Brought to you by Tortuga Studios, the aerie is a long-held dream. For the last eight years, Tortuga, arguably one of the inner west’s most active artist-run warehouse studio spaces, has longed for access to the vaulted beams of Number 31 Princes Highway, the upstairs to its downstairs.
With a wholly industrial aesthetic, cradled beneath a saw-toothed roof and vaulted beams, the aerie has been established as a collaborative and affordable creative space for artists, creatives, start-ups and SMEs.
With over 430 square metres of light-filled studio space, large common areas, short-term desk space/ hot desks and uncontended fast Wi-Fi (50Mbps), the aerie is born to channel rampant creativity, inspiration seeping from every rusted pipe and peeling truss, from leafy inner-city views and the pulsing arts scene that is St Peters.
the aerie is supported by a well-established arts community, a community that cares about keeping the creative bent of the inner west alive and well. In this little slice of St Peters inspiration seeps from the cracks, collaboration runs deeps and an old history bleeds freely into a future of possibilities that rich in potential.
Directors H Morgan-Harris and Cameron Stanton have been involved in collaborative artist warehouse space for over 15 years. Directly involved at Mekanarky, a 35-strong artist-run space located in the old Streets Ice Cream factory in Turella until the end, both went on to establish Tortuga Studios (in collaboration with Ed Horne) in 2008. the aerie is the latest poster child for collaborative creative space, and they are joined for this venture by Stewart Rimes, a co-working creative involved in other leading co-working spaces The Works and Create or Die.