City of Sydney
Cultural & creative space in the city of Sydney
Sydney is home to many communities of artists and creative practitioners working in a variety of art forms and creative industries. They make an integral contribution to a thriving cultural city, however finding space to rehearse, work, exhibit or perform in our city is not always easy.
While the City of Sydney has provided space for artists and creative practitioners for many years, the demand for space was reaffirmed during the development of the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision and the recent development of the City’s Creative City Cultural Policy.
The City has been working on a number of projects that provide affordable space in its own properties to support the professional development and programing of creative organisations and practitioners. Some of these projects include:
- Oxford Street Cultural and Creative Spaces - Leasing 18 City-owned commercial office and retail properties on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, at affordable rates to a range of not-for-profit and commercial creative organisations and enterprises.
- William Street Creative Hub – Two City-owned properties in William Street, Darlinghurst, have been transformed into a mix of commercial and affordable spaces for cultural and creative enterprises. These include affordable work space as well as the City’s first ever residential tenancies for artists to live and work.
- Short Term Creative Tenancies – Activating temporarily vacant City owned properties with short term creative projects.
- Accommodation Grants Program – Long term, subsidised accommodation for not-for-profit cultural organisations in City-owned community properties providing exhibition, performance, office and workshop spaces.
- Grants and Sponsorships – Extensive funding programs provide both cash and in-kind support (reduced hire rates) to a range of organisations enabling them to utilise and program city spaces and develop tools, resources and programs that foster, creative or support others to provide creative space in the city..
- Collaborative Models - Tools, resources and networks that encourage private property owners across the local government area to activate and unlock their underutilised space for the creative community.
The Creative Spaces website is a valuable online extension to these successful City programs, providing another mechanism for private property owners and the creative community to come together and activate city spaces.