Space to Create

A residency program for creatives to practice, develop and share their skills.

Randwick City Council is committed to supporting the growth and diversity of arts and cultural activities in ways that benefit the community, business, and visitors to the area.

Local writers and creatives working across different art forms (e.g. digital art, fashion, calligraphy, collage, crafts, drawing, décollage, graphic art, installation art, jewellery, mixed media, painting, mosaics, textile art, film, video, video games etc.), who are seeking an affordable space to practice their art in the Space to Create premises on level 3 at the Lionel Bowen Library are invited to apply.  Submission of the expression of interest for the initial trial residency for 2023 has now closed.

Download the EOI 2023 application guidelines PDF here.
Fees and charges have been adopted following the consultancy period.

The Lionel Bowen Library is a vibrant cultural and social hub, offering numerous talks, programs and creative activities to the thousands of people who visit the library each week. It features an exhibition space, The Third Space (a makerspace), The Studio Space (a recording/sound studio) and meeting rooms that can be hired by community groups and businesses.

About the Space to Create residency program:

  • Open to emerging, mid-career and professional creatives.
  • Eight suites of varying dimensions available (see EOI 2023 Residency Application Guidelines for greater details including suite dimensions, images and fees), you will be invited to indicate your top three preferences in the application.  
    A site visit can be arranged prior to applying by emailing or call 02 9093 6400.
  • Fees and charges are currently on exhibition. You can have your say on the fees and charges here.
  • Access will be available when staff are present at Lionel Bowen Library.
    Monday to Friday 9am - 8pm
    Saturday 9am - 4pm
    Sunday 12pm - 4pm 
    Successful applicants will be issued an access card.
  • Available initially as a six-month residency with potential to extend to 12 months.
  • All applications will be assessed against Work Health and Safety guidelines for the space.
  • Successful creatives are requested to liaise with Library staff, as required, to participate in publicity or promotional events where appropriate and mutually agreed upon.
  • Only fully completed applications will be considered. If you need support to complete the application, please call 02 9093 6400.

Download EOI 2023 application guidelines pdf

Key Dates

Key Dates
14 November 2022 Expressions of Interest for 2023 Residency Closing Date
December 2022 Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their EOI
January 2023 Residency Begins
May 2023 Review of  the program
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