Carriageworks: COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Update: Employee Strategy
9 April, 2020

Since 23 March, Carriageworks has been closed to the public.

In order for Carriageworks to weather the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic over the coming months – and preserve the Company’s future and staff’s wellbeing – Carriageworks has set out a temporary employee strategy.

We are grateful to every single person that makes up the Carriageworks team: they are all critical to the medium and long-term future of Carriageworks. The following arrangement reflects our need to respond effectively to extraordinary circumstances.

Like much of the Arts and Entertainment sector around the world, Carriageworks is prevented from operating events and delivering artistic projects due to current regulations regarding public gatherings. It is not possible for the company to continue business as usual. The result has been a significant reduction in our revenue stream. Consequently, our cost base must be urgently reduced.

To that end, effective immediately, Carriageworks is standing down almost half of its core employees for an anticipated minimum period of four months, underpinned by the Federal Government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy.

The Executive Team and remaining full-time staff will be asked to work three days a week for a minimum period of four months, underpinned by JobKeeper.

We also continue to scope and pursue potential support for our regular casual workforce.

Given the fluid and rapidly changing nature of the situation, the expected duration of this arrangement will be continually reviewed and may change. All non-essential work will be suspended. However all departments retain key points of contact who can respond to enquiries. The key focus is to ensure Carriageworks is in a financial position to relaunch public activities at the other end, maintain the heritage building and continue to engage our diverse communities and critical relationships.

As we transition to a smaller team, we greatly appreciate both the community and industry’s ongoing support and kindness. We look forward to relaunching Carriageworks and all its possibilities into a changed world, as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you can continue to help us by:

  • Supporting the future Carriageworks artistic program by Donating here.
  • Eating well and continuing to support our local famers and producers by accessing the very best seasonal produce from our Online Producer Directory here.
  • Contacting our commercial team regarding future event opportunities here.

Please take care of yourself and loved ones during the difficult weeks and months ahead by embracing good mental health and well-being measures.

Blair French
CEO, Carriageworks



COVID-19 Update: Carriageworks Closed
30 March, 2020

In line with decisions made by the National Cabinet as communicated by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Carriageworks will today close to the public until further notice to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the State.

Any update to these restrictions will be communicated by the NSW Government in due course. Further official information and advice on COVID-19 for community and businesses in NSW is available at

Our primary responsibility is the health, safety and wellbeing of our audiences, staff and artists.

This is an unprecedented, ever developing situation and we will continue to monitor this crisis closely to respond quickly to changing public health circumstances and government directives. We will be providing ongoing updates on this webpage.

As the community moves towards stricter social isolation measures over the coming weeks, Carriageworks Farmers Market will be closed until further notice.  Carriageworks is committed to continuing to support our farmers and producers during this challenging time. For updates on where you can continue to access produce from your favourite stallholders, visit the Carriageworks Farmers Market web page.

The COVID-19 impact is far reaching, with catastrophic health and economic impacts on the broader Australian arts industry. Thousands of jobs are at stake and significant box office revenue will be lost as performances and exhibitions are cancelled. Please consider supporting the re-emergence of Carriageworks’ Artistic Program on the other side of this crisis. Donate now here.

We wish you well during these unchartered times and thank you for your loyalty, understanding and support. Please stay in touch with Carriageworks via the Carriageworks Journal and our social media channels for ongoing content from our artists and curatorial team.

Blair French
CEO, Carriageworks