The city of Sydney and Brand X are launching a new advanced creative studio in the CBD

Sydney artists will have the opportunity to access a new, affordable creative space in the heart of Sydney’s CBD from the beginning of next year. The city of Sydney has signed a new 99-year lease that secures a five-storey creative study space on Bathurst Street from developer Greenland Australia. The 2,000-square-foot space will be run by Brand X for at least the next three years, with city council and non-profit teaming up to create an affordable space for new and established inner-city artists.

The creative studios will help support dancers, musicians, filmmakers, digital creatives and visual artists with a range of dedicated spaces. Creative will find two rehearsal rooms at double height available for dancers, actors and artists; five soundproof recording and rehearsal studios for musicians; Production and editing suites for media and filmmakers; wet-dry visual art studios, an artist-in-residence apartment, meeting rooms, changing rooms and a cafe.

“It has long been a priority for the city to increase centrally located, affordable space for our artists and creatives,” said Mayor Clover Moore. “By providing jobs and venues, we not only support the art of lockdown, but also make our city a more interesting and inspiring place to be.”

Brand X currently operates the East Sydney Community and Arts Center in Darlinghurst, and has been the creative rental manager for residential and working apartments in Darlinghurst and Waterloo, helping more than 100,000 artists find space at an affordable price.

The non-profit access and inclusion panel and the industry advisory panel will oversee the selection of projects on the creative studio, “focusing on developing new voices from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds,” according to Feel x Instructor James Winter. Artists and organizations interested in using the new space can register interest on the Brand X website.

City of Sydney Creative Studios is located at 119 Bathurst Street, Sydney. It is set to open in early 2022.

Top image: Paul Patterson

Published September 27, 2021 by

Ben Hansen


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