People working in Sydney's creative industries face a serious challenge finding affordable places to live and work. The City's William Street creative hub offers affordable apartments and studios to support our next generation of artists.
Last week eight emerging artists picked up the keys to one of the City's creative live/work units.
The live/work units at 113-115 William Street in Darlinghurst feature a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and artist-in-residence work space, for which the artists pay a nominal rent, well below the established rates for the area.
All eight artists underwent a tough selection process. These were assessed by an expert panel who looked not only at the artistic merit of the applicants, but also at their potential for collaboration and the benefits to the community.
This is the second intake of tenants for the William St space, which opened following the success of our creative hub on Oxford St. Not only do these spaces support emerging artists, they help foster a creative community which brings life to William and Oxford Streets.
The tenants represent fields from set design and publishing to multimedia documentary, film and performance.
Previous tenants of the William Street creative hub include renowned international fashion label Romance Was Born and architectural practice Aileen Sage, which was recently chosen to represent Australia at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, is also based at the hub.
The 2015/16 William Street live/work tenancies will run for 12 months from 15 May.
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This year's tenants:
Kate Scardifield, Visual Artist
Kate works across a number of mediums including sculpture, installation, textiles and painting. During the residency, she aims to expand on the theatrical and performance elements of her work through video and sound.
Elizabeth Gadsby, Production Designer - Live Performance
Elizabeth will undertake a number of projects during her residency at William Street with organisations including Pinchgut Opera, Bell Shakespeare Company and Vivid.
Seizure is an online publishing platform run by co-founders Alice Grundy and David Henley, and a staff of eight volunteers. They will use their live/work space to write, edit and produce Seizure and collaborate on events and workshops at locations around Sydney, including the City's Library Network.
365 Docobites, Documentary Filmmakers
Epiphany Morgan and Carl Mason produce an international online series of bite-sized documentaries called 365 Docobites. Their tenancy will focus on creating a new online space for the work.
Angela Garrick, Multi-disciplinary Artist - Music and Film
During her residency, Angela will work on a collaborative project for women in film to be presented at the Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island and an album of music for Hozac Records and RIP Society Records.
Frances Barrett, Artist-Curator
Frances will be working on six key projects during her residency, including a new performance work for Gallery 4A Contemporary Centre for Asian Art and a new sound piece for Liquid Architecture Festival.