Opening Hours

We are open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1pm – 5pm and from 6pm – 10pm
and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm.

Bookings are essential, please book your sessions via our Booking page.

We welcome visits and tours by individuals and groups by appointment. Please email us if you’d like to arrange a tour or excursion.


15 Dowling Place
North Melbourne
VIC 3051

Phone & Email

T: +61 3 9329 7177


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We aim for our collection to be available to and enjoyed by as many individuals as possible, therefore, MESS is working to improve accessibility to our Studio and offerings. You are very welcome to get in touch if you have any requirements, questions or feedback – contact us.


Bikes can be locked up at the entrance to MESS. The area is well lit and monitored by a security camera.

Public Transport

Catch the 58 West Coburg or 59 Airport West tram and alight at Stop 14 – Royal Melbourne Hospital. From here, follow Wreckyn Street to Dowling Place. This tram stop is approx. 400 metres from MESS.

Bus There is a bus that stops directly out the front of MESS. The 402 – Footscray – East Melbourne via North Melbourne stopping at either Courtney Street (to East Melbourne) or Dowling Place (to Footscray). The nearest bus stop is approx. 80 metres from MESS.

Train Catch a train to the city and get off at Melbourne Central. From there, take the Elizabeth Street exit and transfer to either the 58 or 59 tram as described above.


Street parking is available on Wreckyn Street near the entrance to MESS via Dowling Place. Parking costs $1.70 p.h. but is free after 6.30pm.

Accessible parking: there are 2 on-street accessible parking bays located on Courtney Street near the corner of Wreckyn Street. These parking bays are approx. 130 metres from MESS. 

The Studio

MESS is located within Meat Market, however, access to MESS is via a laneway, Dowling Place. The laneway is surfaced with bitumen and has no incline, although it is not even in all areas. For security purposes our front door remains closed, to enter the Studio, please ring the doorbell located on the door, or phone the studio on +61 3 9329 7177 and a staff member will greet you at the door.

The MESS studio is located on the ground level and there are no stairs upon entry or within the studio. The main workshop space is flat and level, and to access the back area (commonly used for workshops and the kitchen) there is a small incline.


There are gender neutral toilets located at the rear of the Studio. There is a small step up through a doorway and a narrow hall to access these.

Accessible toilets are located throughout Meat Market (see the Meat Market Mobility Map), use of these facilities requires leaving the Studio and entering the main Meat Market building (around the corner or Wreckyn Street, up Courtney Street and onto Blackwood Street) – a MESS staff member will give you access to these toilets