Looking for a Space?

The Empty Spaces Project is about providing information and tools for local projects brokering the use of low-cost, temporary spaces for cultural and community activity and encouraging landlords and government to support these projects.

We don't manage space listings or do brokering with landlords and we don't fund projects. 

Here are some links that should help in your quest to find a space.

Contact an empty space project in your area

Here's our regularly updated list of projects in Australia and international projects.

Many projects do a 'call for expressions of interest' twice a year and keep a database of suitable projects for when spaces become available. You might want to get on the mailing list of projects suitably located for your work. 

We also post any relevant information we receive on this website and on the Empty Spaces Project Facebook page.

Short-term Space Agencies and Listing Sites in Australia

These entities do creative and/or community space listings (although not all are low-cost) and some do space brokering. 

  • Creative Spaces helps artists to find suitable and affordable spaces to develop, exhibit or perform work.
  • Casual Leasing Australia lists casual lease and pop up spaces in shopping centres around Australia.
  • Brand X assists finding creative and cultural projects temporary space in Sydney City-owned properties as they become available. Matched projects enter into a short term license with the City at a rental rate of $100 per week.
  • Gumtree lists opportunities and wanted listings in their Real Estate section.
  • Pop Up Brands is a paid listing site for pop up retail and co-shared spaces available at commercial and non-commercial rates.
  • popUPshops Melbourne posts regular articles on news and views of pop up installations around Melbourne (and beyond), and features regular updates of available sites (mostly at commercial rates).
  • The Loop lists creative workspaces and co-shared spaces. Their article 'The Rise of Co-Working Spaces' also has a state by state listing of some shared workspaces.


We'll keep building the knowledge on this page if you share and tell us your tips and advice on finding a space.