Bluestone Church Arts Space

Exterior of Bluestone Church Arts Space

The Bluestone Church Arts Space is a dedicated arts and performance facility available for hire. Featuring unique historic details, such as 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 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 known as the Wesleyan Church. Built in the late 1800s, 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 Polain in his 1888 extension which draws 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. The fret worked timber tracery apse windows in the vestry are also uncommon.


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 oven, hot water system and fridge
  • Ticket booth / kiosk
  • Toilets
  • Wall-mounted electric heaters
  • Chairs and trestle tables
  • Portable theatre blacks
  • PA System available for hire


80 people seated or 100 people standing.

Hire cost

Daily charge
Weekly charge

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 have to complete a booking form and payment. Bookings are confirmed once payment has been made.

Apply for 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.

Expressions of interest will open in September 2017.

Visit the Apply for Creative Residencies page for more information.

Looking for a venue?

Are you looking for a space to hire? Visit the Venues for Hire page or the Creative Spaces website to find the space you are looking for.