Lightspace http://lightspace.net.au/blog WAREHOUSE VENUE AND WORK STUDIO IN BRISBANE'S FORTITUDE VALLEY Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:29:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The McClymonts http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/07/11/the-mcclymonts/ http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/07/11/the-mcclymonts/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:29:15 +0000 http://lightspace.net.au/blog/?p=3728 The McClymonts balcony session at Lightspace Australia’s best country-music band The McClymonts play an acoustic version of their track “Blood Is Thicker Than Water” on the balcony Lightspace Brisbane. Very cool…

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The McClymonts balcony session at Lightspace

Australia’s best country-music band The McClymonts play an acoustic version of their track “Blood Is Thicker Than Water” on the balcony Lightspace Brisbane. Very cool…

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Game of Rhones http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/06/05/game-rhones/ http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/06/05/game-rhones/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:05:06 +0000 http://lightspace.net.au/blog/?p=3720 Game of Rhones is back this Sunday June 8! Tickets are $50 each and include a Riedel Ouveture Magnum wine glass, not to mention the tasting experience with over 100 wines. Yes, 100 wines! Food will be available to purchase on the day, and by food, we mean full animals cooked on the spit and […]

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Game of Rhones is back this Sunday June 8!

Tickets are $50 each and include a Riedel Ouveture Magnum wine glass, not to mention the tasting experience with over 100 wines. Yes, 100 wines!

Food will be available to purchase on the day, and by food, we mean full animals cooked on the spit and broken down for your carnal pleasure.

As for the dress code, we’re going to go with casual, unless you’re into fancy dress.

This event sold out quickly last year so be sure to grab your tickets before they sell out.

http://www.bottleshopconcepts.com/gameofrhones/

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African Fashion Show! http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/05/23/african-fashion-show/ http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/05/23/african-fashion-show/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 00:32:20 +0000 http://lightspace.net.au/blog/?p=3710 Love fashion? Wanna experience a night of entertainment, vibrant colours, amazing new designs and tap into to Africa? Well come along to the African Fashion Show and support up coming designers (Orla Dee and more). Come along and Satisfy your thirst for fashion. DON’T MISS OUT! Tickets here… https://www.stickytickets.com.au/16948/african_fashion_show_.aspx

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Love fashion? Wanna experience a night of entertainment, vibrant colours, amazing new designs and tap into to Africa? Well come along to the African Fashion Show and support up coming designers (Orla Dee and more).
Come along and Satisfy your thirst for fashion. DON’T MISS OUT!

Tickets here… https://www.stickytickets.com.au/16948/african_fashion_show_.aspx

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Star Wars Pop-Up Wedding @ Lightspace http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/03/20/star-wars-pop-up-wedding-lightspace/ http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/03/20/star-wars-pop-up-wedding-lightspace/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:28:08 +0000 http://lightspace.net.au/blog/?p=3677 Yes, you read this post correctly.  On May 4th we will host a Star Wars themed pop-up wedding! When: May the Fourth, 2014 from 9am onwards (couples book a one hour slot to get married in) Where: Lightspace Why: Get married with less stress, no guests, all the gun! Who: Danielle from White+White is organising […]

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Yes, you read this post correctly.  On May 4th we will host a Star Wars themed pop-up wedding!

When: May the Fourth, 2014 from 9am onwards (couples book a one hour slot to get married in)
Where: Lightspace
Why: Get married with less stress, no guests, all the gun!
Who: Danielle from White+White is organising it all, Josh from Jessie Dains is photographing the weddings, couples are welcome to choose me as their celebrant plus we’re inviting a few friends from outside the building to help put it on.
Registration cut-off date: April 3rd!

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Lightspace Studios Tenant Profile: Jessie Dains http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/03/03/lightspace-studios-tenant-profile-jessie-dains/ http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/03/03/lightspace-studios-tenant-profile-jessie-dains/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 05:29:35 +0000 http://lightspace.net.au/blog/?p=3674 Are you tying the knot soon and still don’t have an incredible photographer to capture that special moment? Well you’re in luck because the very talented Jessie Dains is awaiting your call. They’re also handily located upstairs in the Lightspace Brisbane Studios. Just look at this beautiful image! It could be you… http://jessiedains.com

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Are you tying the knot soon and still don’t have an incredible photographer to capture that special moment? Well you’re in luck because the very talented Jessie Dains is awaiting your call. They’re also handily located upstairs in the Lightspace Brisbane Studios. Just look at this beautiful image! It could be you…

http://jessiedains.com

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Upcoming Your Core Light Jewellery Workshop http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/03/03/upcoming-your-core-light-jewellery-workshop/ http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/03/03/upcoming-your-core-light-jewellery-workshop/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 01:31:07 +0000 http://lightspace.net.au/blog/?p=3670 What you receive: - 1 YCL Jewels SKY ANCHOR Bracelet that you have intuitively created, suited to your life, current desires & visions. - A choice of an extensive array of different crystals, sizes, shapes & cuts, plus spacing beads & discs. - 1 YCL Muslin Cloth Bag to keep it in. - Organic bottled […]

