Feeling like you just need some space? We hear you. We’ve compiled a list of sites that can help you find the room that you need – whether it’s to work, produce, exhibit, store or sell. The below will be particularly helpful to creatives looking for something short-term.
Creative Spaces links property owners and landlords to creative practitioners across Australia. Established by the City of Melbourne, the City supported its roll-out here. Available spaces include office, studio, live/work, music rehearsal and recording, visual art, dance rehearsal, community, galleries, hot desks and more.
How much? Listing and viewing is free and you can email potential landlords directly from the site.
The Loop is Australia’s largest community of creative professionals. You might know it as a job search site, but it’s now possible to use it to search for creative space for lease. Availabilities include office space, galleries, event space, photography studios, warehouses, meeting rooms and so on.
How much? It’s free to list and view and you can email workspaces from the site, but you will need to create a profile.
Getting its start in Sydney in May 2014, Shortspace is a marketplace where you can book property for short-term commercial use. Think office space, retail, gallery, warehouse, storage space and more.
How much? Shortspace is free to list and view but the site takes a 10% service fee for a successful booking.
Gotspace is an online network that makes it easy for people and organisations to find flexible spaces without getting tied-up in long-term leases. On offer are unused rooms, holiday accommodation, available desks or office spaces, retail and storage.
How much? Free to people looking to rent. If you’re looking to advertise, there’s a flat fee of $29 a month or $299 a year if you’re looking to list on an ongoing basis.
Popup Brands is specifically focused on short-term retail space. It is useful for anyone looking for shopping center spots, building foyers for pop-ups and markets, festival and event opportunities and more. You can book by the day, week or month.
How much? Popup Brands is free to browse and list, but a 10% service fee is charged for a successful booking. Bonus: if you sign up, the site also offers discounted Public Liability insurance for retailers through Gow-Gates.
If you’re looking to start up your own project that brokers short-term, low cost use of empty sites, check out Empty Spaces from UTS. You’ll find tools and resources, info on others who have done this well, information on landlords and more.
We also run a number of programs designed to help artists and creative practitioners find affordable space in City-owned buildings. They aim to suit different needs and time frames. All open opportunities are advertised in our Creative City Sydney newsletter, so sign up for updates.