About Visible Ink
Visible Ink Youth Hub is a free and central hub for Brisbane’s young people to explore new ideas, access resources, have a say and connect with community partners, enabling them to grow as active citizens and contribute to a better Brisbane.
Visible Ink Youth Hub provides:
spaces to rehearse, hold meetings, plan, organise and deliver projects and events and access youth networks
resources to help get your ideas off the ground and staff support to provide you with help and information
the Enterprise Program – a youth enterprise program providing support and resources to young people to help get their ideas off the ground
Art Space, Zine Library, Maker space and Media Studio.
Visible Ink is a Brisbane City Council program which offers free space, resources, and staff support to young people aged 12-25.
In 2001 Brisbane City Council developed a youth strategy to better support young people across the city. During consultation, young people said they wanted a space in a central location that was just for them where they could rehearse, host events, run workshops and develop projects free of cost. They hoped that the space would provide opportunities to collaborate, make friends and meet like-minded people that shared their passions about things that were important to them. Eventually, no matter how supportive parents were, young people knew they would outgrow their living room or garage, but they needed a safe, practical and affordable space. Meeting at coffee-shops to build a business, dancing in parklands at night or finding the cash to hire rehearsal spaces in the CBD just weren’t possible for most young people. As a result of all this feedback was the creation of Council’s youth development hub, Visible Ink.
Visible Ink opened on the corner of Constance Street and Green Square Close in 2002 in what is fondly recalled as little more than a shed. It was named by young people who thought it reflected the self-initiating attitude of it’s founding members. The concept was simple – resource young people to become more visible in what they do across Brisbane – with a vision to change the way young people were perceived by the community, engaged with the city around them, and were celebrated for their contributions. The space was a success with over 16,000 young people through the door each year. So Visible Ink had to move in 2005 to a larger facility on Berwick Street and began including more services for young people such as enterprise support for young businesses.
Every year more and more people heard about the space, and it continued to grow and grow and grow until a new space was again needed. Luckily the original site on the corner of Constance Street and Green Square Close was available, so a design for a purpose built creative-based space and an office large enough to house the whole Youth Development team was created. Visible Ink moved back to its original site in 2011, celebrating 10 years, and offering over 25,000 young people a year a safe and secure location to rehearse, meet, create, record, make, build and design anything their heart desires.
TYPES OF SUPPORT
Emerging musicians and producers can access the studio and staff support to navigate the industry and collaborate with collective creatives.
Staff can help to plan for and apply for funding including finding the right fit and planning for a strong application.
Make an appointment to discuss how to develop a startup, a not for profit, a project and setting professional goals.
Outside of the Visible Ink space, Council’s Youth Development team work across the Brisbane regions to support young people in their local area and coordinate a range of programs for youth. You can find out more about these programs on Council’s website or by having a chat with our staff.
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.
Hours of Operation
Visible Ink is open for young people, 12-25 years, to access our Zine Library, Multi Media Studio, Arts Hub and Maker Space:
Wednesday – Friday, 12pm-8pm
Saturday – 2pm – 5pm
During this time we are staffed for young people to pick up access cards and equipment, we also have staff available to support you in your project ideas, creative pursuits and emerging enterprise. You can book also book our Multi-Media Studio and 3D Printer for use during our opening hours.
Our Rehearsal Space, Meeting Room, and Multi-Use Space are available for bookings:
7-days a week, 7am-10pm
You can check availability or book a room in Spaces. Outside of our opening hours we are closed and unstaffed, so please ensure you have an access card so you can utlise the space for your bookings.
Rights and Responsibilities
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We ask that when you utilise Visible Ink you do so respectfully both as a physical space and towards other young people accessing it, as well as our staff.
