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Could the Sydney Opera House save Carriageworks?


It looks like Carriageworks might be saved after all.

In case you missed it, Carriageworks entered voluntary administration some days ago. The event space and culture centre has been under huge strain in light of NSW's social distancing restriction to combat the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. With gatherings and events all cancelled, Carriageworks primary source of income has run dry.

But it looks like another key cultural centre is stepping in. The Sydney Opera House has indeed confirmed that the NSW Government sought its aid and has asked that the SOH consider the future of Carriageworks.

A spokesperson from the Sydney Opera House said the trust “has been approached by the government to consult on the long-term sustainability of Carriageworks as an important cultural venue, particularly at this most difficult time”.

Carriageworks is an important stronghold of the creative industries. It has been the home of Australian fashion week since 2013 and a supporter of the arts through many difficult times. Carriageworks champions the voices of creatives, arts and communities in a unique way, giving a voice to both the mainstream and the fringes. Instalations like Reko Rennie's Remember Me or Giselle Stanborough’s Cinopticon are just some of the important works this cultural centre has given light to - even amidst isolation.


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Although Carriageworks is the first of Sydney's major cultural institutions to collapse due to the effects of the coronavirus, it's indicative of a larger trend. The creative sectors are some of the hardest hit by this health and economic crisis. And many of those in the creative industries have been left out of initiatives like Job Keeper.

If you have the means to do so, creatives need your support. We've spoken to members of our community on how we can all best offer support during these trying times. And there are still ways we can patron these industries. The Australian Ballet is serving its performances online and many art galleries have taken their spaces online too.

Here's hoping that Carriageworks will be saved.