Firestation Print Studio
Architect: Oakden & Ballantyne 1906
South | S09
Designed by Oakden and Ballantyne and built in 1906, the Malvern Fire Station served the community until 1988 when the fire service was relocated to bigger premises. The building was facing demolition in 1989 until a few people rallied the then Malvern City Council to purchase it as an arts facility. It rapidly became a centre for printmaking and since 2001 has been known as the Firestation Print Studio. It is the only community print studio in Melbourne which provides 24-hour access to its printmakers. Comprising an exhibition gallery, a workshop with three etching presses and another with several relief and letterpresses downstairs – along with several artist’s studios upstairs – this unique facility supports the creative life of Stonnington and beyond. With regular exhibitions in the gallery, children’s classes and workshops for beginners and experienced printmakers, Firestation Print Studio is a vital artistic resource for the community. Its member artists reside all over Australia.
Visitors can explore the Firestation Print Studio exhibition gallery and enjoy demonstrations of various types of printmaking, etching, linocut, gelliplate and letterpress. This is also a special opportunity to go behind the scenes to meet resident artists in their private studio spaces.
Need to Know
Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 11am–4pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Self-guided
Access: Limited mobility, all ages.
Notes: Toilets available
Building Type: Cultural
Architecture Era: Federation/Edwardian (1902-1918)
Transport: Tram stop 57: High Street on route 16
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Firestation Print Studio
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