When accessing Visible Ink young people have the responsibility to:
- Provide honest information about their needs and the support needed from staff,
- Respect other young people and staff’s privacy, personal space, rights, and worth,
- Accept the consequences of their actions and any decisions made,
- Not discriminate against other young people or staff on the grounds of sex, race, culture, language, religion, marital status, physical or intellectual disability, or sexual preference,
- Adhere to the principles and guidelines of Visible Ink regarding respecting the space, equipment and safety of all people within the space,
- Remember that Visible Ink is a smoking, drug and alcohol free space,
- Participate in decisions about what services, activities or the level of participation they wish to access,
- Create and/or view media content responsibly and with respect, especially using internet facilities legally,
- Express any feedback or grievances with staff clearly and calmly via email, phone or in person.
Young people accessing Visible Ink have the right to:
- Access free resources and the space, and receive assistance from staff that is supportive and flexible to their needs,
- Be respected by other young people and staff in the space,
- Not be discriminated against by other young people or staff within the space based on the grounds of sex, race, culture, language, religion, marital status, physical or intellectual disability, or sexual preference,
- Privacy and confidentiality with the ability to approve any sharing of information with other services as needed,
- Refuse any services or activities suggested by staff and are able to leave the space at any time,
- Give feedback or express any grievances calmly without it affecting their assistance received.
Visible Ink staff have a responsibility to ensure young people feel safe, included and supported within the space at all times. It can be a bit hectic sometimes, so to do this we ask that you help us out by:
- Using respectful language at all times,
- Not entering the staff office unless you have been invited in,
- Organising days or times for additional support that you might need with making or creating, so we can have the staff available to help,
- Looking after the space by cleaning up after yourself, accessing your bookings on time, and being respectful of the equipment at Visible Ink.
Spaces | Booking Form
During opening hours young people can come into the space to have a tour, utilise the Maker and Creative Spaces as well as the Copy & Destroy Zine Library. All our rooms are available to be booked between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week.
“I love Visible Ink. I can just come here and teach myself new things because I have nothing to lose.”
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. Outside of our opening hours you will need to have an access card to get into the space, details about this will be included in your booking confirmation, so please read them carefully.
Just be aware that Visible Ink isn’t staffed Sunday-Tuesday so please allow enough time for your booking to be processed if you want to access the space on those days.
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. This room has WiFi access.
The Visible Ink Music and Media Studio is a free facility providing access to professional equipment and software for people with a basic knowledge of recording and audio production. You must attend an Induction Session before booking this studio, when booking we’ll add an addition half hour Induction to the start of your session.
To book your Induction click here, tell us what you want to use the space for and we will reply with an invitation to the next Induction Session.
This Studio features professional audio and graphic design tools including:
- iMac with Pro Tools 12 and Garage Band
- Focusrite 2i2 Interface, Rode NT2A Microphone, KRK Rockit 8 Monitors
- Adobe Premier and Creative Suite for Graphic Design and Film editing
CREATIVE SPACE: 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 and coffee. It is stocked with crockery and utensils, we just ask that you clean up your mess and throw your stuff in the dishwasher.
ENTERPRISE TENANCY: We have hot desk options available for young people starting out as a part of our VI: Enterprise program. We offer young people, under the age of 25 years, a safe and central space to pursue creative or professional ventures, see our Enterprise page for more details.
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!
Availability | Booking Form
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Enterprise | Enterprise Application
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.
Enterprise Participants might pop along to some of our workshops or events run in partnership with other organisations such as EVA (Emerging Visual Artists) Workshops, QMusic Industry Connect or generationYOU Inspire.
Enterprising Young People are individuals, groups or Collectives or Copy & Destroy, who want to grow their skills and confidence through utilising Visible Ink staff knowledge, goal setting, training, and opportunities to develop skills and experience. While these young people may not need an “office space” as such, they are a part of VI: Enterprise.
Enterprise Residents 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 Residents share space with like-minded companies or individuals, be they creative, professional, or social enterprise. To become a resident an application can be made to be registered and assessed.
