Arts studio


A working art studio for artists with intellectual disabilities is rearranged and upgraded so accessibility, art preparation, storage, kitchen, and office spaces best suit the artists.


  • Size95m2
  • TypeCommercial Alterations
  • BuilderLeda Constructions
  • JoineryKaboodle
  • PhotographyArts Projects Australia
  • ClientArts Project Australia

Our Input

Initially, Robinson Architecture provided pro bono architectural services to Arts Project Australia’s Northcote site providing a master plan for the gallery and first floor studio. The design and documentation for the first Studio upgrade proceeded to the construction stage. We also supported the staff and board on issues of accessibility, facilities strategy, and sourcing capital works funding.

Staff Feedback

Sandy Fernee, Operations Manager:

The photos don’t give the full impact of the work that you did because a lot of the difference is in how you removed areas and rearranged things – the new space is amazing in that it created a much more accessible area for artists to use, both kitchen and materials preparation areas, and we noticed immediately the improvement to artists’ independence and agency in utilising the space themselves rather than relying on support from staff.

Sue Roff, Director:

Kathy it was a pleasure to work with you on this project. You really listened to the issues and found solutions and it resulted in a far more accessible and useable space for staff and artists.

  • non profitcommercialpublic

    The original historic Federation era wash house is painstakingly reconstructed, but this time around the interior inhabits the 21st century and serves as amenities and laundry for the beautifully preserved Reserve Keepers House c 1912.