NRCG Ignite Studios Website 2023 Creative Studio Spaces Studio 3 Feature 1320 x 480

  • Creative Studio #3 - Photographer Ben Wyeth  Studio Space #1 (lockable secure space)

  • Studio Space #2 (lockable secure space)

STUDIO SPACES | Currently Accepting Applications for Studio 2

The two airy studio spaces (floor plan reference - Studios #1 and Studio #2) utilise the original residential living areas of the beautifully restored and heritage listed former Ballina Fire Station. Each studio space is 14 m2, fully secure with lockable doors, 24 hours access and air conditioner/heater. Studios are available on a six or twelve month lease to independent creative practitioners from all disciplines, including but not limited to design, visual arts, digital media, photography, performance, film, music, writers, and independant creative industry such as architects, arts administrators, curators, and film. Practitioners from Ballina Shire, Northern Rivers and across NSW are welcome to apply.

For more information or to enquire about applying contact NRCG's Creative Programs Producer on 02 6686 1217 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Studio tenancies are available on a six or twelve month lease.

To be considered for future studio spaces when they become available complete an application and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The subsidised creative studio spaces at Ignite Studios are designed to encourage co-working and an open platform for professional development and opportunity. Providing greater access to shared creative space in the Northern Rivers region, Ignite Studios aims to support and nurture innovative arts and creative industry through:

  • provision of subsidised workspaces
  • enabling creative projects and/or creative start-ups
  • networking with arts influencers, local communities and peers through NRCG annual program
  • building a hub for creative industry and ideas

The two creative spaces pertaining to this application are designated as Studio #1 and Studio #2. Refer floor plan for facility layout.


  • Empty space with basic lighting/power outlets and picture rails
    for hanging of artworks
  • All outgoings incl. electricity/water*
  • Outdoor cold water wash basin area
  • Private lockable studio spaces
  • 24 hour access
  • Air conditioning (studios 1 and 4 only)
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Wireless internet access (when available)
  • Cross promotion in NRCG online marketing (when applicable)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Professional development and networking opportunities through the annual NRCG program and other special events.
  • Ability to sell products thorugh NRCG Shop (subject to a 33% consignment commission)
  • Standard Waste Collection and grounds maintenance
  • 6 or 12 month lease period with option to renew
  • Ample street parking

Conditional Inclusions

  • A kitchenette (Note: only available if the residential AiR space is not in use).
  • Wireless internet is installed for Gallery programs and residents artists can utilise free of charge when available. (Note: this is a courtesy and not included in the lease agreement)
  • Renters can utilise additional spaces, ‘The Engine Room’ and
    ‘The Locker Room’ to run workshops or special projects for an additional fee. (Note: standard workshop space hire fees are applicable)

* exception for high power consumption equipment such as kilns. Usage would be metered and charged at an additional cost based on monthly usage.



Studio rental is paid monthly in advance by Direct Debit from a nominated bank account set-up at time of signing the agreement. A security deposit of 4 weeks rent will be required. 

Studio artists can access ‘The Locker Room’ and ‘The Engine Room’ for an additional fee when available.

Studio # Area (floor) Size Weekly Rental (2024/25)
Studio 1 14m2 3.6 x 4 Metres  $130 inc. gst
Studio 2 14m2 3.6 x 4 Metres  $130 inc. gst

Note: Fees are subject to annual review by Ballina Shire Council



Studio tenants will be issued with a Studio Agreement governing all aspects of their access to the Ignite Studios facilities. Due to the heritage of the building, access and use will be in accordance with certain prescribed conditions for example drilling into, modifying or fixing on to the walls is prohibited. In addition to these conditions, the general terms of the agreement will include the following.

  • The Renter will indemnify and keep indemnified Ballina Shire Council (and NRCG), its officers, agents and contractors against all liability for death or injury to persons or loss of or damage to property (including property of BSC and NRCG) and all actions, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses which may be suffered or sustained pursuant to their Studio Rental Agreement. This indemnity will also apply to any persons and property that is on site at Ignite Studios or NRCG as a consequence of the actions of the Renter either pursuant to or in breach of the conditions of their Studio Agreement.
  • Renters are required to have their own Public Liability insurance with cover to the value of $20 million.
  • The Renter agrees to comply with all necessary workplace health and safety laws and regulations.
  • Access is available 24/7. Standard residential noise restrictions apply after 10pm seven days a week. 
  • Creative Studio Spaces are not open to the general public except for open days or special events specified and organised by NRCG.
  • Renters are responsible for ensuring the premises are fully secure on leaving the facility, managing waste collection and for keeping their studio clean and tidy at all times.
  • Renters are to work within their nominated studio unless an alternative arrangement has been made with NRCG management.
  • Studios cannot be utilized for industrial or semi-industrial creative processes, retail sales outlet, public events or unlicensed alcohol sales.

 Spaces are open to:

  • Creative practitioners from all creative industries, including but not limited to design, visual arts, digital media, photography, performance, film, music and writers.
  • Small independant creative industry (such as film, design, music, architecture, arts administrators, curators etc)
  • Creative practioners from all career-stages
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or above


Final selections will be made balancing a mix of art forms, career stage and studio experience within the facility, in order to encourage diversity and a vibrant creative hub encouraging dialogue, exchange and innovation.

  • Quality of work or projects and originality of ideas.
  • Value of a studio to the development of the practitioner/s.
  • Suitability of art form for a studio space.
  • Commitment of time to using the studio.

For further information or to view the spaces contact Ella Millard, Creative Programs Producer by phone on 02 6681 0530  or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Completing this Application does not obligate you to accept a studio and it also does not guarantee that you will be offered a studio. Applicants for studios may be required to attend an interview as part of the assessment of their application.

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