Book The Venue

Studio 188 is available for hire for a range of productions, events, functions, film screenings, music recording and performances. Formerly the art-deco Old Baptist Church, the space provides a vibrant arts complex that serves as a multi-purpose arts and cultural centre for community and cultural activities.

Because each event is different, please email your hire enquiry using the below contact form. The following information is an introduction to the Conditions of Hire and the Hire Agreement:

  1. Functions can commence Monday to Saturday from 8.00am
  2. Functions can commence on Sundays from 9.00am
  3. All Functions are to be completed no later than 12.00am on weekdays/weekends

Studio 188 Technical Specifications

Studio 188 has been fully equipped with the latest sound, visual and lighting technology. A suitably qualified technician is required to erect any staging equipment and provide any sound and/or lighting requirements.

Services Include:


Cutting Edge Video

Live Recording Equipment


Mixing Control

Plug in Internet Access

Overhead Data


Sound and Lighting Systems

Phone Connection

Staging and Rigging

Projector and Screen


Please download a comprehensive list of technical equipment available to you.

Stage Specifications

  • Acting Space – 5.5m width (lift to stairs) x 4.6m depth (curtain to stage edge)
  • Height from floor to stage – Approx. 1m
  • Height from stage floor to truss – 3.2m
  • Dressing room – 1 x change room 4.5m x 3.6m

Booking Process

The booking process requires approval of an Application Form and then a signed Hire Agreement. Community applicants may be eligible for fee relief.

The person signing the Application Form and Hire Agreement must be over the age of 18 and promises Ipswich City Council that he or she has the power to do so and to bind the customer to everything in the Hire Agreement.

For further information contact the Ipswich Civic Centre on (07) 3810 6699.

Studio 188 and Ipswich City Council are collecting your personal information so that we can respond to and action your enquiry. We will not disclose your personal information outside of council unless we are required by law or you have given your consent. By completing and signing this form and returning it to council, we will consider that you have given us your consent to manage your personal information in the manner described in council’s Privacy Statement, Personal Information Digest and this collection notice.