About InPlace

InPlace is an NFP arts and cultural organisation engaging artists, researchers and organisations from multiple disciplines through a flexible residency model. InPlace affords artists access to sites of cultural, social and environmental significance for research, collaboration, production and presentation. Artists are provided with the time, place and space to develop projects which have the capacity to influence the national conversation around the critical issues we face today, and into the future.

Bpangerang Elder Aunty Betty Cherry performs a Welcome to Country. Photo: Eugene Howard

Our Vision

Artists, writers and researchers are able to access sites of cultural, social and environmental significance for the research and production of new work.


Lemon-Scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora) gracing the grounds of the Boorhaman Primary School. Photo: Eugene Howard

Our Purpose

The purposes of the organisation are “Fostering arts and culture, and caring for, preserving and protecting Australian heritage, through artist-in-residence programs”.


We do this by establishing places and programs which create meaningful experiences that connect artists, researchers and organisations with places of significance. What InPlace does makes a difference:

  • Making Victoria more creative and vibrant
  • Nurturing arts and culture in rural and regional places
  • Making the arts more accessible
  • Co-commissioning and co-presenting works of local, national and international significance
  • Providing Victorian hubs for Australian artists and organisations seeking high quality residency opportunities
  • Bringing artists and communities together across generations, cultural and socioeconomic divides
  • Preserving and renewing the legacy of the Post War arts, crafts and architectural movements in Melbourne’s Northern interface region
  • Working directly with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung to support cultural activities
  • Leveraging innovative partnerships to enrich the cultural sector

Our Values


InPlace champions bold risk-taking and challenges dominant narratives. We nurture expansive thinking and approaches to the creation of art and social change. We listen deeply and cultivate respectful conversation and cultural exchange of ideas.


Heritage Preservation

We uphold that the best form of preservation is inhabitation. Through a live-in artist in residency model, coupled with acting in a caretaker role ourselves, we endeavour to not only afford access to sites of cultural heritage, but preserve them as well.



InPlace’s operations span multiple aspects of environmental and business sustainability to ensure long-term viability as a community cultural asset.


Care and Custodianship

Two interconnected core values which guide our strategic vision, care and custodianship, are central to InPlace’s approach: from the places we inhabit to the communities we engage with.



InPlace employs best-practice community arts and cultural development methodologies. We maintain a spirit of collaboration with our communities, artists and partners. We aim to gently lead the arts sector by employing this best-practice methodology as an arts venue that serves as a model for others to emulate.

Senior Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin AO, delivering a speech and a Welcome to Country for InPlace’s inaugural event at the new Garambi Baan/Laughing Waters Residency Centre. Photo: Meredith O’Shea (The Age)

Support Us

As an independent Australian charity, InPlace relies on support from a range of individuals who share our vision that artists of all disciplines are able to access the time, place and space to develop projects which have the potential to influence the national conversation around the critical issues we face today. Through fostering contemporary arts and culture, we can simultaneously care for, preserve and protect Australian heritage through our programs.



Donate to InPlace and support us in developing our centres, special projects and programs. Currently, InPlace is operating the permanent new Garambi Baan/Laughing Waters Residency Centre, an arts centre providing critical support, space and time for artists and organisations to embed themselves in this important landscape.

This new creative hub is located in Melbourne’s outer North East, embedded within a high value conservation zone, inhabiting two historically significant buildings at Garambi Baan/Laughing Waters, beside the Birrarung (Yarra River).

InPlace continues to develop and deliver unique and deeply considered creative opportunities for Australian and international artists. InPlace is enhancing our capacity to play an important role in the Australian and International cultural landscape, through inclusive contemporary creative spaces that centre and nurture historically excluded artistic and community voices. InPlace commissions artists for funded residencies, whilst providing in-kind space for communities and independent artists.

As a registered Australian charity with DGR1 and TCC status, all donations above $2 are tax deductible.

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If you are interested in discussing a major gift, please contact Director and CEO, Eugene Howard, directly:


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