Carriageworks and UrbanGrowth NSW today announced the seven artists and one architectural studio awarded residencies in the newly refurbished and subsidised Artist Studios at The Clothing Store, North Eveleigh, located within the Carriageworks multi-arts precinct.

The residencies commence in April 2017 for a period of 12 months. Carriageworks is thrilled to announce the extraordinary group of Sydney artists working at the forefront of contemporary practice across a range of disciplines.  The artists are:

Tony Albert
Tully Arnot
Mikala Dwyer
Samuel Hodge
Claudia Nicholson
Other Architects (architecture studio)
Phaptawan Suwannakudt

UrbanGrowth NSW is leading the renewal of the North Eveleigh Precinct in the Central to Eveleigh corridor, including lands around the Clothing Store, which is licenced to the UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation.

Built in 1913, the Clothing Store is part of the historic Eveleigh Railway Workshops that include Carriageworks and Australian Technology Park. The residencies will activate this important heritage building under an agreement between UrbanGrowth NSW and Carriageworks to use the Clothing Store as a unique collaborative community space open to a range of arts and community partners.

The Clothing Store Artist Studio Program provides subsidised space to support artists to undertake ambitious projects, sustain their practice and work collaboratively with Carriageworks to engage the local community. The artists will lead community workshops throughout the year, providing opportunities for people to take part in art and cultural activities that reflect the area’s rich culture and history.

Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah said: “Carriageworks is committed to supporting artists and the development of their practice by providing affordable space for artists to create work, and for the local community to engage with art and culture that reflects both our heritage and contemporary urban setting.”

North Eveleigh Program Director Duncan Read said: “UrbanGrowth NSW is committed to creating community facilities that recognise and celebrate the unique history and contemporary nature of this important part of Sydney. While the long term uses and ownership of the Clothing Store are yet to be decided, the activation will help inform our ideas.”

A public call out for expressions of interest to participate in a subsidised Artist Studio Program and deliver workshops for the community was issued in early 2017, generating over 100 applications. The artists were chosen by Carriageworks based on their ambition and vision, the benefit that the Artist Studio Program would bring to the artist’s practice, and their ability to deliver a workshop program.

Initially, the building will be used by Carriageworks for 12 months in response to community feedback, while long term uses continue to be explored.