For nearly four years during the construction of Central Park, Frasers Property and Sekisui House opened three vacant warehouses on Kensington Street to support local artists and performers. These warehouses, which would otherwise have remained unused, became vibrant creative work spaces for visual artists and performers and a much-loved hub of creative life in Sydney.
Called FraserStudios, these raw warehouses had huge windows and high ceilings which made them fabulous spaces in which to paint, draw, sculpt, dance or perform. Studio 10 was a three-story warehouse offering visual art workspaces. Studios 12 & 14 offered a gallery-style space for exhibitions, installations and gatherings, and a rehearsal studio for actors, dancers and choreographers.
These warehouses would otherwise have remained unused during Central Park’s construction phase. By donating these spaces to local artists, we made a contribution to nurturing Chippendale’s reputation as Sydney’s urban art mecca.
Managed by Queen Street Studio (now Brand X), a not for profit local arts management company run for artists by artists, FraserStudios opened in September 2008 and remained open until 30 June 2012. Queen Street Studio managed free three-month and six-month artist’s residencies at FraserStudios, proudly supported by Frasers and Sekisui House, with additional funding from Arts NSW, the City of Sydney and Queen Street Studio. Queen Street Studio ran the acclaimed 'Toolkit' and 'Blueprint' professional development programmes from FraserStudios.
In October 2010, Frasers Property and Queen Street Studio won the prestigious Australian Business Arts Foundation's national Encouragement Award for companies undertaking their first significant arts partnership. More on this, here.
STVDIO ArtBreak: Queen Street Studio
This video explores the relationship between Queen Street Studio and Frasers Property. How the project came together, and how it became a local artistic institution.
Make: Do. April. Fraser's Studios.
Frasers Property Group offered space to artists so it could connect with the community of Chippendale.
One to One
1:1 is a Sydney based networking and creative collaboration between students and architects.
Illustrators Australia A3 Show
The setting up and opening of the Illustrators Australia A3 show @Fraser Studios.
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