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Sydney Council Press Release 20 October 2011

October 20, 2011toOctober 22, 2011



OPEN: New Affordable Spaces for Artists on Oxford Street
20 October 2011

The City of Sydney is calling artists, writers and other creative enterprises to set-up on Oxford Street, the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore announced today.

Sixteen under-utilised spaces on Oxford St will be offered to creative enterprises at affordable rates and on short-term agreements, in a bid to provide more opportunities to our creative talent and make it a more interesting place to live, visit and shop. 
Expressions of Interest (EOI) to occupy the vacant spaces, which range in size from 48sqm to 130sqm, will remain open until 9 November.
“Making these spaces available, at lower rents and specifically for artists and creative enterprises is about bringing a bohemian feel back to the strip,” Ms Moore said. 
“If you are a small, creative business, a start-up or an artist collective and could do with a new space, we want to hear from you.”
“The best thing about this project is that instead of sitting vacant, these spaces will be put to good use by the creative sector, offering new, bespoke products and changing the mix on the strip.” 
Short-term leases of six months will be offered before Christmas, with opportunities to extend for a further six months while other long-term activation projects for the precinct are rolled out. 
The City is also seeking an innovative pop-up café or retail concept to activate a vacant property and outdoor area in Oxford Square and the ground floor of 1A Burton Street, Darlinghurst. 
Other work being done on the strip includes:
Creating more attractive shopfronts on Council properties along Oxford and Foley Streets;
Activating unusual vacant spaces such as blank walls, doorways and alcoves with public art and other creative projects;
Reviewing cleansing and waste services to improve the appearance of footpaths and streets; and
Undertaking feasibility studies into the conversion of three other vacant buildings.
An information session will be held on 24 October at Town Hall House at 6pm.


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