Bluestone Church Arts Space


The Bluestone Church Arts Space is a dedicated arts and performance venue available for hire. Featuring unique historic details including a rose window at the front of the building, timber ceilings and stained glass windows in the vestry, the Bluestone Church has been carefully refurbished to accommodate a wide range of functionality.

The Bluestone Church Arts Space is only available for hire for the following purposes:

  • Creative workshops
  • Rehearsals
  • Residencies
  • Performances
  • Exhibitions
  • Festivals
  • Artist development
  • Presentations, awards and panel discussions related to the arts
  • Other artistic and cultural events


The Bluestone Church Arts Space is located at 8A Hyde Street, Footscray 3011.


The Bluestone Church Arts Space was originally a Wesleyan Church. First constructed in 1869, the church has long served as a social gathering place and contributed towards Footscray’s civic precinct. The church gains its distinction from unusual attributes believed to be the design of local architect Charles James Polain in his 1888 extension, which draws mainly on medieval styles. The main nave window is large and circular and set within a giant pointed brick architrave. A similar architrave surrounds the door, and the bands of red brick taken across the gabled end, and the fret worked timber tracery apse windows in the vestry are quite uncommon. The building is included in the local heritage overlay and considered a significant building.


Offering a large open floor space with wooden floors totalling 251 square metres (including storage areas and amenities), the Bluestone Church Arts Space has been described by past users as versatile, unique and creatively inspiring. It can accommodate 80 people seated or 100 people standing, and features:

  • Small internal kitchen with electric stove and under bench fridge
  • Ticket booth / kiosk area
  • Accessible toilet
  • Wall-mounted heaters
  • Chairs and trestle tables
  • Portable theatre drape system
  • PA System available for hire


80 people seated or 100 people standing.

Hire costs

Use / Group

Half Day (up to 4hrs)

Full Day (up to 8hrs)

Long Call (8+hrs)


Community (unfunded not-for-profit)





Community subsidised (funded not-for-profit)





Creative businesses/ Full rate





PA system hire





Other tech hire






All hirers are required to pay a refundable $200 security bond in addition to the relevant hire fees and are required to provide evidence of Public Liability Insurance to the value of no less than $10million.

Additional fees apply for equipment hire. All users must agree to the Terms and Conditions of Use, which are outlined in the Venue Hire Form.

Enquire now

If you are interested in hiring the Bluestone Church Arts Space, contact the Arts Officer via email or call 03 9688 0200.

You will need to provide some information about what your event or activity involves, how you would like to use the space, and what date/s and time/s you are interested in. Inspections of the building are welcome!

Only once plans and dates are agreed will you be required to complete a booking form and make payments. Bookings are confirmed once payment has been made.

Apply for a residency

Artists, performers and writers can apply for creative residencies at Footscray’s Artsbox and Bluestone Church Arts Space. The short-term residencies (up to eight weeks) provide you with the space to create new work, test and explore ideas, and develop your arts practice. Artists of all genres and mediums are welcome to apply. There is no requirement for you to be a resident of the City of Maribyrnong.

For more information on the Bluestone Church Arts Space Creative Development Residency Program click here. We also support performance seasons at the venue by local artists with free venue hire as part of Midsumma and Melbourne Fringe.