Visible Ink is a Brisbane City Council program which offers free space, equipment, and staff support to young people aged 12-25. Visible Ink provides spaces to meet for organised activities, resources to help get your ideas off the ground, and staff support to provide you with help and information. Our aim is to assist young people to be enterprising, get visible, and stay informed.
Where is Visible Ink
We are located in Fortitude Valley, a short walk from the train station, on the corner of Constance St and Green Square Close. We recommend people use public transport to get to the space, as there is limited street parking, but paid parking is available at the Valley Metro. If you are picking up or dropping off cumbersome equipment, call ahead to see if our loading bay is free.
We share the building with other services including Open Doors, supporting young members of the LGBTI community, Hart 4000 – a homelessness connect service, and the Maida Lilley Community Center, who provide additional community space for hire. We also invite young people to work from our offices.
What is the space used for?
In the past the Visible Ink space has been used for a wide variety of free projects and programs, including: Training, Workshops, Networking functions, Meetings, Arts projects, Planning sessions, Forums, Debates, Events, Performances, Exhibitions, Rehearsals, Zine making. However, we encourage you to be creative and use the space for any suitable purpose.
Hours of Operation
The Visible Ink reception is open four days a week (Wednesday 12pm-5pm, Thursday – Friday 12pm-8pm & Saturday 9am-12pm), for collection of access cards for booked rooms, borrowing equipment, using the Zine/Maker Space for zine, print and badge making materials and our Art Space for your creative studio projects, no appointment necessary.
Staff are on site Monday-Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday-Friday 9am-8pm and Saturday 9am-12pm, although appointments are necessary outside of reception times. The Visible Ink Meeting Space, Multi Space & Rehearsal Space are available to book seven days a week from 6am-10pm. Bookings made outside of Monday-Friday 9am-5pm require an access card to enter the building.
Rights and Responsibilities
Young people accessing the Visible Ink space have the right to fair, equal, and inclusive access. Visible Ink users have the right to be respected and to be heard when they are in the space.
Young people using the space also have the responsibility to respect to one another, and to respect the space. Respecting the space means cleaning up after yourself and remembering that Visible Ink is a smoking, drug and alcohol free space.
If there is anything you need…
If you have any questions or queries for us, please just let us know and we’ll work with you to find an answer. Also if you have any awesome stories, promotional videos or photos from your events after using our space, we’d love to hear about it and all the amazing things you have been up to.
“It was an unforgettable and extraordinary experience getting to actually experience what its like to be a Kpop idol and we were fortunate enough to dance in front of a crowd of 25,000 people on the competition night!”
Meet Madeline Price, long-term Visible Ink user, law AND arts student, UQ student ambassador, Vice President of Gender and Sexuality at UQ, avid rock climber, traveller, waterskiier, and generally a swell gal.
Alana first dropped into Visible Ink in 2015, joining her sister and collaborator in the creative project The Wildfolk Collective. Since then her infectious personality has become a regular fixture around the space and this year Alana pulled out her camera to help us document Brisbane Youth Week festivities.
IBIS are collective of young artists, illustrators, writers and zine makers who encourage creativity, positivity, sharing and community in Brisbane.
COPY & DESTROY is Visible Ink’s zine library, a collection covering a decade of young ideas from across the country. It is open access to all young people during opening hours, come chill out and leaf through the pages and get inspired. You can also connect with the amazing people in the Copy & Destroy Zine Collective to attend workshops, meet-ups and events, or use our resources in the Maker Space to create your own!
Getting started with zines
Badge Maker App
Wanting to come in and use our badge maker? Use our badge making tool to layout your badges and export to a PDF.
Are you doing inspiring things around Brisbane, or are you part of a group that’s going to take on the world? At Visible Ink we meet many dedicated, motivated and active young people who work hard to achieve some pretty massive goals. Tell us about your project so that we can help spread the word.
The VI: Enterprise program offers young people, under the age of 25 years, a safe and central space to pursue creative or professional ventures. There are a whole range of options available for building knowledge, skills and confidence through workshops, networks, mentors, advisors and industry support.
Council’s VI: Enterprise is committed to strengthening pathways and partnerships to other co-working, creative spaces to support young people’s projects and ideas. This program sits in a unique part of the start-up and enterprise ecosystem. It is a free and neutral program for young people with emerging ideas looking to develop confidence and knowledge that delivers on Council’s 2031 Vision for a Smart and Prosperous City.
Applying a range of opportunities and resources from Council, private partnerships and community organisations VI: Enterprise engages young people to facilitate, showcase and produce a range of events, workshops, and experiences around Brisbane.
