Studio 188 - Old Baptist Church

7th of November 2014

Redevelopment of the old Baptist Church into a contemporary arts space culminated in the official launch under a new 'Studio 188' moniker in September 2012.


Redevelopment of the old Baptist Church into a contemporary arts space culminated in the official launch under a new 'Studio 188' moniker in September 2012.

Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee Chair, Councillor Charlie Pisasale said the development of Studio 188 ensured community members could continue to enjoy the beauty of the building while engaging in activites that brought new life in to the space.

"With state-of-the-art performance equipment and a recording booth,the space is available for use by the broader community, with a focus on youth engagement," Cr Pisasale said."There's been strong interest in the venue already." Cr Pisasale said $15,000 has been allocated to Council's budget to develop performances and activities for new and emerging artists.

This funding comes after Council secured $1.5 million from the Federal Government to refurbish the church in preparation for its future as a facility suitable for a diverse range of community cultural activites.

Cr Pisasale said Studio 188 was selected as the new name of the venue because it captures the creative nature of the 188 Brisbane Street space in combination with its street number. It was developed in consultation with community stakeholders, including members of Council's Youth Advisory Council.

"Rendering and an Art Deco façade was applied to the church in 1938 and this design has been captured in the logo to recognise and connect with the appearance of the building," he said.

Studio 188 was launched on 26 September in an event featuring young people's performances and a showcase of the venue's lighting, sound and other technical capabilities. 

Planning and Development Committee Chair, Councillor Paul Tully said this was a shining example of how Council can work with members of the development industry to deliver positive outcomes for the community.

The venue was transferred to Council as part of the development approval for the McDonald's restaurant on the remainder of the site."

Council has worked very hard with the developers and the community to ensure the creation of this great facility. Everyone involved in the development of Studio 188 should be congratulated," Cr Tully said.