Part of Things is a space to bring new ideas to life. It is an experimental gathering place inspired by DIY culture, contemporary & experimental art, community service and a ferocious pursuit of “how could this be better?”

We are a gathering place, ideas hub and creative nook on the main street of Barmera, South Australia. Our upstairs space at Hawdon Chambers has co-working desks, workshop and intimate sized event space, exhibition and presentation spaces, a small resource library, kitchenette and toilets.

Part of Things has been dreamt up by Riverlanders in their 20s and 30s for our peers – other Riverlanders in their 20s and 30s looking for connection, inspiration, opportunities and that something a bit weird and wonderful.

We welcome champions and allies.

The plan is:

A curated program of events and activities that bring people together to discover and try out new ideas.

A co-working and small events space that anyone (you) can access and take over for your own ideas.

A mobilised community of next-gen Riverlanders reimagining the future together.

A place to casually hang out that isn’t a pub or somewhere you have to pay to be.

Part of Things has a two-year community lease (ie. cheap rent) from the Berri Barmera Council to test the idea at Hawdon Chambers, Barmera and see what we can grow together.

We signed the lease in December 2018 and collected the keys in January to begin designing and bringing the space to life. We held five public workshops between February – April 2019 to open up the process of planning things.

We officially opened to the public August 2019 and our experiment will finish December 2020. If by that time we’ve grown a community that wants to see Part of Things continue, we will propose a second lease. If the idea hasn’t worked we’ll throw a big party, pat ourselves on the back and close up.

Some behind the scenes nitty gritty:

Part of Things is the heart and brain child of Riverland based creative practitioner Alysha Herrmann. Alysha is taking on the responsibility and risk of Part of Things by paying the rent, the insurance and the registration of the business name but Part of Things is intended as a profit-for-purpose community project with shared ownership. Towards this end and for transparency Alysha will be actively sharing a working budget for Part of Things and continuing to create opportunities for others to be involved in the management side as Part of Things evolves.

Many others are contributing time, energy, equipment and love to make Part of Things work.

So to be clear – Part of Things has no on-going funding/support. Buying a ticket to an event or a workshop, hiring a co-working desk or making a donation is what will pay the bills to make Part of Things sustainable and able to offer more programs.

If you love what we’re doing and want to say thanks, you can buy us a virtual coffee here.

If you want to contribute financially in a bigger way, more regularly or as a sponsor to make more programming, events, activities and awesomeness happen contact us here.

Alysha has been supported and assisted by the fabulous creative brains of ex-Riverlanders Brianna Obst and Shaylee Leach to develop the pitch for Part of Things to the Berri Barmera Council and bring the idea to life to date.

Alysha, Shay and Bri are all proud alumni of Riverland Youth Theatre and excited to be re-activating a space that was once the home of RYT into a new vision and resource for adults in the Riverland.

Join in and be Part of Things.