Monster Popup Plant Sale @ The V

Oops. Been a while since we posted. The entire AFL off-season to be exact. Anyway, pic below from the night before a mega-popup plant sale in Studio V last Saturday.  The guys are holding another one this coming Saturday. They make the space look like a beautiful little jungle. It gets frantic pretty early – first customers arriving at 8am, winding up around 4pm.

Plant Sale 2-1

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Bulldogs Have Their Day

It was an amazing week, swept along in Grand Final fever. To cope with the stress of the Bulldogs upcoming first decider in 55 years, we went to Thursday morning’s open training session at Whitten Oval, tuned in to Thursday night’s GF Footy Show, attended Friday morning’s city-stopping parade, and finally an AFL dinner with a thousand others Friday night. Kate Ceberano, John Stevens and Ross Wilson put in excellent performances sharing the stage with radio & football personalities. At last, the nerves had abated. But it didn’t last, waking the following morning to a bout of shocking game-day anxiety.

We arrived early at The G to witness pre-game entertainment by Vance Joy, Living End and Sting. Then the game kicked off in a blur of adrenaline at 2:30pm. By half time, nerves were utterly frayed, Sydney 2 points ahead. No side took ascendancy til the last 10 minutes, when the Bulldogs slotted a couple of game-icing goals to run out winners by 22 points after a kick on the final siren. It was their first Premiership victory in 62 years. Tears of joy and relief flowed, thousands of Doggies fans in shock (99,981 in attendance). A big night ensued, followed by Sunday morning back at Whitten Oval – 30 thousand delirious supporters singing and cheering.

And just like that, another AFL season closes, the gravity of what just happened yet to truly sink in.

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Those Incredible Bulldogs

I’ve held back on posting the past month – our beloved Western Bulldogs have defied all expectations & risen to this final moment of 2016’s AFL season. After 55 years in the wilderness, they’ll line up against Sydney in this Saturday’s Grand Final. A thing we thought we might never see. Out of my mind this week, can barely concentrate on the basics of existence. Feels surreal. At Whitten Oval this morning, the boys trained to a crowd of around ten thousand, chanting, singing, cheering. One guy who’d painted his car red, white & blue, circled the car park to cheering onlookers. The West is painted those colours this week. Flags & scarves adorning cars, balloons & streamers on porches, in windows. By Saturday evening we’ll know. Those gutsy young Dogs have just one more question to answer.

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Pop Up Exhibition @ The V

Hosted our first art exhibition at Studio V last week. Ada & Georgina put a fantastic installation together, starting early Friday morning, opening doors to the public at 4pm, closing late. It was a wild mix of visual art, painting & sculpture. Really made great use of, and totally suited, the space.

Popup What Exhibit

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International Wall Art 208 – Studio V

Studio V booked solid all week, except Monday. Worked perfectly for street art guys to paint the front wall (smell of paint wafting through the venue). Few days before, this world traveling couple (below) put out an open Facebook invitation for one last piece of art before leaving the country. Max replied & they arrived in the afternoon with the last of their spray paint. Hailing from London, they’ve been on a working holiday traveling Australia for the past year. From here it’s off to Bali then Japan. Many thanks Rory & Lana from – looks fantastic.

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Front wall art in progress at 208 Johnston St – Studio V.

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Stage & Screen

Interesting week at the V, next week. Photo shoots, acting classes & one night a group comes in for screen classes, where actors film each other. If the space works OK, they’ll do it weekly. The space is starting to fill with regular bookings – which seem to be naturally be forming into daytime slots til 6pm & evening slots from 7 til late. We’re still being surprised by the kind of usage that happens. Stuff we hadn’t thought of when we started in November.

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Music video shoot November 2015 at Studio V.

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Brilliant Jake Bugg

From Jake Bugg’s 2013 album Shangri La, smashing this song today –

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Auditions At The V, Film Shoot

Auditions held in Studio V over the weekend. This time the production crew utilised Nest Bar next door where actors gathered, filled out paperwork & availed themselves of a nerve-settling beverage or two before entering the venue space.

Had a couple of film production guys come through earlier today. They’d initially wanted to use Studio V, but it wasn’t quite what they were after. Took them upstairs to the residential part of the building. They were really happy with the old wall textures & windows. Looks like they’ll be booking some time in June to shoot film here.


Still working on venue plans…

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Acting @ The V

Acting lessons & workshops booked in Studio V over the next few months. First one starts tonight as a drop-in class til 9:30, running fortnightly til March. Another group coming in weekly through April & May.

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Working on plans for the live venue (currently Studio V). Been going on a while now. Get there eventually.

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Photo Shoot @ The V

Photo shoot for a local musician in Studio V today, kicking off in the afternoon.

Had a crack at this 90’s gem yesterday, sitting in the beer garden with acoustic guitar…

This week – working on plans for the venue & remainder of works needed for the building.

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