Collingwood project

A unique space for performance, conversation and creativity is coming to Melbourne

The project

We are in the process of developing a premises in Collingwood that will be purpose-designed to house a dynamic cultural program of events and activities, which will express Aeon Media’s mission ‘to explore and communicate knowledge that helps us make sense of ourselves and the world’.

Once a grand Victorian bakery and residence, the property is a ‘sleeping beauty’, offering bright, high-ceilinged spaces, a converted stables and loft, and an original secluded courtyard garden.

Our vision

There will be two dimensions to the Sophia Club in Collingwood: a lively and diverse events program, and a studio residency program for artists and thinkers. With a sympathetic renovation now being planned, the vision is to restore the charm and warmth of the original building, creating a series of spaces for conversation, learning, performance and art-making.

Our Collingwood property is on Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Land near the meeting place of the Merri Creek and Birrarung (Yarra River). The building will embody our respect for the Traditional Owners of the land on which it stands and we are committed to developing an ongoing relationship with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung community and expressing that relationship through commissioned artwork as well as in our programs.

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The Sophia Club is a new venture from Aeon Media, the publisher of Aeon and Psyche magazines.

Aeon is based in Melbourne, Australia and we respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which our Melbourne events take place, the Wurundjeri people of the Woiworung language group of the Kulin Nation.
We value the knowledge traditions and rich practice of philosophy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia, and all First Nations peoples around the world.