The contemporary arts centre at Carriageworks was a major redevelopment by the NSW Government. Carriageworks is located in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards, within the emerging Redfern Waterloo precinct.
Carriageworks is the largest scale multi-arts organisation of its kind in Australia and its vision is to be recognized as a multi-arts urban cultural precinct that engages and inspires Sydney’s culturally diverse communities. It produces and presents a varied, multi-disciplinary program that explores contemporary ideas and issues by working with local and international artists from a range of cultures and communities, attracting over 400,000 each year.
It offers two large flexible theatre spaces (one 800 seat capacity and one 300 seat capacity), a smaller space used as a gallery, three rehearsal rooms, a scenery construction workshop, exhibition spaces, offices, a bar and cafe.
The centre is managed by Carriageworks Ltd and is a working hub for practitioners and audiences of the small to medium arts sector.
Carriageworks Ltd also manages Bays 22-24 (located at the western end of the building), this raw space is available for hire for special events, in particular for creative industries and arts and cultural activities.
Adding to the rich cultural atmosphere at Carriageworks are a number of resident organisations, all working within the contemporary arts sector. Current resident organisations include;