Firestation Print Studio


Serving the community for the better part of a century (1906-1988) the Malvern Fire Station is now home to Melbourne’s only 24-hour community print studio.
The building is located in what is now a heritage precinct. When facing demolition in 1989, supporters rallied the then Malvern City Council to save it and the building was repurposed into an arts facility. It rapidly became a centre for printmaking and since 2001 has been known as the Firestation Print Studio. It comprises an exhibition gallery, a workshop with three etching presses and another with several relief and letter presses, along with several artists’ studios upstairs. It is a unique facility supporting the creative life of Stonnington and beyond.
Studio artists and members are available over the weekend to answer any questions regarding the artistic development in printmaking, from the inception and execution of artwork in the print workshop, to its presentation and display in our gallery.
There is also the opportunity to take part in a raffle with prizes including a forthcoming workshop and stunning artworks from Firestation artists.

What's On

Freely explore the gallery and its current exhibition; view demonstrations of printmaking involving etching, linocut, collagraph, and gelliplate; and participate in Letterpress and other hand printing activities. Resident artists invite you into their studios for a peak into their creative spaces.

Children’s activities

Fun supervised activities for all ages including Letterpress, Gelliplate and other printing processes.

Images: (1) Firestation Print Studio - front view. Photo: Elizabeth McDowell (2) Firestation Print Studio - main studio. Photo: Marie Watt.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 30 July + Sunday 31 July

11am - 4pm

Self-guided. No bookings required.

Age Requirements

All Ages


Partially wheelchair accessible
Accessible bathroom
Accessible parking nearby
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2 Willis Street, Armadale 3143

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