Rude Mechs has an 18-month lease on 5 rooms in The Austin American-Statesman warehouse, ending December 31, 2018, at which time the building will be renovated for… live/work creative placemaking upscale shopping opportunities?

On June 14th, 2017, we held an open-house to find out from the artists that attended what kind of space they need most and how much they can afford to pay for it. And because it is part of our mission to create community space that is affordable, we will do our best to honor their needs.

Folks mostly indicated cheap rehearsal space was their biggest priority, so the rates below are based on those conversations


Studio A is 1600 square feet with two obstructive columns. The space is now fully occupied by artists using it for storage, fabrication, a visual arts studio, a production office, and a film editing suite.

Studio B is roughly 1600 square feet (29 x 55). We’ll be hanging a curtain in here to separate it from the other spaces and allow for private work. It’s available for exclusive use and is a pretty sweet rehearsal space. It’s a linoleum floor.

Studio C is 696 sf (~26 x 26). Clearly it used to be a conference room, but it can also be a sweet little rehearsal studio, or be used for recording, video – whatever you dig. It’s carpeted.

NONPROFIT ORG / ARTIST USE RATES – to get the conversation started.

Studio A – We will post here should any of the spaces in Studio A become available.
Studio B – $50/day or $15-25/hour sliding scale
Studio C – $35/day or $15-25/hour sliding scale

Talk to us about longer-term useage – weekly, monthly.

Bookings must be made by the Thursday prior to the week you’d like to use the space.

For questions or to book the space, contact info[at]


Furniture is free to use in the space. Rental rates apply when taken off site.

6 5′ conference room tables (on wheels, hinged for storage) (like new)
9 conference chairs (like new)
32 stackable plastic chairs (like new)
60 brown restaurant chairs (very used)
30 metal folding chairs (shabby chic)

Light Gear inventory and rental rates coming soon.

Sound Gear inventory and rental rates coming soon.

Dance floor inventory and rental rates coming soon.

Projection Gear inventory and rental rates coming soon.

For immediate assistance, contact Thomas Graves at thomas[at]