The VI: Enterprise program is designed with three levels of engagement: Enterprise Attendees, Enterprising Young People, and Enterprise Tenants. This provides an opportunity for young people to identify the most suitable pathway for them, allowing support to emerging, grassroots participants as well as those young people that are more established. The levels of engagement are all connected and flexible in their delivery, allowing appropriate pathways across various platforms for young people to engage with.
Enterprising Young People are individuals, groups or Collectives such as KISVIS or Copy & Destroy, who want to grow their skills and confidence through utilising Visible Ink staff knowledge, skill-shots, training, and paid experience. While these young people may not need an “office space” as such, they are a part of VI: Enterprise.
Enterprise Tenants receive the additional support of having access to a hot desk space. The offices located in the Visible Ink Youth Hub are a collaborative co-working environment, where Tenants are grouped with like-minded companies or individuals, be they creative, professional, or social enterprise. Before becoming a tenant space is offered on a negotiated timeframe with a signed contract outlining Visible Ink’s Enterprise expectations and tenants obligations. Each contract is developed based on the young person/company and how they can best give back by raising the profile of young people in Brisbane.
To be considered for a place in the VI:Enterprise program, young people need to be:
25 years of age and under
Have a clear idea of the venture
Be committed in working with others to grow ideas
Be interested in changing Brisbane for the better
Complete the enterprise application and meet with Visible Ink staff
We currently have capacity to support young people in Music & Production, Creative Arts and The Basics of stepping into the world of start-ups.
It's what you make of it - Some Youth Led Initiatives
Sober Bob – sometimes known as Anne – is a young Brisbane creative, dabbling in various forms of design and independent media circulation. She runs her own design business, built off the back of a history of freelancing in IT.
An animator, illustrator and human girl, Maeve spends her time creating and communicating visually. She loves getting her hands dirty experimenting with new mediums and collaborating with others. http://maevebkr.com/
Hot Chicks with Big Brains
Hot Chicks with Big Brains started out late 2014 as a rather niche, online-only interview series and is now a bi-annual print publication that is moving to quarterly in 2018. The publication primarily facilitates and publishes conversations with, about, and between women that focus on work. It also includes a Featured Artist as well as photo-essays, art work and body-positive photo-shoots. http://hotchickswithbigbrains.com/
One Woman Project
The One Woman Project is a youth-lead, registered non-for-profit organisation focused upon education about and advocacy promoting gender equality. https://www.onewomanproject.org/
Artists run collective who put together a small press zine, embracing creativity and everyday observations of Brisbane life.
Want to document an awesome project or capture your performance on film but don’t have the gear you need to do it… Just use ours! Visible Ink has a range of equipment to support young people to start their own business ventures and creative projects.
Our swag of goodies is available to hire for a week at a time, all you have to do to check out the availability is send us an email or use this form and we’ll book some gear for you! Visible Ink offers free equipment on a weekly basis to young people and groups to complete their projects including FREE WiFi
We currently have the following resources available:
LED Lighting System
GoPro Video Cameras
Not for hire, but can be used during opening hours:
Badge maker Visible Ink has a badge maker that you’re welcome to use during our opening hours (Wednesday to Friday, 12pm-5pm). If you’re planning a project, you’ll need to supply your own badge parts. Our machine can produce two sizes – 35mm and 57mm – for your projects. Parts can be ordered online, for an Australian supplier check Badge-A-Minit (they have both the 35mm and 57mm available).
iMac with Adobe Creative Cloud
Screen Printing resources
Internet and multimedia computer workstations with 10 Mbit upload capacity
During opening hours young people can come into the space to have a tour, utilise the Maker Space, Copy & Destroy Zine Library and Arts Hub. All our rooms are available to be booked between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week. Bookings for Rooms and Equipment are taken through online booking forms, but if you have any questions feel free to have a chat with us.
REHEARSAL SPACE: A 50 metre square multi-purpose space that has a timber floor, full length curtains, floor to ceiling mirrors for rehearsals. The room is also fully air-conditioned with access to a projector, screen, sound system and free WiFi. Suitable to seat up to 65 people with a small stage.
MULTI SPACE: A dual purpose rehearsal and meeting space with timber floors, a mirrored wall and good natural light (or complete darkness via blinds). This room can seat 20 people at foldaway tables and also has a projector, sound system, whiteboard and free WiFi access.
MEETING ROOM: Suitable for small group meetings or activities, fits 8 comfortably but could take as many as 12. This room has a whiteboard and WiFi access.
