Signal is a creative arts studio for young people 13 to 20. At Signal, you work alongside professional artists in a collaborative way. Located in the heart of the city, Signal is a place for making, showing, inspiring and developing Melbourne’s creative young talent – in every medium. Signal is open to young people from all walks of life and ability – you don’t need any experience to take part at Signal.
Signal acknowledges and respects the customs and traditions of Indigenous Australians and their special relationship with the land. The artists and organisers respectfully acknowledge that this program takes place on the land of the traditional owners of the Kulin Nation.
Signal is open every Wednesday to Saturday 1pm to 5pm.
- a workshop space
- a multi purpose (performance or gallery) space
- a computer and multimedia hub
- Les Erdi Plaza for live events
- projective windows for multimedia works
- an 18-speaker sound walk for sound-based artworks
Signal is right in the heart of the city: behind Flinders Street Station on Northbank, in the Les Erdi Plaza, at the northern end of Sandridge Bridge, and at the top of Banana Alley.
Signal is easy to get to by public transport and there is bike parking (but no car parking) on site.
The Signal building's environmental design concepts
The Signal building was once – quite literally – a signal box. It signaled trains in and out of Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station.
Once the signal box was decommissioned, it was left to its own devices. The box was damaged by fire several times before the City of Melbourne recognised its potential.
Simple environmental design concepts were employed in converting the building from a disused railway signal box into its current use as a creative studio for young people in Melbourne. At night, heat is purged from the building and collected rainwater is used to flush toilets. Reclaimed timber was used on the stairwell and photo-voltaic panels feed the computers, projectors and automatic controls on efficient lighting.
Signal was made possible by the generous support of Mr Les Erdi AOM of The Erdi Group. Other project partners include the City of Melbourne, the Myer Foundation, the Federal Government's Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, the Department of Planning & Community Development and Heritage Victoria.