals, Dancehouse is a hub of expertise, resources and opportunities for developing challenging, invigorating, and socially engaged contemporary dance. For audiences, it is the site for transformative art journeys tailored for the first timer as well as the arts savvy.

Council is also launching the Room to Create Responsive Grants Program which will provide funding towards creative infrastructure projects in the City. The Guidelines and Application Forms for these Grants will be available shortly. There is $5000 in this pool for the remainder of the financial year and this will be renewed to the tune of $25,000 in the new financial year. Creative organisations will be able to apply for $2,000 in stand-alone grants and $5,000 in matched grants towards a range of works that maintain the creative footprint in Yarra.


Image is of Skylab