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Creative spaces

Creative Spaces is a free website that matches property owners with creatives looking for a space.

The site helps artists and creative enterprises find a suitable venue or studio to develop, exhibit or perform their work and provides a platform for agents and owners to advertise their properties and find tenants.

On the site you will find artist and photography studios, gallery and exhibition spaces, co-working areas and hot desks, rehearsal and performance rooms, pop-up shops, rooftops, cinemas, theatres and other non-traditional properties.

You can also list your unused properties on the site.

It’s free to join and you can search by area, or type of space and read all about how creative spaces around the City have been used by others.

Oxford Street revitalisation

To ensure our much loved and renowned strip continues to thrive, we have been offering a range of office and retail spaces on Oxford Street to artists and creative practitioners.

In 2011, we invited artists, creatives and community organisations to submit an expression of interest to occupy a number of underutilised City-owned properties on lower Oxford Street. We received an overwhelming response and following a competitive selection process, 16 properties were activated with a mix of commercial and non-profit creative organisations working in design, film, contemporary music, transmedia, screen writing and more.

There are now 18 office and retail spaces and the transformation has been swift. Designers, architects, contemporary performers, animators, online video producers, architects, artists, their staff and customers are breathing new life into the precinct.

Visit the Sydney 2030 site for a full list of tenants.

William Street creative hub

We’re working to foster a creative community in 2 City-owned properties in William Street. Commercial and creative tenants are now moving into a 3-storey warehouse-style office space and 6 artist live and work studios.

Fresh faces

In November 2012, we called for organisations and enterprises looking to operate a creative incubator or co-share space across 500 square metres of office space. The successful applicant, Lochbuild, is now establishing a creative space comprising several small to medium sized creative enterprises and artists including Andrew Donaldson Architecture and Design, Romance Was Born, *asterix, Aileen Sage Architects, Op Jam and Archrival.

Short-term creative space register

We own a number of properties, including retail and office space, across the inner-city area. From time to time these properties are empty for short periods between commercial tenancies or when repairs or upgrades are required to the buildings.

In order to make sure these spaces aren’t sitting empty and in recognition of some of the challenges facing creative projects in finding affordable, temporary inner-city spaces, we called out to anyone with a unique, innovative idea or creative project interested in taking up temporary residency.

We’ve selected 25 projects, which have been placed on a short term creative retail and space register for 24 months. When an appropriate space becomes available, the projects will be called on to make use of the property on a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month basis – it could be anywhere in our area, in any type of building and generally with only a few weeks’ notice!

The first project from the register – an artist studio, gallery and retail space run by Dulwich Hill collective Westsyde Connection – has already opened at 58 Oxford Street.

Stills Gallery is currently occupying the windows of 2 showrooms at 101-111 William Street with a pop-up photographic gallery, while some building works take place.

Tractor Studio is a multi-user creative space that has set up shop in the spot at 66 Oxford Street, providing design education, industry talks and housing exhibitions.

Further up the strip at 122 Oxford Street, is Maaike Furniture Resurrection, operating an ‘open studio’ for up-cycling furniture as well as refurbishing salvaged, secondhand and pre-loved items.


Creative Spaces Sydney 2030: Oxford StreetWestsyde Connection Stills Gallery Tractor Design Studio Maaike


City of Sydney
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Monday, 2 September 2013