Council and Fringe Hosts Creative Spaces Forum

In conjunction with the Sydney Fringe Festival, this Saturday 10 September will see the Inner West Council present ‘Opening Creative Spaces – An expert panel discussion.’

The two hour forum will start at 2pm at the Festival hub at 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Rd in Annandale in anticipation of the official launch of The Off Broadway Creative Precinct the next day.

The Off Broadway Precinct has been envisaged as a home for Independent artists along and around Parramatta Road through Annandale, Leichhardt and Stanmore.

The Precinct is home to existing independent creative businesses and the Inner West Council is encouraging other independent creatives to join this emerging cultural hub.

For anyone thinking about opening your own creative space, the panel of industry creatives aims to provide some insight and tips to consider before taking the leap into opening your own venue and will discuss their experiences in opening creative spaces in Sydney and in advocating for more.

Speakers will also address what they have learnt along their creative journey followed by a Q and A session at the forum’s end.

Participants on the forum panel include:
• Stephanie Peters- Inner West Council Project Officer for Renew Leichhardt and Off Broadway Precinct. She will introduce the forum and discuss council run projects;
• Kerri Glasscock - Venue 505 owner and Sydney Fringe Festival director, Off Broadway partner. She will discuss the precinct and what she's learnt from setting up creative spaces, working with local government and regulations, taking the leap and taking out leases;
• Skye Rogers - Wyld and Whimsy (Renew Leichhardt store) – Skye Rogers is an author, crafter, teacher and designer and creative retail shop owner. Skye will talk about the ups and downs of setting up her creative retail space, marketing, finding staff, stock, making money, doing administration whilst keeping up a creative practice;
• Jonathan Hardy - Tetch Gallery – Parramatta Rd (Off Broadway) – Jonathan is an artist and Gallery Director and Curator. Jon provides insight from personal experience of his new gallery space, his own personal creative journey, finding property, negotiating leases, setting up venue, building, painting, marketing, maintaining a creative business, creative stepping up and running a creative business;
• John Wardle - Live Music Office – Policy Director. John works closely with the live music sector as well as State and local governments across Australia to develop a coordinated centre of government live music policy across built environment and cultural policy frameworks.

John will discuss where NSW sits for live music venues and creative spaces and what he is advocating for in the future for live music and creative spaces in NSW.

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