Bigger Than A Building – Much More Than Four Walls
photo: Theresa Harrison
While we’re gutted by the move out of the The CLUBhouse, what really matters isn’t the venue itself, but all the great times we’ve had in this space, all the wonderful ways we’ve made it our own, and the community that has come together and thrived here.
The CLUBhouse truly has been a communal home created by communal effort, a unique place that screamed pride, feminism, inspiration, support, encouragement and creativity.
From the amazing art – by so many different talented artists – always on display, to the alternative (and often local) music always blasting, to the retro computer games to entertain those who hung out hours before and after classes, to the talented local fashion designers and independent makers whose stock has filled our shop space, to the not-so-secret beer stash out the back, The CLUBhouse truly has been a welcoming home away from home for so many of us.
So much enthusiasm and dedication went into creating amazing events like our Fight Nights, new fashion range launches, Halloween and Xmas parties, markets, Open House nights, live band performances, acoustic singer/song-writer performances, and more.
So much work goes on behind the scenes, and it has all been fuelled by nothing but passion and the drive to offer something truly unique.
None of this would have been possible without each and every one of you. This really was a group effort, and while we are heart-broken to move out of the venue, we know the real gold is the community we’ve created and that is worth more than any venue space.
So let’s continue to collaborate, sweat, rock out and thrive together!
Oscar-worthy thank you list: There are so many people I really want to give a massive thank you hug to for everything they’ve contributed to The CLUBhouse! Next time you see any of these legends, give ’em a pat on the back and buy ’em a beer! (Hope I haven’t forgotten anyone…eeek!)
Trainers/ Facilitator/s: Ruby Grapefruit, Nat Amore, Fil Rox, Kween Keely, Ambika Rox, Kiko Fit, Zoya Strong, Ellie Rolls, Dani Ella, Prue Rox, Sylvia ‘High Tower’ Scharper, Ally Cat, Sheena AKA Tiger, Kitty Jane, Sam Knitsgood, Amy Sweat, Kerry-X, Rach Remedy, Bek Belle, Danni Sunshine, Ella Lifts, Lisa Dee, Annabella, April Epic, Franca Burpee, Gem Yeah, Hith, Jane Fondle, Terra Bunny, Wizz Fizz Lizz…
Staff: Nat, Sam, Cara Wild, Rach, Leah Rox, Cat Frankie, Liz Rules, Evie Moves, Carla and many amazing crew/ helpers.
Artists: Katie Fairservice, Miss E, Sam Knitsgood and all other artists who’ve ever displayed their works.
Regular Housemates: Marisa, Soph, Vee, Sarah Dee, Hayley Hooper, Julia Basa, Lakita, Bey Dance…
All our AWF + ARF pass members, all our casual members and everyone who brought their passion and enthusiasm to The CLUBhouse.
My younger sister Lisa, who is an ongoing support and mentor… AND finally the most important thank you goes to my love Daniel, who behind the scenes has been the real backbone of The CLUBHouse. If you see him around, shout him a beer and give him a big bloody pat on the back.
RIP to The CLUBhouse! LONG LIVE AWF!!!
Love ya Guts!