ARTS HUB: Stocked with visual arts supplies from paint to pastel to plaster, this space is available during Visible Ink’s opening hours for you to come along and be creative. Anything made in the space is yours to take home, and it’s all free. We also host an Arts Collective – check out their Facebook page for upcoming events, workshops or meet-ups.
MAKER SPACE: Visible Ink provides free internet, computers and printing services for young people during our opening hours. We have a lot of young and emerging bands, zinesters and groups working on festivals, events and rallies that hang out in the Maker Space. It’s a great place to connect with other creatives and get inspired.
BREAKOUT SPACE/KITCHEN: We have an awesome lounge and kitchen area to chill out and relax in with free tea, coffee and milo. It is stocked with crockery and utensils, we just ask that you clean up your mess and throw your stuff in the dishwasher.
COURTYARD: Our outdoor area is a nice place to relax, have some lunch and catch the breeze.
COPY & DESTROY ZINE LIBRARY: The zine library showcases our collection of zines, from current and past zine makers. We also have an archive of zines spanning the past decade, if you wanna have a blast from the past. Come in and have a browse!
MULTI-MEDIA LAB: The studio has professional audio and graphic design tools including an iMac with Pro Tools 12 and the Adobe Creative Suite for Graphic Design and Film editing. We also have pre- and post- production facilities for music producers, musicians, demo recordings, podcasting and mixing. Email us for a detailed list of our equipment and booking availability.
If you’ve got something to say or show, chances are you’ll need a way to get the word out. Visible Ink has facilities for limited run printing in colour and black & white.
Visible Ink is here to support young people to get their projects up, so if you’re publicising an event with posters or pamphlets, publishing a small press zine or putting a design onto a badge for your bands merch table, we can help get the ideas onto paper.
We’re obviously not running a print shop, so limitations apply (small runs of 50 colour A4 sized sheets or 25 colour A3), but we give you the opportunity to experiment with your design and get print-ready to take to commercial printer.
You can also access computers with design and publishing software, or even get into some traditional print making with our lino cut and screen-printing equipment.
Industry Connect brings music industry professionals from around Australia together to support anyone interested in building a sustainable career in the industry. The program is designed for emerging artists and music industry workers to develop relationships, knowledge and the opportunities to succeed.
Visible Ink’s Enterprise program is partnering with Q-Music to support young and emerging artists, bands and producers to attend Industry Connect throughout 2018. Check out Industry Connect to keep update on the upcoming events, and swing by Visible Ink for a chat (or email us) if you have any questions about getting involved.
The QUBE Effect is a music program that provides live performance and promotional and development opportunities for emerging and professional Brisbane musicians. Twenty-four musical groups, including soloists, duos and bands, will be shortlisted by an industry panel and provided the opportunity to nurture their talent as musicians over a six-month program. The program includes video clip filming, industry networking, live performances, management workshops, prizes and more. The QUBE Effect live performances on 7 and 14 April are presented as part of Brisbane Youth Week 2018.
Imagine if you received a toolbox, one which would not only help you secure the job you really want, but also be awesome at it! We’re not just talking about technical knowledge (you probably have that already), but the additional traits, attitudes and skills which will help you to stand out of the crowd. That skills toolbox is generationYOU.
genYOU Inspire is a series of short free events that bring together local legends with a single goal – to help Brisbane’s young people unleash their potential at work and in life! Come along to one or all of these events –
March 1: How to create a CV and Cover Letter for maximum impact.
April 11: Learn to network like a pro.
June 6: Enterprise skills – what they are and why you need them.
August 7: Building an outstanding personal brand.
October 10: How to ensure your career is on the right track.
Are you an emerging artist under 25? Would you like to develop your skills to progress your career in the creative industries? Visible Ink is partnering with Jugglers Art Space and Brightsiders to support young people in the development of their practice through a series of workshops until 18 January. Visit the Facebook page for more details. #visual arts#workshop
Thinking of spending this holiday season at Vis Ink? We’d love to have you!
We will be staffed and open on reduced hours between Wednesday 27 and Saturday 30 December for you to work on your projects, grab equipment and access cards.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12pm-5pm
Please be aware that there are limited bookings available during the holiday period, so book your rehearsals early. We are closed Christmas Day 25th, Boxing Day 26th and New Year’s Eve 31st December and will not be accepting bookings on these days. #visink
Get involved in Brisbane Youth Week from 6 – 15 April, the annual celebration of young people from 12-25 years of age. Brisbane Youth Week provides opportunities for young people to share ideas, have their voices heard on issues of concern to them, attend live events and celebrate their contribution to the community.