Rubato Upstairs, in partnership with Business Moreland, is pleased to announce that two local creative entrepreneurs – Allara Briggs Pattison and Mirella Marie – have each been awarded a six-month residency at Brunswick’s newest solar-powered co-working space.
Designed to help nurture the City of Moreland’s reputation as a hub for emerging creative enterprise, the residency program is hosted by Rubato Upstairs and provides access to two dedicated desks in a contemporary, purpose-built workspace, which has been created with the assistance of the Sustainable Melbourne fund.
Yorta Yorta woman, musician, filmmaker, and Wayapa Wuurrk practitioner Allara Briggs Pattison is thrilled to be participating in the residency program.
“For a long time now, I’ve dreamt of having a dedicated space that allows me to work alongside and be inspired by other creative practitioners,” said Allara. “I love sharing my passion for the Yorta Yorta community and this co-working space offers great potential for collaboration.”
With a flourishing solo music career, Allara was awarded the First Peoples Emerging Artist Fellowship on International Women's Day 2019. She’s also working on the documentary Beautiful Sunshine which focuses on her journey to connect with her identity, family and culture.
Developing a new business called Nyini Woka, workshops, which are designed to create space
for cultural, spiritual and environmental healing on a global scale.
Founder and creative director of Melbourne-based design studio Vertigo, Mirella Marie is an advocate for women working in the graphic design industry. Alongside her internationally recognised design studio, which boasts clients such as RMIT University, Sea Shepherd Australia, Moreland City Council, and the World Wildlife Fund, Mirella runs Womentor, a global mentorship program for women in graphic design.
“There are many excellent mentoring programs available to students, graduates, and junior designers but not much support is offered to women working in senior design roles,” said Mirella. “Being able to run this mentoring program alongside Vertigo, from a co-working space that places emphasis on creative thought and leadership, is really invaluable to me.”
Located on Breese Street, Rubato Upstairs is home to a growing community of dynamic individuals workings across the creative industries in sectors including classical music, journalism, theatre and technology. The co-working space offers 28 desks and welcomes inspections by appointment. It also has the added bonus of being located above Brunswick’s first live classical music venue, Tempo Rubato, which hosts performances on weekends.