Our story


" Canvas House has been a labour of love that was inspired by the way we live"

Director, Nash Teelow


Canvas House. Sense of place. Sense of home

Having worked in the advertising and marketing field for over 2 decades, our Director Nash Teelow has sat through her fair share of research groups, off-site strategy days and conferences.

Tired of what was being offered – cold, uninspiring and soulless rooms that hindered creative thinking and natural interaction, Nash realised there was a need for a space that was beautifully authentic, genuine and one that encouraged openness. Taking the brave leap out of the security of the corporate world Nash embarked on an incredible journey. 

After 12 months of searching she came across the space that is now called Canvas House. Not afraid of hard work Nash was on the tools alongside the builders ensuring that no stone was left unturned and that her vision for the space came to life. Six months later Canvas House was launched and has quickly become one of Melbourne hottest venues.


It's all in a name

We are often asked how the name Canvas House was born. People often mistakenly think our name is a subtle reference to the blank canvas nature of the space and its ability to be easily and quickly transformed. In fact when looking for a name, Nash wanted it to reference the history of South Melbourne. 

The area, now known as South Melbourne was first settled by the Europeans in the 1840s and became known as Emerald Hill. During the Victorian Gold Rush of 1851 a tent city, known as Canvas Town was established and the area soon became home to tens of thousands of migrants from around the world.

When working on the design of the space, Nash knew that she needed to incorporate House into the name, and upon learning the history of the area, she knew immediately that Canvas House was not only a way to pay homage, but to celebrate the purpose of the space - bringing people together.