Creative Live/Work Tenancies


The City of Sydney has long recognised the challenges facing Artists when seeking affordable space to live and work in the inner city. Since 2013, The Council has responded to this by offering subsidised residential leases in their city-owned properties located in Darlinghurst and Waterloo for Artists to both live and work from the same premises.

IMAGE: Milly Dent – 2017 Creative Live/Work Tenant (William St)

As Creative Tenancy Manager, Brand X are seeking applications from Artists to live and work in these properties for a 12-month period from late Sept/early Oct 2018. Rent is set at $250 per week excluding outgoings/utilities. Applicants are required to demonstrate a relevant creative practice to pursue throughout their tenancy and identify why they would benefit from this unique opportunity.

6 one-bedroom creative live/work apartments are available on William Street in Darlinghurst, providing working studios and residential accommodation for individual Artists or couples. In addition, a two-bedroom apartment is available above the Waterloo Library to accommodate a small group or family under this affordable housing program.

Each apartment comes unfurnished and includes a small kitchen, bathroom, laundry and bedroom area and a separate space to work. Brand X encourage applications for a diverse cross-section of the creative community including (but not limited to) Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Craft, Music, Literature, Design and Technology.

The City aims to foster opportunities for cultural, creative and commercial exchange that may otherwise not be possible in the inner city. This opportunity will allow Artists a year to focus on their artistic practice in a focused and relax environment to support your creative projects.

An Applicants Pack is available for download below that includes information on how to apply for this tenancy. Please read carefully as it details the terms and conditions and the obligations of successful tenants. The pack also includes selection criteria and what to address in your 2-page application. All applications will be assessed by Brand X and a panel of industry representatives in consultation with the City of Sydney.

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