Nicholas Building Open Studios 2011

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 26th July 2011

The Nicholas Building in Melbourne opens it’s doors this Thursday and Friday for the annual Open Studios event!

As if there wasn’t ENOUGH going on in Melbourne this week with the immense State of Design festival well underway… the much-loved Nicholas Building opens it’s doors this Thursday and Friday for their annual Open Studios event!

This unique event offers visitors a rare behind the scenes peek at the work spaces of the many local artists, designers, makers and creative businesses who inhabit one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings.  Over 40 creatives are participating this year – including artist Nicholas Jones, jewellers Vikki Kassioras, Amina McPhee and Rhiannon Smith, designer / maker Matt Thomson of Mattt Bags, and painter / printmaker Clare Whitney.

Held over two evenings, the Open Studios event really is the perfect mid-winter after work activity (combined of course with another favourite local past time – EATING OUT.  Mmmm Movida Next Door,  Izakaya Den or perhaps Cumulus if you’re feeling really posh).

You can check out the full list of participating studios on the Nicholas Building Blog!  It really is such a wonderful and uplifting showcase of the incredible creative talent in this town, and big congrats must go to Vikki Kassioras who does a stellar job of organising the event every year.  Just another wonderful reminder of Melbourne’s buzzing creative community!

Nicholas Building Open Studios 2011
Thursday 28th July and Friday 29th July, 4.00pm – 9.00pm both days
37 Swanston st, Melbourne

(Corner Flinders Lane and Swanston st. lift access via Cathedral Arcade)

ps. Sydneysiders must be feeling awfully left out this week with all these Melbourne happenings… I do apologise… Don’t fret, Sydney Design is just around the corner!

Artwork by a few of this years’ Nicholas Building Open Studios participants – printmaker Clare Whitney, jewellery by Vikki Kassioras, and the dashing  Nicholas Jones makes an appearance here TWICE in TWO DAYS.  Shocking favouritism.

The Nicholas Building in better seasonal conditions.  I guarantee no blue skies or leaves on trees this week!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 26th July 2011


  • Cathg1g2 5 years ago

    Make Nicholas Jones’ work a daily fix on TDF … no favouritism, his work is purely amazing!

  • Ella 5 years ago

    All this activity is starting to make me anxious! I haven’t even touched the MIFF guide yet. Will definitely try & squeeze the Nicholas Building.

  • lolly 5 years ago

    melbourne open house is on this weekend too if you feel like having a sticky beak at other buildings!

  • Siobhan Rogers 5 years ago

    Great Building! I was there a few weeks ago

  • Simply Phoebe 5 years ago

    Thanks for the reminder about this one Lucy. Almost passed me by amidst everything else happening this week! Sounds like the perfect excursion for Thursday before TDF live talk!

  • WDF 5 years ago

    A fine old building which I think was originally the Australian HQ of the famous Aspro Nicholas pharmaceutical empire. These days Neurofen works better, but what an architectural legacy, beautifully restored!

  • Vikki 5 years ago

    Lucy, thanks for helping spread the word.

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