What equipment does the venue provide?
The venue hire includes use of:
•Microphone
•PA Speaker
•Projector/Screen (compatible with MAC & PC)
•Tables: 6 large, 4 medium, 5 leaners
•Chairs: 80
•Bar stools: 20

What are the rules on music/noise?
Our focus as a venue is to provide space for our creative communities to connect and entertain the public; including musicians. Despite noise ordinance levels being open as a business, unfortunately we are on the edge of the neighborhood and only moderate volume & acoustic instruments until 10pm.

Can we use the kitchen?
Hiring the venue does not include any of the kitchen equipment, cutlery, or plateware. Only glassware for water. 
Access to the kitchen is strictly prohibited for H&S reasons, but can be hired and a personal quote can be made upon request.

What are the catering/food options?
•Catering available only on weekdays.
•Off-site catering usually not allowed but can be negotiated depending on kitchen/staff capacity.
On-site catering options:
1Per-Person catering* - 
$8.50pp, $11.50pp, or $15.00pp
2. Food and drink service from bar - 
$25ph for Duty Manager to serve event. 
+ $25ph depending on size of event.*
3. Budgeted - You provide the budget and number of expected attendees, and our chef will advise what can be done for that amount. 
*(Please account for 1 hour prep, and 1 hour breaking down after the event.)

What is the capacity of the venue?
Up to 100 people can move comfortably around the space standing or seated. 80 is a comfortable number depending on how you set up. 

How do I promote my event/sell tickets?
I always recommend creating a Facebook event, as those are easily shared. When you create it, share it with facebook Groups that may be interested in the event. Also, let us know so we can take the information from the facebook event and add it to the events page on our website.
A few other platforms to publicize on:

How much does it cost to hire the venue?
As seen on our Rates page, a 4hr module will cost: 
$100+GST for Not-For-Profit/Community Event
$150+GST for Small Business Event/Private
$200+GST for Corporate Event

Every hire has a mandatory cleaning fee of $70+GST

Do you have any pictures of events to reference the size of the venue?
Yes we have many photos on our Facebook page or a collection of a few events here.
Here are a few large events to reference:
Wedding Reception ~ 48 people
Performance ~ 70 people
Classical Music ~ 100 people
Film/Presentation ~ 80 people
Presentation ~ 30 people

What about having alcohol at our event?
We do not allow BYOB.
We have an on-license allowing us to provide an assortment of craft beer and wines.
1. Please reference catering option #2.
2. Drink tokens. You provide for guests and we'll add all to 1 tab to be paid at the end of the evening or invoiced.
3. Budget/Cap. You provide a budget for a tab and drinks will be added until that amount is hit, then becomes a cash bar. 

What do we do with rubbish?
There are bins in the alleyway along the right side of the building. We are environmentally conscious at XCHC and urge hosts to use appropriate recycle, compost, and rubbish bins. (Please do not use the cafe bins)

How do you plug into the PA system/speakers and projector?
The 4 power switches to the PA and projector are behind the big coffee bags on the shelves next to the coffee grinder. They should also turn on the cafe lights. Once turned on, you'll find an auxiliary cord and bluetooth device hanging beside the speaker and water station/sink. Just plug in and go. The projector has an HDMI cable next to where the screen is mounted. 

 

How much does it cost to hold an Exhibition?
It's $500+GST per week. We find some exhibit at XCHC to showcase their work without intending on selling it; making that price at times unaffordable. If this is the case, please get in touch, as we'd rather have work on our walls than nothing at all and can work with you on what you can do. 

What kind of work do you/don't you allow?
We encourage art in all its many diverse forms. From textile exhibitions, pieces installed on the floor, hanging from the ceiling, alternative and sometimes even questionable work finds XCHC a safe space to tell its story. However you can imagine it, we encourage you to try it. 

When do I setup & take down the exhibition?
 •
There are 4 windows in the showcase space that can be covered and used as exhibition space, or if you have fewer pieces of work, we can leave the windows exposed leaving you less area to fill with work. Please let us know which panels you would like on/off.
Setup: The cafe is closed on the weekend, so we will get you a key and security code to come in any time on Sunday and you'll have all day to yourself to set up/hang your exhibition. We have a ladder, but very few other tools, so we suggest bringing everything you'll need to hang your work. 
We'll open the cafe to the public on Monday-Friday.

Take down: You'll have the venue to yourself again on Saturday to take down your work. We ask any damage to the walls be touched up with the paint we have on-site and that things be left clean and easy for the next exhibitor to come in and set up the following day (Sunday). 

Why do you call this a "showcase space" instead of a gallery? And who is the curator?
Galleries have curators and usually take 40% commission on sales. We don't because we feel the artist is the best person to curate their work; having total control in the space encourages the creativity to continue and means we don't have to take any commission on sold work.

What about a launch party?
Partnered launch: "XCHC Friday" is a program we designed so we could give the venue away every friday for a creative event or community purpose. Just ask what XCHC Friday event is on the week you want to exhibit and we'll help you organize with a creative partner/co-host.
Solo launch: You can use any other weeknight free of charge as long as the venue isn't already hired for a private function.

What's special about exhibiting at XCHC?
You become a part of our ongoing alumni that we take pride in showcasing. Because of our interest in supporting artists and helping them get exposure, we have formally partnered with Excio; an app that shares visual arts around the world. As an exhibitor here, you will be featured on the Excio app. Go get a profile started!

There are 11 areas of wall-space roughly 2.5m² each.

There are 11 areas of wall-space roughly 2.5m² each.