Cre­ative types can con­verge

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

IN­VEN­TORS, en­trepreneurs and com­mu­nity mem­bers are all be­ing en­cour­aged to use the Vic Park MiniLab, a place that en­cour­ages cre­ative ideas.

THE Vic Park MiniLab is a space for cre­ative thinkers and com­mu­nity groups to come to­gether.

It was launched by the Enkel Col­lec­tive and the Vic Park Col­lec­tive in Septem­ber 2015, with the in­tent of ac­ti­vat­ing an unused build­ing at 874 Albany High­way, East Vic­to­ria Park.

More com­mu­nity groups are be­ing in­vited to use the fa­cil­ity and ex­per­i­ment with new ways of work­ing, learn­ing and think­ing.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park pro­vides the site through a pep­per­corn lease and the pub­lic can hire dif­fer­ent ar­eas, in­clud­ing the front yard, small meet­ing room, learn­ing space, back­yard and cowork­ing space for a nom­i­nal fee.

Enkel Col­lec­tive di­rec­tor Adam Jorlen said the idea was to house com­mu­nity groups, who would then tackle chal­lenges.

“We’ve had or­gan­i­sa­tions use the space and run labs, from so­cial en­ter­prise or­gan­i­sa­tions to men­tal health groups,” he said.

“We maybe haven’t had it used as much as we want but per­haps it’s not as clear to some peo­ple; it’s not like a bowls club that you rent out, it’s a bit more com­pli­cated.”

Mr Jorlen said col­lab­o­ra­tive spa­ces such as the Vic Park MiniLab were more pop­u­lar in his home country of Swe­den.

“There are about 20 in Perth but hun­dreds in Vic­to­ria,” he said. “The ad­van­tage is for peo­ple who work from home, they can hang out with other peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds and seek their ad­vice and gain new skills.”

Picture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d468553

Kat Wray, of the Vic Park Col­lec­tive, and Adam Jorlen, of the Enkel Art Col­lec­tive.

Picture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d468553

Kat Wray, of the Vic Park Col­lec­tive, and Adam Jorlen, of the Enkel Col­lec­tive.

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