Green Square Community and Cultural Precinct

The City of Sydney is breathing new life into the former Esme Cahill nurses’ quarters at the old South Sydney Hospital site.

Construction progress of the City's new community and cultural precinct at Green Square was on show on Saturday 29 April. More than 150 community members joined City staff on a beautiful autumn afternoon for a tour of the site. Gadigal Elder, Uncle Chicka Madden, gave a Welcome to Country before the Lord Mayor addressed the gathering. Community members toured the site and learnt about the precinct's new community facilities and public artworks.

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre

Our new Joynton Avenue Creative Centre will cater to hobbyists, emerging artists and professionals alike.

Stunning timber-lined archways will extend the building’s original internal arches to create a flowing outdoor terrace.

Overlooking the new Matron Ruby Grant Park, the terrace will host yoga classes, tai chi and painting classes.

Inside we’re creating a new artist-run gallery, artist studios, bespoke jewellery benches and a variety of co-working spaces for creative entrepreneurs – for lease at affordable rates.

We’re also offering a range of workshops and classes in creative arts practices such as painting and drawing.

The Joynton Avenue Creative Centre will be a bustling hive of activity providing artists with space to try out new ideas, connect and collaborate.

Banga Community Shed

The nearby former pathology building will house a community shed for groups to host workshops and a wide range of activities.

Community sheds are a growing initiative for retirees, those who can’t find full-time work or people living in high-density areas with little access to outdoor space.

‘Banga’ is an Aboriginal word meaning “make” or “do”.

Performing Arts Hub

In a later stage of development, the City is building a performing arts space offering affordable rehearsal space and performance facilities to the community.

Designed to allow the small-to-medium performing arts sector an opportunity to develop work, the space will be acoustically treated, seat 300 people and feature a sprung floor. It will cater for groups such as local school bands, independent theatre companies or chamber orchestras.

Public art: While I Live I Will Grow

A newly commissioned public artwork While I Live I Will Grow by Maria Fernanda Cardoso will respond to the history of births on the site as well as themes of water and drought, while seeking to grow with the community making Green Square their home.

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre and Banga Community Shed designed by Peter Stutchbury Architects

3 Joynton Avenue, Zetland

Construction began: 2015

Expected completion: mid 2017