To be considered for a place in the VI:Enterprise program, young people need to be:
- 25 years of age and under
- Emerging or a start up
- To have a purpose
- Aiming for financial sustainability
- Require space and or resources on a regular basis
We support diverse groups of young people including people interested in Music & Production, Creative Arts, Not for Profits, and Startup’s
Developing Artist In Residence
The Developing Artist in Residence (DAIR) program is a year-long opportunity available for young and emerging artists to gain support and knowledge within visual arts to develop their practice, gain experiences and build confidence as a practitioner in Brisbane’s creative economy. This program sits within Visible Ink’s Enterprise programming.
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. 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.
In the past the Visible Ink DAIR participants have run workshop series to teach others various arts skills, curated exhibitions of their work and other young artists from around Brisbane, as well as creating commissioned works for Council for a variety of events including Valley Fiesta and projections on the William Jolly Bridge.
If you are interested in finding out more about DAIR or applying to become a resident, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or come in during our opening hours and have a chat with our Enterprise coordinator.
VISIBLE INK ARTS COLLECTIVE
Based out of Visible Ink, the Arts Collective is a social group for young people to access free resources and connect with other emerging artists across Brisbane. With activities ranging from relaxed Hangouts to specific workshops the Arts Collective is a great way to meet new people and develop your practice. The Collective aims to provide young artists with the space and materials that they require, whilst also connecting artists with each other to create together and learn from one another. You can contact the Visible Ink Arts Collective on Facebook.
Please remember the Visible Ink Art Collective is run by young people volunteering their time, not Vis Ink staff.
COPY + DESTROY
Visible Ink hosts the Copy + Destroy Zine Library, a collection of independent press covering nearly two decades of ideas from young artists and writers from across the country. It is an open access space to all young people during opening hours.
If you have never heard of a zine, welcome to a library filled with self-published limited-print independent press that covers everything from art, poetry, essays, activism, comic or stories. So come on into the space, chill out, leaf through the pages and get inspired.
COPY + DESTROY ZINE LIBRARIAN
Hosting a collection of zines from across the country and even a few international titles takes time and energy, which is why Visible Ink has a resident Librarian who can catalogue, categorise, collate, archive and maintain the titles available for the public.
So what does the Librarian do other than organise zines? Depending on your interests and knowledge you can plan and run pop-up Copy + Destroy Zine Libraries at events such as Valley Fiesta, facilitate zine making workshops across Brisbane, and coordinate the Copy + Destroy Zine Collective. In exchange, we offer our Librarian some additional perks around printing and training as a part of our Enterprise programming.
If you are interested in learning more about being the Copy + Destroy Zine Librarian for Visible Ink, just email us and we’ll have a chat.
COPY + DESTROY ZINE COLLECTIVE
So you like zines, have been making, creating and want to meet other like-minded people? You can join our Collective to chat all things zines, attend workshops, meet-ups or events. You can also use our resources to make your own, partner with us to host zine launches or anything else you can think of.
The Collective is run by volunteers interested in sharing their knowledge and ideas. It’s a shared space for local zine enthusiasts to meet and create together in a safe and inclusive environment.
Please meet our Developing Artist In Residence – Shelley Cheng
How did you hear about Visible Ink and why did you want to use our space?
I heard about Visible Ink through my friend. I thought it would be great to have access to a supportive space to specifically work on my art and personal projects.
Does this space make a difference to your work?
Having a quiet office space and access to the makers’ space helps me focus on my writing and art projects. I get too distracted at home because I don’t have any dedicated spaces for my creative practice. Being a part of DAIR has definitely helped me make more use of the space, as I’m typically at uni or work when the space is open.
What are your goals as an artist?
I hope I can make accessible art that provides visibility, comfort and solidarity to marginalised people. I think representation is really important and art can be an important tool to facilitate that.
What kind of development opportunities have you had at Visible Ink?
During Valley Fiesta in 2017, I was invited by Visible Ink to do a live painting performance in The Pod. I am currently a resident artist with the Developing Artist in Residence Program
What are you currently working on project-wise?
