The Studio, Bendigo

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The Studio (previously known as the Bendigo Creative Industries Hub) will be a place for the region’s creative practitioners, entrepreneurs and businesses to work, connect, build their skills and expand their networks.  

The Studio will offer: 

  • workspaces, meeting rooms and a presentation space for local creatives and creative businesses 
  • a membership-based business program for residents and the broader creative community to develop their business skills, knowledge and networks
  • regular events designed to bring the creative community together to share their products, projects and insights. 


Where is The Studio? 

The Studio will be located in the former Morley’s Emporium site on Mitchell Street in the heart of Bendigo’s CBD

Who is running The Studio?

The Studio is an initiative of the Victorian Government and it will be led by ACMI and a locally based team, in partnership with a Local Advisory Board. 

ACMI has been contracted to develop and operate The Studio until October 2021 with a view to building a local team to take the reins from then on.

When will The Studio open?

The Studio will be fully operational in early 2020. In the period until opening The Studio will host events and run some trial programming. For information about upcoming events, visit The Studio Facebook page or website

Who can access The Studio?

The Studio will be designed and programmed to support the needs of individual creative practitioners and small to medium creative businesses (2–6 staff) working in the Bendigo region. Creative practitioners and businesses can be commercially focused or not for profit and working in arts and culture, screen, fashion, digital games, design or associated fields. 

There are several ways to get involved: 

  • as a resident co-worker 
  • as a partner
  • by participating in events presented at The Studio.

Who is on the Local Advisory Board?

The advisory board is made up of 10 creative industries representatives from the Greater Bendigo region.

How many people will be able to work at The Studio?

ACMI is working with Bendigo architecture firm e+ architecture to design The Studio to include workspaces, meeting rooms and event spaces, with initial designs catering for up to 24 desks.  

What will The Studio offer for resident workers/co-workers?

Supported by a dedicated Manager and a part time Administrator, co-workers at The Studio will have access to desk space and storage along with the following benefits: 

  • a supported co-working community
  • 24/7 access to The Studio
  • high speed wi-fi
  • bookable meeting rooms
  • a kitchen
  • print facilities
  • multi-use workshop/presentation space
  • access to The Studio business and social program
  • access to guest programming at The Studio
  • a bookable desk at ACMI X in Melbourne

Through ACMI’s involvement, a hot desk will also be available at the ACMI X co-working space in Southbank, Melbourne for The Studio co-workers. ACMI X’s Melbourne residents will also have access to space at The Studio, providing opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange.

How much will it cost to work on site?

ACMI will work with the advisory group to determine the model for The Studio, including the cost of rent and membership. This information will be released in early 2020 on The Studio website

Do you need to be a co-worker to visit The Studio?

The Studio will be open to the public for special events and programming. 

What will the business program involve?

The Studio members will have access to regular business support programs such as specialist legal and accounting services and other professional advice. 

As a community meeting place, The Studio will also help to strengthen connections across the region’s creative community by hosting conversations and programs, and showcasing opportunities where local creatives can share their projects and seek feedback.

Why is ACMI operating/involved with The Studio? 

ACMI has taken on the role of establishing the operations and programming of The Studio in partnership with local creative industries stakeholders. We have been contracted until October 2021 and will establish the local team to operate the site from then on. 

In addition to operating Australia’s national museum dedicated to screen culture, located in Fed Square, ACMI runs creative industries co-working space ACMI X and a range of industry, business development and creative entrepreneurship programs. 

Established in 2016, ACMI X is a co-working space that assembles a vibrant mix of creative and digital start-ups, creative technologists, digital producers, web developers, filmmakers, arts administrators, researchers and designers. Reserved solely for individuals, start-ups and businesses working with creative technology, ACMI X fosters a creative culture that champions collaboration, innovation and sustainability. It provides infrastructure and a community platform that has enabled discovery, learning and growth for our current and former residents. Creative fusions and cross-disciplinary partnerships emerge from the energy and collaboration between co-workers and ACMI’s own creative employees at ACMI X. 

ACMI X is the home of a range of activities and programs specifically designed to support our co-workers and the creative industries more broadly. Programming includes meet ups by partner organisations such as Experimenta Social and RMIT; sector consultation and gatherings such as Screen Australia’s Enterprise Program roadshow or an AsiaTOPA think tank; and business support programs on the Fundamentals of Marketing or Arts Law 101. 

ACMI X has been critical to the evolution of creative industries practice and the development of new models for sector sustainability through ACMI Xcel and Foundry658

ACMI will bring this experience to Bendigo, working with locals to create a co-working space and program tailored for the region’s creative practitioners and businesses. 

Learn more about ACMI X.


We will be recruiting co-workers from late 2019. To be notified of the callout and to stay up to date please contact The Studio Manager David Hughes at

How can I get involved/stay in touch? 

We will be sending regular updates as well as updating our social platforms. Please email local manager David Hughes at to receive news of what’s happening and hear about opportunities to get involved.