Carriageworks re-opens

Carriageworks has reprised its role as one of Australia’s largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centres and celebrated the beginning of a new sustainable chapter with its doors re-opening to the public in early August. True to form, there is an array of free and exciting programming, including eight new commissions as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, a major exhibition by Giselle Stanborough and public artwork by Reko Rennie.

While Carriageworks CEO Blair French said ‘The impact of our closure has been felt across a wide range of communities’, Art Almanac, and the art community at large, were relieved to learn that an uprising of support from philanthropists had been coupled with a 10-year precinct lease and a 5-year funding commitment from the government. We hope this support reinforces the fiscal and experiential value of art, with a ripple effect of sustainable outcomes for other art organisations and artists doing it tough. As you recall, in May the art world was shocked and saddened at the announcement that Carriageworks would enter voluntary administration due to irreparable income loss. The major Sydney venue has historical value and is an active zone in which creativity and community flourishes; it is the home to the experimental Performance Space and a venue for the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and every weekend locals flock to their Farmers Markets.

French concluded ‘Over 100 years ago this industrial place was born out of resilience and innovation. Through sheer grit, determination and collaboration, we are still here with a promising, independent future. We can’t wait to welcome back the community.’

Carriageworks will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, with the Farmers Market back on every Saturday from 8am to 1pm.

Reko Rennie, REMEMBER ME, 2020. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist and Carriageworks, Sydney