Siteworks is a low-cost facility available to the community and provides flexible meeting, education and skills-sharing spaces for day, week and month-long use.
Diversity of use is critical to the success of the project. Siteworks welcomes programs and initiatives big and small, experimental and mainstream, diverse and inclusive, to help define the potential of the site.
Siteworks is a council asset and its use over the coming years is critical to informing the future of the site.
This is a live research-driven project, more than a venue for hire. This is an exciting opportunity for all of us to contribute to the future of the site.
Drawing inspiration from the work of Robert Greenleaf, and in particular his 1970 essay “The Servant as Leader”, the idea of a servant leader is fundamental to the TPT caretaker management approach.
“This is my thesis: caring for persons, the more able and the less able serving each other, is the rock upon which a good society is built. Whereas, until recently, caring was largely person to person, now most of it is mediated through institutions – often large, complex, powerful, impersonal; not always competent; sometimes corrupt. If a better society is to be built, one that is more just and more loving, one that provides greater creative opportunity for its people, then the most open course is to raise both the capacity to serve and the very performance as servant of existing major institutions by new regenerative forces operating within them.
The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?”
Siteworks has an active practice-based research method for site management services which is defined by the following terms and their interrelationships – Caretaker / Maintenance + Rehabilitation / Production.
This research manifests in the following ways:
A full-time caretaker embedded into a site establishes base operations. The caretaker holds responsibility for the maintenance of both site and operation, and program and curation.
Acts of generosity and inclusion are fundamental to its aims, and are communicated to everyone engaged on the project.
Rehabilitation of existing sites provides a return on community investment at a higher ratio than new development.
The site and its operation is a net gain, and generative spaces add value. This is in the form of an expanded field of use.
Essentially, we are interested in building cultures within communities.
As part of the Siteworks program we have an onsite documentary team. As part of your booking we may request to film or photograph for our archive and highlights page.
You may be contacted by one of the Light Works film crew as part of your booking. Please advise them if you give permission for documentation for our highlights page.
Siteworks has a zero tolerance policy for any aggressive, abusive or threatening behaviour. Siteworks needs to be a safe space for all staff and visitors, if you display aggressive, abusive or threatening behaviour that makes others feel unsafe you will be asked to leave the site. Siteworks reserves the right to refuse entrance to the site in cases where someone has been aggressive, abusive or threatening to staff or other customers.
Applications will be selected based on the following criteria:
Availability of workrooms
Suitability of site facilities
Meeting community needs
Workroom facilities are made available to members of the community on the basis that they are not used explicitly for advertising or canvassing-related events.
Fundraising in conjunction with the activities and categories outlined is welcome.
Cancellation fee of $25 for paid bookings.
To avoid this charge, email in advance of booking date with a proposed new date and time.
No refund available bookings valued under $25.
Siteworks at Saxon Street is proudly supported by Merri-Bek City Council.
We respectfully acknowledge the five language groups of the Kulin Nation as sovereign custodians of the lands on which we work and live. We extend our respects to ancestors and elders past, present and emerging, and to all First Nations people. In the context of the work we do, we express gratitude for our shared connection through place, to the oldest continuing cultures on earth.
Siteworks is a carbon neutral project.
[address] 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick VIC, 3056
[phone] 0427 901 170
8am - 10pm Everyday