I am currently working on an interactive art installation about systemic racism, I want to build from my previous installation which was used as both an educational tool and a public activation. I want to talk about how racism is prejudice and power, and how it’s about function not intent. Many people get defensive when their racist behaviour is named or challenged because they don’t think they are racist or they didn’t intend to offend. The conversation often gets derailed and the person becomes defensive, plays victim or gaslights the person they caused harm to. Using a very basic example, if you accidentally stepped on someone’s foot, it’s still going to hurt that person, regardless of whether you intended to hurt them. In the same way, if you do or say something racist, it’s still racist regardless of your intentions. I want to talk about racism, fragility and the labour that marginalised people are forced to provide every single day. I think using art to start this conversation may be more accessible to many people.
What do you think of Brisbane as a creative city, what makes it unique or what could be different?
I think people don’t generally think of Brisbane as a creative city compared to places like Melbourne and Sydney. But I think there are quite a few people here doing really important and disruptive creative work both individually and collaboratively. I think the arts scene in Brisbane is quite small and cliquey, meaning access to ARIs and arts spaces is difficult for people who aren’t already ‘in’. I think there could be a lot more funding and support for the arts, which would also increase the public’s appreciation for the arts and open up more spaces for people who don’t take the typical art school route.
What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?
I initially wanted to pursue an arts education but I ended up doing a double degree in law and journalism. I chose this degree because I wanted to use my privilege and lived experience to support disadvantaged/targeted communities by providing legal support. I also wanted to develop my writing skills with a focus on accessibility. Now that I am 4 years into my degrees, I am very disillusioned about what change can actually be achieved through the legal framework and good journalism.
Where can people get in touch with you? E.g. a website / social media www.facebook.com/shelleychengartist
A QUICK CHAT: Alexander Clarke – Artistic Director of School2Stage, Enterprise tenant
Q: Tell us about School2Stage? How does it work?
School2Stage is a platform for young artists to perform in the largest venues around Queensland. Professional directors are sent into local high schools, where they work alongside the students to create and devise unique shows that are then performed on the biggest stages. School2Stage boasts an in demand program that hands all creative control over to the students. Creating a non-restrictive atmosphere is the leading factor to the success and immensity of School2Stages productions.
School2Stage is more of an idea rather than a company and values young and new works over what is existing in the industry today.
Q: School2Stage started in 2014 and has grown rapidly, has it gone in a direction you didn’t quite expect or given you an outcome different to your original plans?
I had no idea where School2Stage was heading when I started it but all I knew is I wanted to change the process of getting into the industry and I believe we have achieved that. Our goal is to grow and grow and grow until we are too big to handle it ourselves.
Q: How has becoming a VI Enterprise tenant changed your approach to managing your business?
Becoming a VI Enterprise has given us the professionalism we needed to take our business to the next level. Having an office with rehearsal spaces and our own Business consultants has launched School2Stage leaps and bounds.
Q: What have been some of the biggest learnings?
Biggest learnings… Always get information written down on paper or email, vocal confirmation is not enough. That people running the biggest companies are not to be worried about, they have just as much of an idea as you. That people will try to keep you on the normal path and those are the people you shouldn’t listen to. That you should work on what you love doing and make an impact in your chosen industry. Go hard, be a shameless self-promoter and when you tell people you are an artist say it with pride, respect and go get that artistic career!
Q: How has your background/passions/skill-set influenced the success of your work?
What keeps me motivated is knowing I am creating a platform for young artists. My background is sport and my passions are influencing change and my skill set is minimal. But what keeps me going is knowing I have accomplished and will continue to accomplish things that I have been told are not doable.
Put this together with a hard working team that has a passion for positive change in our industry and just does things without over thinking. We’re creating a healthy ecosystem of driven artists to lift an entire industry, running three events, 24 shows, with 350 young artists in 2018 alone. We’ll continue to figure it out as we go, haha!