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What you receive:
- 1 YCL Jewels SKY ANCHOR Bracelet that you have intuitively created, suited to your life, current desires & visions.
- A choice of an extensive array of different crystals, sizes, shapes & cuts, plus spacing beads & discs.
- 1 YCL Muslin Cloth Bag to keep it in.
- Organic bottled juice from Living Juice Co.
- Organic food from Yumm Box
- A guided mediation to get you relaxed & in tune with yourself, led by Fabienne.
- An overview of crystal meanings, metaphysical properties & how to use them in your daily life.
- Fabienne will guide you in making a SKY ANCHOR Bracelet.
- There will also be ample opportunity to chat to Fabienne about which crystals would be best for you, bracelet formation & any other budding questions you may have.
- YCL Pop Up Stall where you can see & gift yourself with the latest YCL Jewels collection.

Tickets Available Here: https://ycl.eventbrite.com.au/

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Dawn is Mine Featured in The Brisbane News http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/02/21/dawn-mine-featured-the-brisbane-news/ http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/02/21/dawn-mine-featured-the-brisbane-news/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:00:09 +0000 http://lightspace.net.au/blog/?p=3666 Studio tenant and all around incredible designer Dawn is Mine was featured in this week’s edition of The Brisbane News. Their work is already beautiful but will look even more so on you! Check it out here… http://www.moltenstore.com/categories.php?category=Dawn-is-Mine

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Studio tenant and all around incredible designer Dawn is Mine was featured in this week’s edition of The Brisbane News. Their work is already beautiful but will look even more so on you! Check it out here… http://www.moltenstore.com/categories.php?category=Dawn-is-Mine

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The Lightspace Story http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/02/11/the-lightspace-story/ http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/02/11/the-lightspace-story/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:22:11 +0000 http://lightspace.net.au/blog/?p=3663 Ever wondered how Lightspace came to be? Now you can read all about it in this Map Magazine article… http://theweekendedition.com.au/mapmagazine/john-macdonald/ A city’s architecture often contributes as much to its culture as the residents who dwell within it. Community gathering places, artistic performance spaces, restaurants and cafes all provide the forum for creative interaction, cultivating a […]

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Ever wondered how Lightspace came to be? Now you can read all about it in this Map Magazine article… http://theweekendedition.com.au/mapmagazine/john-macdonald/

A city’s architecture often contributes as much to its culture as the residents who dwell within it. Community gathering places, artistic performance spaces, restaurants and cafes all provide the forum for creative interaction, cultivating a city’s culture and character. John Macdonald, 39, has long known the importance of a great space in fostering a sense of community. Six years ago he opened Lightspace – a boutique event and exhibition venue and coworking space housed in an old Fortitude Valley warehouse. Having now become a favoured gathering place for the local creative community, Lightspace is well on its way to becoming a Brisbane institution.

John Macdonald spent much of his childhood milling around the workroom of his family’s clothing alterations business, Doree, which was perched on the corner of the heritage building that once stood in place of QueensPlaza.

The charm of that beautiful old building was never lost on John, even as a child. “People in Brisbane remember climbing up the rickety old stairs there and my grandmother would be waiting at the top,” he says. “She ended up working in the business for 55 years, which is pretty incredible.” The view from the workroom looked down over Queen Street and John recalls climbing out onto the corrugated-iron awning for the city’s best view of Anzac Day and returning-Olympian parades. He also remembers his family being the very last tenants to vacate prior to the building’s demolition. “The rest of the building was kind of derelict and spooky, but we were there until the bitter end,” he says.

As the eldest son, John was always destined to play a role in the family business, but, following university, he decided first to set off to see the world. Almost six years ticked by while he attempted to satiate his wanderlust. Much of his time was spent fulfilling the Australian rite of passage, living in London – where he worked in bars and clubs and occasionally ran warehouse parties in Brick Lane – followed by a stint in Barcelona.

Upon finally returning from his travels, John resumed his post at Doree, while also nourishing his brain with a post-graduate degree in philosophy. Then, about seven years ago, John received what he says was a wake-up call. His father had a stroke, meaning John had to take over the running of the family business and all its properties.

Prior to Brisbane’s real estate boom, his father had purchased several warehouses around the Fortitude Valley area. When the downstairs of one of them – which housed a smash repair garage – came to the end of its lease, John saw an opportunity. Inspired by the warehouse parties he’d helped organise in London, as well as shared coworking spaces he’d seen while living in Barcelona, he dreamed of creating a similar space in Brisbane.

