The very high demand from the established and emerging local creative community for the limited number of locations supported by the City that are suited for creative tenants is growing.
The City struggles to meet the growing demand, especially as various types of locations, warehouses, and workshops used by artisans and artists to work are being redeveloped and rapidly shrinking the pool of creative spaces.
The City has been very supportive of the proposed “Phoenix” development at Chippendale that will provide gallery and performance space as well as apartments for visiting artists.
This venue is being largely developed with private funds from a local philanthropic supporter of the arts.
Is the City actively looking for opportunities to collaborate with other local artisan and artist supporters to grow the pool of available creative workspaces?
Answer by the Lord Mayor
The City’s cultural policy and action plan, Creative City, has as one of its goals to ‘deliver an increased number of affordable, accessible, creative workspaces…’ City staff worked with Frasers Property to set up creative spaces in their temporarily empty buildings in Kensington Street, Chippendale.
City staff provided Frasers with occupation models and templates, and assisted in the selection of a head tenant who curated a program of artists for several years.
Beyond the City’s own programs that increase the amount of creative space in our local government area (such as the Oxford Street Cultural and Creative Space Program, William Street Creative Hub, Student Rehearsal Program, Short Term Empty Property program and the Accommodation Grants Program) staff regularly provide advice and guidance on creative use of space to a range of third parties.
This includes individual artists, arts organisations, private property owners, developers, other levels of government and representative bodies.
Organisations that staff have advised include Mirvac, Lend Lease, UrbanGrowth, Double Bay Chamber of Commerce and Walsh Bay Precinct Management.
Staff also regularly explore other opportunities for the delivery of infrastructure.
One example is the Bathurst Street Greenland development, which was developed through the Voluntary Planning Agreement process and will provide a range of work spaces for music, visual arts, dance, theatre and media workers.