Finding space for creative enterprise
Creative Spaces is a website designed to help artists and creative enterprises find a suitable space to develop, exhibit or perform their work. It is a free classifieds-style website offering a broad spectrum of spaces for hire ranging from established spaces such as theatres, rehearsal rooms and galleries to studios and short-term spaces.
The website was developed through a partnership between City of Melbourne, Arts Victoria and RMIT and while previously focused on Melbourne and wider Victoria, the City of Sydney is pleased to officially expand the site into Sydney - the first official territory outside of Victoria.
Oxford Street revitalisation
As part of our efforts to revitalise the Oxford Street precinct, the City is undertaking a number of short, medium and long term initiatives to ensure that this much loved and renowned strip continues to thrive.
In addition to a range of economic development initiatives, the City is activating underutilised space with creative activity, to help rebuild Oxford Street as a dynamic cultural precinct.
In 2011, the City invited artists, creative and community organisations to submit an expression of interest for taking over one of the spaces on Oxford St, a program which offered affordable rental across 16 of City-owned properties, including retail and office spaces.
Following an overwhelming response and a competitive selection process, these spaces are now inhabited by a diverse range of cultural and creative organisations including object design, web design, architecture, transmedia, film, visual arts, contemporary performance, contemporary music, social enterprise, literature and animation.
The transformation has been swift, with bespoke retailing and a new creative workforce already having a significant presence on the strip. And this is only part of the story.
We are now working to develop the business mix principles for the area and working with private property owners in Oxford Street and other precincts to help activate their underutilised space.
William Street creative hub
The City is working to foster a creative community in a City-owned property in William Street. In November we called for organisations and/or creative enterprises looking to operate a creative incubator or co-share space in approximately 500 square metres of office space on Level 3 of 101 to 111 William Street, East Sydney. We expect the successful tenants to start moving in during the first half of 2013.
Short-term creative space register
The City owns a number of properties, including retail and office space, across our local area. From time to time these properties are empty for periods between commercial tenants or when repairs or upgrades are required.
In order to keep these properties activated during these periods the City called for expressions of interest from organisations and groups able to activate these spaces on a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month basis (if or when properties are available). From these expressions of interest a register is being created that we expect to be finalised in the first part of 2013.
Last updated: Friday, 24 May 2013