One of our first memories of Minus18 was waiting nervously at Richmond station for crew members to pick us up as a group to walk to the Minus18 Atrium. The big open space held many events for young people between 2015-2017, such as movie days, craft days and speed friendships and was also a place for monthly crew meetings. Well friends - that’s about to change!
After months of looking we’ve found our new home and we’re super excited to share it with you! The Knowledge Market in Docklands is a local, modern, and accessible place for everyone to gather for our social events and workshops.
Knowledge Market is super easy to get to. Catch the 11 or 48 tram towards Docklands to the end of the line (Victoria Harbour) and walk 50 metres around the corner. If you’re coming for an event our friendly crew will wait at the tram stop to point you in the right direction. It’s also in the Free Tram Zone and 3 minutes from Southern Cross Station.
What We Love About The Space
It’s completely accessible! It’s a flat, concrete surface and open plan area, equipped with gender neutral/accessible bathrooms and automatic doors making it easier and more practical for anyone to enjoy our events.
We can now hold up to 250 people! - This means bigger and even more exciting youth events.
We have a huge grass area and playground opposite the main doors! Perfect for picnics, outdoor events, hanging out with your friends, or running off those first event nerves.
It’s a creative space. It displays and encourages creativity from the Melbourne community, and invites you to contribute through an open piano in the main space, free for anyone to learn and play on and a wall of sketchbooks for you to to add a bit of yourself to the space; design or create anything of your interest on the pages, sign your name on the cover and place it back on the shelf for others to enjoy - a great way to share your work or leave a nice message for someone to discover.
The book exchange <3 Need a quiet moment to yourself, or just looking for something new to read? The Knowledge Market has a cosy corner complete with bean bags, cushions and a book exchange system - take a book, leave a book and share all your favourite stories! (We’re also next door to the Docklands library).
New technology! In our new home we have a projector, perfect for bigger and more cinema-esque movie days.
As always, this is a space for all LGBTI+ youth in Melbourne to be themselves, and feel at home. We’ve finished moving in, and can’t wait to see you there!
Need a hand?
Navigating Melbourne can be a bit tricky - especially if you’re from rural or regional areas. If you have any questions about the new space (or anything at all!) feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t wait to see you at our new home.
The Knowledge Market is a shared venue provided kindly by Space Agency <3