New ACMI X desks offered to University of Melbourne creatives

Image of ACMI X co-working space with people working at desks.
ACMI X co-workspace.

The University of Melbourne is pleased to announce the second round of successful applicants to the pioneering ACMI X co-working space in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct.

In 2016 the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) established ACMI X, a state-of-the-art, 2000-square-metre, 60-seat co-working space in Southbank which enables greater collaboration, innovation and industry connections for creative practitioners and researchers working with the moving image in fields such as filmmaking, digital production, web development, visual art and design.

The University has committed to a significant industry partnership with ACMI X.

This includes the funding of six shared desks in the co-working space for current students and recent graduates, five for research students and recent graduates from the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and one for research students and recent graduates from the Faculty of Arts.

Faculty of Arts graduate Emma Roberts and Faculty of VCA & MCM and Faculty of Arts PhD Candidate Ben Andrews have been working at ACMI X since 2016 on a number of virtual reality (VR) projects.

Ms Roberts said her passion lay in supporting and enabling new creative work.

“In a nascent medium such as VR, the residency at ACMI X is allowing us to explore and experiment in this exciting medium,” Ms Roberts said. “The space has allowed us to connect with a bunch of creators in similar fields.”

VCA Head of Film and Television Nicolette Freeman said she was delighted with the partnership.

“ACMI X is an ideal parallel workspace for our scholarly community to develop their creative practice and, in particular, to develop new creative partnerships within the broader ACMI X community," Ms Freeman said.

"We look forward to the future realisation of the many great projects enabled by the partnership.”

Media and Communications lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication Bjorn Nansen expressed similar enthusiasm, noting that: “ACMI X offers a space of potential in which networks of creative workers and social researchers could converge and mingle to produce new formations of productivity and insight.”

The following creatives and researchers have been offered a 12-month residency at ACMI X:

  • Malcolm Bloedel (Film and Television, Documentary)
  • Marleena Forward (Film and Television, Documentary)
  • Jack Keele Wedde (BFA Screenwriting)
  • Jack Rule (BFA Screenwriting)
  • Quinn Hogan (BFA Screenwriting)
  • Brianna Nixon (BFA Screenwriting)
  • Brodie Marchant (BFA Screenwriting)
  • Meegan May (Master of Screenwriting)
  • Charmaine Peters (BFA Screenwriting)
  • Nikki Tran (Master of Producing)
  • Simon Trevorrow (Master of Film and Television)
  • Michael Bentham (PhD, Film and Television)
  • Simon Bowland (Master of Production)
  • Shontelle Fisher (BFA Honours, Film and Television, Screenwriting)
  • Emilie Walsh (Visual Arts)
  • Thomas Schmocker (Dance)
  • Rohan Schwartz (Visual Arts)
  • Sarah Pass (Master of Producing)
  • Emma Roberts (B.Arts Film Production)
  • Ben Andrews (PhD Film and Television)
  • Donna Hensler (PhD Film and Television)
  • Tara Lomax (Screen studies)
  • Andrew O’Keefe (VCA and FoA)
  • Alexa Scarlata (Screen studies)
  • Natalia Grincheva (Transforming Technologies Research Unit)
  • Stephanie Hannon (Media and Communications)
  • Robbie Fordyce (Media and Communications).