The Center for Creativity is a new dedicated programming venue at the Sydney Opera House that will offer hands-on creative experiences for audiences of all ages on-site and online.
The new Center for Creativity, scheduled to open on January 4, 2022, is a custom-built home that will host participating performances, workshops and installations year-round as part of the Opera House’s commitment to engaging new audiences on site, in schools and in homes across Australia and the world. It is one of the final projects of the opera house’s decade of renewal, funded by the NSW Government.
The Center for Creativity will be a place for everyone to set their creativity free. We will offer programming and experiences based on design, engineering, dance, song, storytelling and drawing to appeal to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds – and, very importantly, they will reach people no matter where they are, “Opera House CEO Louise Herron said AM.
“The new state-of-the-art Center for Creativity will help ensure that the Opera House remains relevant and modern to the people of NSW and the world, and expands the creative learning opportunities available to young people and lifelong learners on the ground. “The center will enable society to reap the benefits of creativity – collaboration, resilience and imaginative thinking – that is crucial to navigating these unprecedented times and planning our future,” said NSW Minister of Arts Don Harwin.
The introductory program (January-March 2022) is curated by Sydney Opera House’s Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning, Tamara Harrison and offers a mix of free and paid activities that will go on sale to the public on Friday 26 November. The program begins with House Warming, a free, tactile and participatory installation by award-winning Sydney artist Rosie Deacon, made from colorful, recycled materials. Guests will be able to explore, interact and add to the installation and create a living site-specific work.
“This year’s program at the Center draws inspiration from the three great life forces that run through the Opera House and all that it does – Tubowgule’s powerful First Nations history, the building’s magic and science and the extraordinary art and artists of our stages and communities,” said Opera House Director of Programming Fiona Winning.
In addition to workshops on design, music, dance, art, crafts and meditation, the Center for Creativity will also offer a platform for artists to develop and showcase new work in free audience demonstrations.
The center was designed by renowned architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and built by Taylor Construction and consists of a large room that can host groups of 50-60 people for workshops and 80-100 people for sitting experiences, and another room for smaller group work.
LR: Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM, NSW Minister of Arts Hon Don Harwin MLC and artist Rosie Deacon outside the new Center for Creativity (Photo: Daniel Boud)
Center for Creativity (Photo: Daniel Boud)
A test performance of What the Ocean Said by James Brown and Company at the Center for Creativity (Photo: Prudence Upton)