ACMI X unveils first occupants of co-working space

26 July, 2016 by Staff Writer



The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has announced the foundation members of its creative co-working space, ACMI X.

ACMI X joins the offices of ACMI’s operational teams and the Melbourne HQ of the National Film and Sound Archive with individuals and organisations working in the creative industries.

The 60 seat, 2000sqm co-working studio in Melbourne’s Southbank aims to foster collaboration and experimentation, and provide professional development through an events program.

ACMI director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick said ACMI X was actively supporting the next generation of creative industry professionals by sharing resources and knowledge with the sector.

“We warmly welcome our new co-workers to the ACMI X studio. We are delighted with the spread of disciplines from digital agencies to virtual reality filmmakers and festivals to funding agencies – truly a dynamic set of organisations and individuals.”

As well as offering spaces to a variety of cross-disciplinary practitioners, ACMI has put aside a desk for Art House resident artists, to be rotated throughout the year, as well as six desks for RMIT postgraduate students and researchers in the fields of design, animation, games and digital media.

“We welcome RMIT University to the community and look forward to their students and researchers benefiting from the industry immersion and professional development events we have in store for our members,” said Sedgwick.

Dean of the RMIT’s School of Media and Communication Professor Martyn Hook said the partnership between ACMI X and RMIT would provide “a compelling range of opportunities.”

“The two organisations will enable art and design academics, creative practitioners and industry partners to participate in workshops, industry events and presentations. The collaboration between RMIT and ACMI X will bring together digital innovators to forge new ideas and explore leading edge technologies in this exciting, emergent field,” said Hook.  

Copyright Agency Cultural Fund has also sponsored a residency for a year for Chinese-Australian scriptwriter, director and producer, Cher Coad.

ACMI X is currently seeking expressions of interest for the 12 remaining long-term co-working spaces.

The studio has also created an industry membership program that enables casual access to ACMI X and its associated events and networking program.

ACMI X has partnered with Media Lab Melbourne, Web Directions, The Arcade, Lean Filmmaking, KJR Consulting and Experimenta to present a program of events for members to enhance their practice and meet industry professionals.

ACMI X Foundation members:

Alan Dickson – Yukfoo Animation
Andre Lima – Inkubator
Andrea Heffernan – The Funding Network
Andrew Maccoll – LDB
Aphids and Field Theory – and
Ben Laden – Little Big Shots
Cameron Macmillan – Freeform Creative 
Dan Koerner – Sandpit 
Duncan Imberger – Deeper Richer
Greg Turner – Interaction Consortium
Katy Morrison and Oscar Raby – VRTOV
Piers Mussared – Jumpgate VR
Simon Burgin – Responsve 
Valleyarm Digital
Art House
Copyright Agency Cultural Fund