Q: What’s next? Where do you see School2Stage heading in the next year?
School2Stage within the next 12 months will have its own Centre for young artists to get together and perform. We will continue to make our philosophy of handing all control to the young artists of Brisbane until it is adopted by all major production companies. We also have Harmony, an interactive futuristic fantasy world where magic meets science coming up as a part of Brisbane Youth Week this April, plus a season at QPAC, the Powerhouse and Judith Wight Centre during 2019.
You can apply to become a Visible Ink Enterprise participant by contacting us. #visink #theatre #enterprise
MEET OUR NEW RESIDENT ARTIST: Skyler
Each year Visible Ink offer opportunities for young and emerging artists to have space, resources and mentoring to develop their practice. The Developing Artist in Residence (DAIR) works closely with VI staff to curate exhibitions, facilitate workshops for other young people and produce their own works, showcasing them at various venues across Brisbane. With that in mind, we’d love to introduce you to Skyler Castillo: artist, dabbler, and Visible Ink’s DAIR for 2018. We asked her six quick questions about what it’s like being our Developing Artist in Residence.
Q: You’ve had a few opportunities to facilitate and connect with others as the DAIR recently, what’s it like to have this opportunity?
It’s pretty interesting so far, I’ve done some art for Visible Ink, a workshop at homeless connect and love meeting other artists in the space trying out new things.
Q: What have been some of the most interesting projects you’ve had a chance to work on as the DAIR?
My favourite project so far is 3D-printing, designing my work in fusion and being able to print them out and paint them. I’m excited to go even bigger.
Q: What are some of the opportunities that have come out of developing your practice?
I’ve been asked to do other workshops and work with new people which is usually way out of my comfort zone.
Q: How has your background in the arts influenced the success of your work?
I’ve always been doing art related things my whole life and I think that’s really given me the confidence in know what I’m doing most of the time.
Q: Is there any advice you can give for young artists in Brisbane?
Just keep doing it. Like seriously just keep doing whatever it is your doing, get practice and your art will develop on its own. Also meet up with other artists you’ll definitely be pushed to your very best.
Q: How can people get involved with the Visible Ink, the Arts Collective or accessing resources?
You can join the Arts Collective through the form at Visible Ink, I’m planning on having fortnightly art hangouts starting soon. To access any art equipment come and talk to either me or any of the staff and we can help your vision happen.
You can see what Skyler is up to on Instagram @kitten_phlegm. If you’re in and around Visible Ink feel free to say hi to Skyler, and we’ll keep you posted with not only her story but any events, exhibitions or workshops run by DAIR.
You can apply to become a Visible Ink DAIR by contacting us #visink #DAIR #enterprise #visual arts
Donny Fraser – Skater, Co-Founder, Youth Ambassador
Australian Skateboarding Community Initiative: a skateboarding group with a focus on development and opportunity for young skaters and their communities.
A QUICK CHAT: Bri Lee – Writer, Co-founder of Hot Chicks with Big Brains, Enterprise tenant
We met Bri Lee (25) last year. She appeared at the window, enthused by the prospect of free printing. Since then, she has been a consistent user of Visible Ink, patiently waiting as we work through the backlog of printing requests.
Bri is a writer, and the Founding Editor and Manager of Hot Chicks with Big Brains (HCwBB). “I started HCwBB back in 2014 as a rather niche, online-only, feminist interview series. I would go interview and photograph successful women, and my best friend Anna would turn the content into beautiful readable PDFs.”
Since then, the HCwBB entity has expanded its focus. “We launched the first copy of our print magazine in 2016, and now we’ve grown into a more flexible, inclusive online and IRL community of feminists. We have a podcast, blog, and lots of events”. These ventures have been met with growing interest – “Each print run of the magazine increases a little, and each time we sell out faster than previously. We have a new partnership with Metro Arts for our movie nights too!”
