Colourful new life for Freo building
THE 1897 McDonald-Smith Building is getting a new lease of life with the opening of the Level Up Studio.
One of the creative directors, Aidan Garnett said they were looking for a new space and when they realised the building was vacant, they went for it.
“It was the perfect mix between spacious and dilapidation,” he said.
“It has a classic charm to it, the street is amazing, the architecture down here really inspired us.
“The idea of making the west end of Freo a creative hub has been floated and now we’ve moved in, it’s taken another leap forward.”
Fellow creative director Jackson Harvey said they want to turn it into a co-working space for all artists.
“We wanted a space that was independently run by artists for artists,” he said.
The studio will open with an exhibition featuring the works of well known names in the Australian and international street art landscape including Amok Island, Straker, Ayres and Yok & Sheryo.
Part proceeds from artwork sales will go towards children’s cancer research charity CanTeen.