Six affordable live-work apartments are on offer for artists and other creative Sydneysiders as part of the Cityâ€™s support for the creative community.
The apartments, which feature space to live and work, will be part of the cityâ€™s new creative hub on William Street in Darlinghurst.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the affordable live-work space initiative â€“ one of the first of its kind in Australia â€“ showed how seriously the council took local creative workers struggling with Sydneyâ€™s rental crisis.
â€œWe know how tough it is finding affordable spaces to live and work in the inner city,â€ the Lord Mayor said.
â€œOur creative spaces initiatives have housed more than 50 organisations and entrepreneurs in Council-owned buildings, allowing them to showcase their ideas and host hundreds of exhibitions and performances.
â€œWeâ€™re now increasing that support with these unique new spaces.â€
The six apartments, on levels one and two of 113-115 William Street, vary in size from 35 to 53 square metres. Each includes a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, along with a separate space suitable for creative work. Tenants will also have access to a common roof area and shared laundry facilities.
James Winter is the director of Queen Street Studio, a Darlinghurst-based organisation which offers non-profit rehearsal facilities and creative development spaces to artists.
â€œArtists in Sydney struggle with rising rents, pushing them further out into the suburbs and away from other creative communities,â€ James said.
â€œOffering subsidised rent will bring these artists back into the city, which will have a flow-on effect to local culture, business and general liveability for local residents.
â€œAssisting with their living overheads will mean more creative work gets produced in the city. More contemporary, riskier artists will be encouraged to stay, and Sydney will once again be a city of creative thinkers, makers and doers.â€
The City also plans to open up another 14 artist live-work spaces on Oxford Street late next year as part of its long-term creative spaces program.