Global Village Inspiration

Arts Nexus has been working with the community since 2007 on developing an idea for a Creative Hub.  Over the years we have run surveys, had interviews, sector forums and conference sessions discussing the necessity for a multipurpose, multifunctional, cultural destination.

Global Village Concept will attract locals, visitors and residencies, artists, craftspeople, and our diverse cultural communities.

A collective of creative enterprises, community organisations, incorporated associations and entrepreneurs have come together and are working on a functionality analysis to ensure this concept has have rigorous thought and input from the creative community.  Many of these consultations and meetings will be had throughout 2015 and 16.

Global Village (concept) will be socially inclusive with a program of activities that includes community engagement, economic and capacity building and social enterprise.

The following are various case studies that demonstrate the ideas, models, best practice examples of this kind of combined, working studios, creative hub.  And yet none of them have what we have – unique environment, a massive influx of cultural tourists and a strong community network.

Global Village is a vision of an iconic, legacy venue

If you know of a place that has inspired you, let us know [email protected]

ARTICLE “A win-win for artists and landlords”

An article published in 2010 on ….. still makes a good point “When artists move into an area the general experience is that land values go up and small businesses such as cafes and those sorts of things thrive.”    + Read


CASE STUDIES of those that have led the way and inspire us


Bali’s first membership-driven makerspace. We cater to makers of all kinds, including hobbyists, tinkerers, inventors, fabricators, craftsmen, artists, and DIY enthusiasts. Inspired by the contemporary global phenomenon of maker culture, our aim is to establish and maintain an active community of makers capable of trading ideas, knowledge and expertise and furthering their collective development of skills in a wide variety of crafts.

Fueling the diverse practice of artists from many different backgrounds – showcasing the innovative work of a new generation of multicultural artists – largely missed by institutional radars – whose genuinely distinctive work can cross from the margins into the mainstream. The program of activity celebrates diversity as an exhilarating, compelling long-term asset that fully engages audiences, artists, organisations and communities in ‘the cultural diversity party’.

A Western Sydney community arts organisation working in the areas of cultural development, screen culture and digital technology and related education/training programs. Together with communities, artists and creative producers,they have succeeded in creating community focused and driven art that is bold, imaginative and adventurous, and delivered creative opportunity, cultural empowerment and employment for our communities and artists.

An entrepreneurial community and co-working space to create solutions for a world that works for all. They provide a range of programs as part of our ongoing commitment to develop and support the success of our members. Their programs aim to accelerate your learning, meet great thought leaders, connect you with new collaborators and have fun, all in service to creating a better world we know is possible.

Provides affordable space in which artists and entrepreneurs can create and inspire. The population is diverse and creative, manifesting a space that is resplendent with cross-pollination and inspiration. NOTE: now closed

Australia’s oldest artists’ community, set amid unique grounds and buildings, a place where art is made, taught, exhibited, performed and celebrated.

One of the oldest and largest artist colonies in the world, celebrating our 30th anniversary this year. Covering 23 acres in 14 buildings of live-work spaces, 500-700 artists and businesses call The Brewery their home. Twice a year, we open our doors and invite the public to enjoy our open studios at The Brewery Art Walk.

A not-for-profit arts hub supported by the ACT government providing artist working spaces and facilities.

A non-profit organisation that has supported the ACT region’s artists for over 30 years. Since establishment in 1983, CAPO has disbursed over $2 million as arts fellowships and awards with support from the Canberra arts and business communities.

Established 1897, it serves school-age children, youth, and seniors in Hell’s Kitchen (NYC) by enriching their lives, expanding their opportunities, and building a sense of community.

A vibrant arts precinct producing a range of high-quality arts programs, workshops and activities for all ages with four hectares of park, two theatres, three gallery spaces, a café, function and workshop spaces.

Artspace is where artists of all generations test new ideas and shape public conversation, exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, and public programs.

Space Tank gives makers more control over their destiny and naturally supports a like-minded community of motivated individuals that leads to individual, business and economic growth.” width=”300″ height=”109″ /> Self-regulation and the principle of give and take lead to a strong sense of individual purpose. Space Tank gives makers more control over their destiny and naturally supports a like-minded community of motivated individuals that leads to individual, business and economic growth

A center for research and experimentation in contemporary culture. Through a broad range of exhibitions, performances, arts and science residencies, and educational programs, Pioneer Works seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, foster community, and provide a space where alternative modes of thought are supported and activated in tangible ways.

UK’s largest art, craft & design gallery set in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter. Housed in a former Victorian warehouse, our beautiful gallery spaces set over two floors, display a range of exciting contemporary fine art, sculpture, original prints and jewellery, quality craftmanship and design led homewares.

A national artist-led organisation that fosters and creates a professional context for the exploration of experimental and emerging arts practice.

A cooperative, relying on its tenants and members to assist in the operation of the facilities through committee participation as well as rostered cleaning, gardening and maintenance.

Beautifully refurbished new building providing high quality, contemporary serviced office space for a range of digital and creative businesses, from start-ups in a shared workspace to larger offices for established companies.

VIDEOS of case studies, example events and inspirational articles