Bri and Anna have been friends since primary school, and now run the business together. Anna is the Art Director and Assistant Manager, and their roles frequently overlap and intersect. Bri’s own writing career is progressing quickly, as her first book will be published next year and she is a regular at writer’s festivals. Bri credits the motivation behind this creativity to being inspired by others. “I interview successful women all the time and every one of them I meet motivates and inspires me in different ways. I’m lucky to have my work also be the thing that inspires me to do more work”.
Being amongst a community of creatives is one of the reasons HCwBB works from Visible Ink. “It feels good to be surrounded by other people doing cool things as well…There’s a chill vibe and a nice level of trust. I just rock up and get on with things.”
Sarah Moran – Tech Geek, Co-Founder and CEO, Youth Ambassador
Girl Geek Academy: creating a lifelong community of women who love to learn tech, teaching women to launch their own tech start-ups.
Lincoln Savage – Event Producer, Founder, Youth Ambassador
Vast Yonder: producing arts and music events across Brisbane such as Junglelove, Scribble Slam and Brisbane Street Art Festival.
It's what you make of it - Some Youth Led Initiatives
Free Equipment | Booking Form
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.
We currently have the following resources available:
- Yamaha PA Stage system
- Portable/Battery PA system
- DJ Deck
- Microphones and stands
- LED Lighting system
- Studio Lighting kit
- Spotlight and stands
- DSLR Cameras with a variety of lenses
- GoPro Video Cameras (with optional helmet)
- JVC Video Camera
- Fuji Digital Stills Cameras
- White screen or Green screen backdrop with frame
NOT FOR HIRE but can be used during opening hours:
- Lino printing resources
- Free WiFi and computer workstations with 10Mb upload capacity
- Photocopier, printer and scanner
- A3 Lightbox for artwork
- Badge maker
Visible Ink has three badge makers that you’re welcome to use during our opening hours. If you’re planning on making more than a half dozen badges including large scale projects, you’ll need to supply your own badge parts. Our machines can produce three sizes – 25mm, 35mm, 57mm – for your projects. Parts can be ordered online, for an Australian supplier check Badge-A-Minit (they have all the sizes available for our machines).
We do have a few conditions: equipment loans are for one week at a time with pick up on a Friday and drop off on a Wednesday during opening hours. It does take a while to sign out our equipment, especially if you’re borrowing some of our larger systems, so please allow ample time to fill out some paperwork. If you haven’t used the equipment before, let our staff know when you book and we’ll give you some tips for how to set it up.
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Printing | Printing Request Form
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 but we give you the opportunity to experiment with your design and get print-ready to take to commercial printer.
All printing can be done from our computers and printing services at the space during our opening hours to print: 50x A4 or 25x A3 Colour, 100x A4 or 50x A3 Black and White sheets.
For special requests or large scale projects have a chat with our team about how we might be able to accommodate you in person or fill in a Printing Request and we’ll get back to you.
Printing request Form
3D Printer | Booking Form
Visible Ink have a 3D printer available for small scale projects and concept experiments. It is free to use, but be aware you do need to book to use this resource. Our staff are happy to provide you with a basic induction on how to use and clean the 3D printer before you kick off on your projects.
3D Printer Booking Form
3D Printer Booking Form
We have three badge makers – 25mm, 35mm and 57mm – in the Creative Space available for use during our opening hours. You can test out a few ideas and get a feel for the machines.
If you’re planning on making more than half a dozen badges, including large scale projects, you’ll need to supply your own badge parts. Parts for all three sizes can be ordered online. For an Australian supplier check Badge-A-Minit (they have all the sizes available for our machines).
Use our badge making tool to layout your designs and space one, two or all three sizes onto a single printable PDF.
ZINE – /zi:n/ (pronounced zeen) [noun] informal – a magazine, especially a fanzine.
If you have never heard of a zine before, they are self-published limited-print independent press that cover everything from art, poetry, essays, activism, comics or stories.
