Carriageworks Is Back And Saved From Voluntary Administration
After two months of limbo and an uncertain future following the sombre news that they were forced into voluntary administration, Carriageworks, a diverse creative hub and Australia’s largest contemporary arts centre will again see the light of day!
The exciting multi-art venue is rising from the ashes and is set to reopen next month, saved by an extraordinary group of benefactors and the help of the NSW Government which secured a new 20-year lease for the venue - the longest in its history. The precinct is now firmly established as an essential part of Sydney's art and culture landscape, that could simply not be lost.
Spurred by the detrimental impacts of the COVID crisis and the importance of securing Carriageworks as an independent place for artists and audiences to engage with a unique creative environment, a small number of private foundations pledged major gifts to ensure its survival.
"Carriageworks is recognised for its contemporary multi-arts programming, a curated program that is central to the artistic fabric of Sydney and NSW," Carriageworks CEO Blair French said in a statement. "The risk of closure gave rise to the most extraordinary expression of community support that gave great heart to everyone involved with Carriageworks. I wish to thank everyone who has lent support over recent weeks and in particular, the wonderful philanthropists who have made extremely generous financial pledges to secure our future."
Carriageworks will reopen to the public on Friday 7 August 2020 implementing COVID-safe physical distancing, capacity limits and increased hygiene measures. They are offering free access to a range of visual art installations including eight new commissions as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney The weekly Farmers Market will also resume on Saturday 8 August.
‘Over 100 years ago this industrial place was born out of resilience and innovation’ Mr French added, ‘Through sheer grit, determination and collaboration, we are still here with a promising, independent future. We can’t wait to welcome back the community.’
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