Green Square Community and Cultural Precinct

The City of Sydney is breathing new life into the former South Sydney Hospital site by transforming heritage-listed buildings into the Green Square Community and Cultural Precinct.

The former Esme Cahill nurses’ quarters will become the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre housing creative offices, artists’ studios, a gallery, jewelry making benches and and spaces for community hire.

Nearby our new Waranara Early Education Centre will provide much needed child care for Green Square families while the Banga Community Shed will host a wide range of workshops and activities for residents.

See the precinct begin to take shape

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre

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

107 Projects, one of Sydney’s best loved arts organisations, has been chosen to manage the centre on the City’s behalf.

They will be responsible for overseeing the centre’s daily operations, including attracting creative tenants for each space and developing programs and activities that engage with the local community and creative sector.

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

Overlooking the new Matron Ruby Grant Park, the terrace will be available to be hired for activities ranging from yoga classes and tai chi, to painting classes and outdoor exhibitions.

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

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 new public artwork While I Live I Will Grow by Maria Fernanda Cardoso will be an ongoing performance of living trees.

This City Art commissioned artwork responds to environmental, social and cultural histories of the site while embracing the future of the area, its people and communities.

The tapered shapes of bottle trees suggest a parallel growth with people in the community and respond to themes of water and drought.

The artwork is part of the Green Square public art strategy.

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

3 Joynton Avenue, Zetland

Construction began: 2015

Expected completion: late 2017