A great way to share your stories, experiences or passions, Visible Ink have everything you need to make your own zines. Chat with our staff when you swing by and they’ll help you out.
Getting started with zines
We are now open on Saturdays from 2-5pm!
Young people defining Brisbane | Get Profiled
With a passion for unpacking songwriting to be more than just structure and chord progression, Dylan Cattanach hopes to produce emotion and connection when creating new music. I’ve grown up with music. My father is in a couple of cover bands with some other friends and my uncle is a muso. Either I’ve been hearing it live… Read more »
“I love what I do and it makes me so happy to see my actors striving for their best while enjoying the full process.” Co-founder and instructor for Elsewhere Theatre Company, Tara runs the Brisbane program (they are also running out of Melbourne), which on a day-to-day level involves directing productions as well as running… Read more »
What happens when a hip-hop artist and an engineering student meet at a poetry symposium? Made up of Pastel Don and Mulan Theory, Cantalopez Collective is a shared passion for innovation across multiple genres and a dream of being able to create music for a living. We sat down with the Collective over lunch, talking… Read more »
Just 20 years old, into sketching, film and aesthetics, Skyler Castillo has become a regular fixture around Visible Ink, starting out as a volunteer at Brisbane Youth Week and going on to co-found a monthly creatives meet-up, KISVIS. Her passion for creation, motivation to learn, and open, friendly approach to collaboration make working alongside Skyler… Read more »
KB Theory are a Brisbane-based indie band blending pop-rock to create catchy melodies and bursts of pop with fun lyrics that have become a part of their signature sound. Dylan Cattanach, songwriter and lead vocalist chatted with us about their upcoming projects, getting started, and influences. Dylan met the band’s bassist, Campbell Harris, at Music… Read more »
Found Fashion – a guide to second-hand shopping in Brissie – is a bright and quirky zine. Creator, Nikki started the project because they are passionate about bringing inclusive thinking into fashion and wearable art. “Expressing yourself through your outfit shouldn’t be more difficult because of your looks or your budget.” Why did you choose to… Read more »
Located on the Brunswick Street Mall emerging artists will activate The POD with Visible Ink support on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July during the winter school holidays. Showcasing the best of Brisbane’s young musicians and performers this is a free event. We’d like you to meet some of the awesome talent gracing the stage… Read more »
As a part of Visible Ink’s Enterprise program, we support young and emerging visual artists to scale their work to suit large sites and submit an Expression of Interest. This year five young artists worked with Jugglers and Brightsiders to submit their EOI to Brisbane Canvas. They were successful in their designs being incorporated over… Read more »
We’d like to introduce you to the artists that have turned out some amazing designs during this program, including Lisa Tran Kelly, a multi-disciplinary artist who utilises mediums such as pencil, ink, acrylics, oils and gold-leaf. As a part of Visible Ink’s Enterprise program, we support young and emerging visual artists to scale their work to… Read more »
As a part of Visible Ink’s Enterprise program, we support young and emerging visual artists to scale their work to suit large sites and submit an Expression of Interest. This year five young artists worked with Jugglers and Brightsiders to submit their EOI to Brisbane Canvas. They were successful in their designs being incorporated over… Read more »
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.
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Youth Week at Visible Ink
Brisbane Youth Week is an annual celebration and showcase of young people from 12-25 years of age. It provides opportunities for young people to share ideas, attend live events, workshops, activities and forums. Youth Week celebrates the contribution of young people to the community.
In 2019, Youth Week saw 9000 people attend more than 100 activities and events across Brisbane. Activities included DIY workshops, panel discussions, skate deck painting, Queeriosity event and all-ages music events. Physical activities included skate and scooter competitions, pool parties, K-Pop dance event and a soccer tournament.
Get involved in Youth Week 2020
The next Youth Week will run from 1-9 April 2020 and there are lots of ways to get involved.
If you are between 12-25 years, you can email the Youth Week team to find out how to:
get involved in the Youth Management Team
facilitate at future events
perform at future events.