“It was just this amazing space,” he says of the old warehouse. “There were these incredible character features like iron girders and timber floors. Initially I just thought it would be a great space for a warehouse party, but then the idea kind of evolved from there.”

When the downstairs tenants moved out, John set about renovating the warehouse into a venue space. A few months later when the printing company upstairs gave its notice to leave, he began converting the upstairs into shared coworking studios. “I think I was kind of naive in the beginning starting out,” he admits of his grand plan. “But if you do something with passion, it usually works out well.”

The usual challenges of financing, council approval and starting a business from scratch popped up along the way, but they only strengthened John’s resolve to succeed. “You start a business and you don’t have any customers and nobody knows about you – it’s kind of an ‘oh my god’ moment where you realise that you’ve got to make this thing work. And a lot of blood, sweat and tears later, it’s turned into way more than I ever could have envisaged.”

These days Lightspace’s spacious downstairs dwelling plays host to many of Brisbane’s most creative events, while upstairs is home to exciting young entrepreneurs nurturing their fledgling businesses to success. “All of our tenants have become great friends and we’ve even had a couple meet and now they’ve had a baby,” he says of the small community that has grown under the Lightspace roof. “It’s just a fantastic atmosphere upstairs in the studios. It’s really about creating atmosphere in these sorts of spaces. Without the right mix of people and a great space, the magic doesn’t really happen.”

On why he’s so passionate about cultivating a community spirit, John says he’s just one of many doing their part. “It’s about fostering a creative culture in Brisbane, and we all have to contribute to that. It’s a bit of a collective effort. I want Brisbane to be an interesting place to live in. I’ve lived in London and Barcelona and seen the incredible character and charm and creative buzz in these places, but Brisbane has also come so far in the past 20 years that it’s an almost unrecognisable transformation. That’s a beautiful thing to see and there’s a fantastic culture here already that is buzzing, but there’s always more that can happen.”

With one of Brisbane’s heritage buildings woven into his own family history, there’s little wonder that John was inspired to head up a recent campaign to save the 100-year-old Bonded Stores building on Margaret Street from demolition to build a new dog park. John and a team of volunteers rallied passionately behind the cause, petitioning the council to recognise the importance of the ageing architectural beauties to Brisbane’s cultural character. Despite the fact that the demolition is likely to still go ahead, John is buoyed by the passionate community who helped support the cause.

“I believe every citizen has a right, and a personal duty, to help shape their city in a positive manner,” he says. “Owners come and go, and in the meantime they’re only custodians of buildings. It’s great to make a profit, but we should also preserve the city’s character for future generations, otherwise Brisbane will become just another concrete jungle. Old buildings have a special quality, a uniqueness, a certain charm that cannot be replicated. Hopefully more developers in the future will embrace these precious buildings as incredible assets and not hindrances.”

John’s determination is testament to the influence of his parents, who he says are still his biggest inspiration. “My parents really inspire me. They work hard, and they’ve worked hard all their lives – and they’re also just really nice people.”

He also finds his inspiration travelling as much as possible – despite a dislike for flying – and losing himself in a good book. Happily, he borrows his life philosophy from one of his favourite authors, Henry Miller. “The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware –joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

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Lightspace Studio Tenant Profile- Studio 18a http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/02/03/lightspace-studio-tenant-profile-studio-18a/ http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/02/03/lightspace-studio-tenant-profile-studio-18a/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 03:25:28 +0000 http://lightspace.net.au/blog/?p=3658 Do you need a corporate film? Then Lachy from Studio 18a is your man. He’ll go to any lengths to get the best shot, as proven by this image. He also filmed the Lightspace video which looks pretty darn amazing if we do say so ourselves. Check out more of his work here… http://18a.com.au/

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Do you need a corporate film? Then Lachy from Studio 18a is your man. He’ll go to any lengths to get the best shot, as proven by this image. He also filmed the Lightspace video which looks pretty darn amazing if we do say so ourselves. Check out more of his work here… http://18a.com.au/

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Film Shoot in the Warehouse http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/01/30/film-shoot-warehouse/ http://lightspace.net.au/blog/2014/01/30/film-shoot-warehouse/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:14:48 +0000 http://lightspace.net.au/blog/?p=3653 It’s always special when royalty comes to visit. Here’s ‘The King’ Wally Lewis filming a commercial for studio tenants Binge Advertising + Design in the venue. Excitement!

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It’s always special when royalty comes to visit. Here’s ‘The King’ Wally Lewis filming a commercial for studio tenants Binge Advertising + Design in the venue. Excitement!

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