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Firestation Print Studio

Architect: Oakden & Ballantyne

South | S13

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.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 11am-4pm

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: restricted disabled access

  • Tour Type: S13

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: Visitors can enjoy demonstrations of various types of printmaking, etching, linocut, gelliplate and letterpress, and go behind the scenes to meet resident artists in their studios.

  • Year Built: 1906

  • Transport: Stop 57: High Street on route 16.


2 Willis St, Armadale 3143, VIC


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