Melbourne is currently undergoing one of the biggest public transport transformations in history - with the construction of the Metro Tunnel. This future focused project is exciting and much needed and will keep Melbourne's status as one of the most liveable cities in the world on track. However a danger looms in it's wake - the destruction of one of Australia's most unique art spaces; Sticky Institute.
The Sticky Institute is a non-profit zine space that contributes so much to the city from it's little underground hideaway shop in Campbell Arcade, in the Flinders Street subway. The same arcade that is to be destroyed to allow for a connective underground tunnel. It sells and promotes zines made locally, it hosts events that encourage the art of writing and art making, it provides a safe space for Queer and non conforming minorities, it is a beacon for Melbourne. It is as Melbourne as laneways and coffee. It also helps contribute to our cities UNESCO City of Literature status. This would be a great loss to Melbourne and demonstrate an erosion of our 'Melbourneness'.
On a personal level Sticky has provided me with the confidence and outlet to start making art again. The past few years of zine making have given me a focus and connected me to new people. It's gotten me out of depressive and low points and it's given me identity. I cannot thank the facilitators, volunteers and owners enough for this. There yearly Zine Fair event means a lot to me and to a lot of people I know and the loss of this arts and cultural institution would be devastating and damaging.
Melbourne is about the innovative, it's about new and old merging and mixing and overlapping. Keeping Sticky and redeveloping plans around the Campbells Arcade would be a commitment to these values that so many in the city hold dear. Save Sticky to save Melbourne. Save Sticky to save our UNESCO City of Literature status. Save Sticky to save zines!
What can you do?
You can submit feedback to the Metro Tunnel Authority! Here's a step by step guide to helping save Sticky:
2. Click 'Next.'
3. Fill in your details.
4. Click if you'd like your name not published then click 'Next.'
5. Click CBD South then click 'Architectural Design'. (or any other category you see fit)
6. Leave your feedback!
Here are some points to consider when leaving feedback. These are taken from the Sticky Institutes campaign.
- MetroTunnel are arguing that the demolition of existing shops in Campbell Arcade as a 'trade off' for the refurbishment of the rest of the subway constitutes a "positive heritage outcome". We do not agree. While we would absolutely welcome certain improvements to the arcade -- installing wheelchair access, for example -- we believe that removing a large section of heritage-listed public space cannot possibly be justified as an effective way of preserving it.
- The current proposal includes the removal of properties in Campbell Arcade that have a heritage legacy. This includes, for example, the 'A Touch of Paris' hairdressers, one of the last few remaining examples of post-war retail design in the city.
- Removing the premises for Sticky Institute would mean removing a volunteer-run space where rent has been subsidised specifically to help the growth of arts and literature in the heart of the city. It is the headquarters for an annual zine fair which looks to host around 300 individual emerging artists and writers at Melbourne Town Hall in 2018, attracting visitors from across the world to the city centre. For Sticky Institute to find an equivalent size of premises nearby in the CBD, we would need to pay a rate of rent which is far beyond our means. Removing the resources to support emerging artists and writers in a CBD location would go against the values of a city with UNESCO City of Literature status.
- The proposed plans for CBD South involve moving ticket barriers further down Campbell Arcade, so that any remaining shops in the subway could only be accessed by myki holders. We believe that a heritage-listed retail strip should be accessible without the requirement to pay for entry.
- Previous plans for a connecting tunnel between Port Phillip Arcade and Campbell Arcade have shown a direct route that avoids the shops in Campbell Arcade altogether. We believe that the removal of heritage retail spaces in Campbell Arcade is therefore unnecessary, and can be avoided without halting the progress of the MetroTunnel project.
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