Permanent Tenancy Period
Permanent and part time tenancy is for a maximum of three (3) years; in accordance with ACE policy, designed to encourage rotation of tenancy benefits and opportunities. License agreements are offered for an initial twelve (12) month period only, with two (2) further 12 month options available at the discretion of the Licensor (Burrinja).

Permanent and part time ACE tenants have 7 day a week (7.00am – midnight) access via the tenants’ entrance with priority car parking at rear. Studios have wheelchair access via the foyer (excluding the Basement).

Casual access is available during Burrinja open hours. See the Burrinja website for most up to date information.

Pop Up studio

Are you looking for a short term studio hire?

The aerie has made one of our studios a pop up studio to cater for the following:

  • one off projects
  • emerging artists
  • quick response for fast turn around projects
  • start up arts businesses
  • short term residencies


The pop up studio is available for 1 day to 3 month depending on the project. Each project will be negotiated with Burrinja’s Cultural Development Producer.

Please submit your EOI for a pop up studio lease (found on the individual studios page).

The studios have been purpose built with light and space in mind. All studios have LED lighting, light cork finish floors, ply walls, heating and cooling (excluding Basement). All studio tenants have access to shared amenities including wifi, toilets, kitchen, social area, dedicated wash area, large shared studio space and free off street parking. Tenants can also make use of other centre facilities such as the café, arts workshop, Burrinja galleries, The Lyre Room, meeting rooms and foyer (extra fees may apply).


The aerie creative ecology is a project of Burrinja Cultural Centre.

The aerie is based at Burrinja in Upwey, in the Dandenong Ranges, approximately 1 hour east of Melbourne. The aerie was created as part of Burrinja’s 2019 major redevelopment, funded by Yarra Ranges Council and the Victorian  Government’s Growing Suburbs fund.

The intentions of ACE are to cultivate creative expression, promote creative  economies and foster creative connections. ACE is a place that aims to be:

  • a playful / creative / social / cultural space
  • accessible to all
  • inviting to a diverse community of artists
  • a hub for artists and creatives
  • a nurturing program that provides support at all levels
  • a place to connect and collaborate with other creatives

Individual studios

Studios currently available:

Studio 3 will be available from October 2021.

Studio 6 will be available from October 2021

If you would like to tour the aerie, please contact Burrinja.


Studio 1 – 12m2 enclosed independent studios with glass sliding door entry open to the foyer and high visibility to the general public. This pop-up studio is available for short term projects, residencies and quick response applications.

Studios 2 – 12m2 enclosed independent studios with glass sliding door entry open to the foyer and high visibility to the general public.

Studios 3 & 4 – 14m2 enclosed independent studios with glass sliding door entry to the foyer, high visibility to the general public and some natural light.

Studios 5, 6 & 7 – 14m2 enclosed and secluded independent studio with close proximity to dedicated wash area and extraction fans (small window in studio 7).

The Basement – 22m2 enclosed independent studio with own wet area (no natural light, ventilation, heating or cooling). Own entry, great for messy hands-on creatives or creatives that make loud noise. (Possible to be shared between two (2) artists or small collective.

Permanent tenancy fees range from $75 – $175 per week. Part time tenancy in the co-working studio (including storage cupboard) is $70 per month. Tenants will be invoiced monthly.

Want to apply?

Independent and co-working studio applications will be added here when they become available. Please complete your expression of interest form to ensure you find out first.



Desk studios

Semi partitioned desk studios (approximately 6m2) with electric sit/stand tables, comfortable office chairs and lockable draws. Great for digital, literary or illustration based creatives, creative enterprises or arts businesses. There are seven (7) desks available for a mix of full and part time tenants.

Permanent desks are $75 per week.

The Nook 

The nook is a large semi-partitioned studio (9m2) in the co-working space. A great opportunity for a creative duo/trio or for the artist that needs just a little extra space. The nook is for permanent artist(s) only.

The Nook is $90 per week.


aerie members can book casual creative working space for a full or half day during Burrinja business hours (see burrinja website for most up to date hours).

There are also lockers available.

Hot Desks

These desks are electric sit/stand desks at size UNKNOWN. Perfect for working on drawing, sketching, or working on your laptop

There are 3 hot desks available.

Making Spaces

This is a shared studio space with the flexibility to be what you need. Easels, large tables and chairs available as required. Great for painting (no smelly paints), drawing, 3d and large scale art. This space can fit up to 6 people working independently or a perfect location to work on collaborative projects. (email to enquire about booking entire space)


Casual hot desk and shared making spaces are as follows:

Half day (3hrs) – $20 (members), $45 (non-members)

Full day (6hrs) – $35 (members), $75 (non-members)

Weekly rate (up to 6 consecutive days) – $120 (members only)


If you are interested in a permanent or part time tenancy in the aerie, complete the online application form including the following information:

  • Current arts practice or creative enterprise
  • Outcomes and goals of studio use
  • References
  • Up to 10 images of your current work



aerie studios are generally suited to quiet and non-odorous forms of art, however, applications for noisy or odorous forms of art such as practices that require kilns, open flames, power tools, oil thinners and aerosol cans may be considered for the Basement Studio.
Artists must be over the age of 18 years to qualify for a studio or have at least one member of a collective as representative over 18 years.
Artists must have own public liability insurance.
After three (3) years tenancy, artists may re-apply but will not be guaranteed a lease renewal as preference will be given to previously unsupported artists.


Assessment criteria are weighted as follows:

1. Art form or creative enterprise proposal

  • Diversity of art form within the mix of existing and pending studio tenants.
  • Artistic standing of applicant and artistic merit of the proposal


  • Merit of creative enterprise proposal
  • Potential to be sustainable creatively and financially over the three year tenancy


2. Professional capacity

  • Formal training and education
  • Engagement with the local art sector
  • Exhibited or published work
  • Received awards, grants or residencies


3. Value of a studio to the development of the applicant

  • Regularity of use – Commitment to use at least 3 times per week
  • Benefit of the studio for the applicant’s professional growth
  • Applicant’s desired outcomes from three (3) year studio tenancy experience


4. Commitment to Burrinja’s vision and values

  • Willingness to participate in Burrinja programming and events
  • Willingness to engage in other local programming and events
  • Willingness to abide by the code of conduct of the Building and directions of Burrinja management


In making the final decision, we also take into account the following factors:

  • support for locally based artists and creative enterprises
  • cultural diversity
  • gender diversity
  • access for artists with disabilities
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage of applicants
  • balance of emerging and established artists
  • a mix of artforms

Want to apply?

Independent and co-working studio applications will be added here when they become available. Please complete your expression of interest form to ensure you find out first.


Seven purpose built studios for permanent tenancy


For permanent, part time and casual use


For casual use by all



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