Fifteen artists, writers, new retailers and other creative start-ups are moving into City-owned studios as part of our strategy to activate lower Oxford Street and add to its cultural vitality and diversity.
The new tenants will temporarily rent the spaces at a reduced rate, giving these previously empty areas a new lease on life as part of the City's Lower Oxford Street Activation Project.
Groups working in textile design, graphic design, digital technologies, architecture and public space, ceramics and jewellery will be joined by cultural organisations including Queer Screen, which promotes GLBT film and filmmaking, Music NSW, a non-profit industry association representing the contemporary music industry and Sydney Guild which, will curate and create exhibitions, publications and lecture series.
Homework, a collective of cycling-related organisations including Bicycle Film Festival, Shhh! Bikes, MC Cyclery and Collaborative Consumption and Social Innovation Sydney, is another new tenant.
Two new retail spaces are opening as well - The Dollar Shop, at 58 Oxford Street, will stock wares of local designers and artists, with nothing above costing more than $10, while 70 Oxford Street will sell works produced on site by design collective, He Made, She Made.
Similar projects elsewhere in Australia and overseas have had considerable success in revitalising retail strips and village centres. The initiative has the support of the 2010 Business Partnership.