Sandbox Studios

Sandbox Studios is a small group of art studios, gallery, international artist residency and workshop space, with a focus on facilitating a creative and social space.

One of our studio spaces is sponsored on a yearly basis by our patron Peter Day.

The studio hosts a range of creative workshops and classes for all skill levels. Come and learn alongside the artists in a working studio environment. Workshops will be led by professional artists and include old favourites like life drawing, but also intensives that focus on specialised techniques and mediums.

The studios are located near Brunswick train station, there is ample off street car and bicycle parking.

The mission of Sandbox Studios is to cultivate a social space that provides a small number of affordable artist studios and hosts an international artist residency, with a focus on professional fine arts practice.

By artists > for artists


Good studio space situated close to where you live in Melbourne is hard to find. Sandbox has affordable studio space, somewhere you can leave your stuff set up, with a supportive group of likeminded people.

International Artist Residency

To regularly host interstate and international artists as caretakers and contributors to the Sandbox social culture.


Encouraging relationships between patrons and artists, and cultivating an ideal platform for patrons and art lovers to contribute directly to an artist's day to day practice.


A space for artists to experiment, document and show new work.


The art workshops will give artists the opportunity to share their skills and earn some money.


The Board

Sue Beyer
Visual artist/Director of Sandbox

Sue is a  professional visual artist who recently completed a MFA at the VCA in Melbourne. Past experience includes working as a graphic designer in the advertising industry in Sydney and then running my own design company for 10 years, prior to studying for my second degree in Fine Art. In 2008, Sue was also a founding member of Northern Brisbane Rollers, a not-for-profit co-op still going strong after 10 years.

Some recent achievements include a TED talk in Brisbane in 2014, being awarded the NGV Women's Association Award in 2018 and the acquirement of a new work by Artbank in 2019.


Peter Day
Business consultant/Director of Sandbox

Peter has over 35 years experience in Business Consulting to corporate, government and Not For Profit and sectors. Peter has experience at both senior executive and board level. He has had major success in assisting organisations to realise their strategic directions. Peter has a Masters of Strategy from Monash and holds numerous accreditations and certifications across both Business and ICT areas.

• Peter has held the following Senior Executive Roles:
• Marketing and Sales Director (Telstra)
• CIO Hansen Technologies
• CIO Australian Red Cross Society
• General Manager Telstra
• CEO Sentric
• Chief Enterprise Architect Manningham City Council
• Director Eastern Region Mental Health Association
• Director Pregnancy Loss Australia
• Director Community Sentric

Peter has a passion for the arts and is a sponsor/member of many organisations including: 45 downstairs, Launceston Art Society (LAS), Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (ADFAS), QVMag Tasmania, National Gallery Victoria (NGV).

With an extensive background in business Peter will bring his skill around Governance and Risk, Financial Management and Business strategy

Louise Blyton
Visual artist/Small business owner

Louise was born in Melbourne and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT University in 1988. She has exhibited widely in numerous group exhibitions and has also curated group shows. She has had over 17 solo exhibitions, has lived and worked in France and England and held Residency at Redgate Studio in Beijing, China, Point B studio Williamsburg NYC USA, and Factory 49 Pop Up in Paris France. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, England, France, Portugal, China and the USA.

Louise is also the owner of St Luke Artist Colourmen who are purveyors of hand selected Artists Materials. St Luke specialises in professional paint, raw materials and custom stretching.


Claire Bridge
Visual artist/Business and Life Coach

Claire Bridge is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Melbourne, currently undertaking a Masters in Contemporary art at VCA, University of Melbourne. With a sustained focus on painting, an expertise in figurative realism, Bridge also works across photography, immersive video and sound installations and has an expanded practice in sculptural ceramics and performance. Her interests lay in the intersections between art, science, queer ecology, metaphysics and feminism.

Claire Bridge has been a finalist on multiple occasions in the world’s richest portrait prize, the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and a finalist in the prestigious Sulman Prize at the AGNSW. She has received numerous awards including the Living Art Award and People’s Choice for the Stan And Maureen Duke, Gold Coast Art Prize, a Silver Medal in the Black Swan Prize, People’s Choice in the Portia Geach and Shirley Hannan Portrait Awards and was winner of the inaugural Linden Award.

Her work is held in public and private collections including Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, the Honorary Consulate of Monaco in Australia and collections across Australia and New Zealand, New York, San Francisco, Washington, London and Europe.

From 2011 to 2018, Claire held the role as a cultural ambassador as the Visual Arts Advisor to the American Australian Association, providing funding, grants and supporting artists and cultural exchange between the two countries.

Claire is an experienced Business and Life Coach, trained with the Neuroleadership Institute, and has hands on expertise in small to medium business with a focus on the arts, health and wellbeing. A former Co-owner and Instructor of a hugely successful martial arts school, Claire grew the business from a bare breakeven to a flourishing turnover of over a million dollars per annum and with 1000+ students training every week.

Claire is passionate about equality and is Founder and Editor of Art World Women, providing a platform to champion female and non-binary identifying artists. Art World Women profiles and showcases the art, projects and stories of women who shape the art world.


Kate Hendry
Educator/Visual Artist

Kate Hendry is a sculptor and educator who has been exhibiting regularly in Australia over the past 15 years. She is a senior public servant with the Department of Education and Training, Victoria working in Inclusive Education. Prior to this she worked as a secondary art teacher and tutor.

Kate has experience working within a range of art galleries and institutions working with established collections and temporary exhibitions in university art galleries and artist run spaces . This experience includes installing exhibitions, working with exhibiting artists, accessioning and curatorial work. Kate is a passionate educator.

In her varied roles she has developed educational gallery guides, programs, teaching and learning guidance and resources, and designed curriculum for primary, secondary and tertiary students.

BA Asian Studies - Japanese
BA Fine Arts – Sculpture
Masters of Teaching

Filomena Coppola
Visual artist/Art instructor/Bookkeeper

Filomena Coppola was born in the regional Victorian town of Mildura to Italian immigrant parents. Her work is concerned with issues, of migration, language, connection to place, the role of the feminine and the environment as experience through the filter of a child of migration during The White Australia Policy.

Filomena Coppola completed her MFA at the University of Tasmania, Hobart in 1995. She has exhibited widely and has been included in several drawing exhibitions including the JADA, Robert Jacks, City of Banyule and Hutchins Drawing Prizes. She has been the recipient of Arts Victoria Development Grant in 2013 and Regional Arts Victoria Project Funding in 2012, Her work is represented in collections including Artbank, Parliament House Collection Canberra, University of Tasmania Launceston and Hobart, Mornington Peninsula Gallery, The Hutchins School, and Banyule City Council.

David Coles

With a lifetime spent working within the world of colour, David Coles is one of the world’s leading experts on its creation and application. As the founder of Langridge Artist Colours he has maintained a lasting involvement with practicing artists from across the globe.

Published by Thames & Hudson, his publication "Chromatopia, an Illustrated history of colour” has broadened the public’s awareness of art’s significance. He has been an invited lecturer and guest speaker for the last 25 years. His knowledge on colour, from both an artistic, scientific and historical perspective has seen him speak at institutions around the world.

David's belief in the importance of the creative impulse has driven his passion as an advocate for the arts and welcomes the opportunity to serve as a board member of Sandbox Studios

See this recent article on the ABC website
Chromatopia published by Thames and Hudson

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