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.

Jeff McCann – 2018 Creative Live Work Tenant (William St). Photo: Katherine Griffiths / City of Sydney

As Creative Tenancy Manager, Brand X are seeking applications from Artists to live and work in these properties for a 12-month period from early November 2019. 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 encourages applications from a diverse cross-section of the creative community including (but not limited to) Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Film, Music, Literature, Craft, 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 an affordable and relax environment, supporting their creative projects.

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants are required to attend a property inspection in order to submit an eligible application. If you were unable to attend the scheduled inspections on August 3, 5 and 7, you’ll need to indicate this in your application.

A copy of the lease, special conditions and the Applicants Pack which includes information on how to apply are available for download below. Please read all documents carefully as they detail the terms, conditions and your obligations if successful for a tenancy. 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 sector representatives in consultation with the City of Sydney.

Please forward all program inquiries to:
Applications must be emailed to: