Heritage Building to inspire creative talent in Macquarie Street East Precinct

Registrar General's Building

Registrar General’s Building

One of Sydney’s best-loved public buildings is being given a new lease on life as a creative hub offering some of the state’s brightest arts, screen and creative talent an exciting new space to rehearse in, collaborate and develop new content.

The heritage-listed Registrar General’s Building (RGB) within Sydney’s Macquarie Street East (MSE) precinct will now house creative professionals, and feature a dedicated space for repairing and restoring flood damaged collections from the Lismore Regional Gallery and the Richmond River Historical Society.

The NSW Government is committed to supporting arts, screen and cultural organisations by providing centrally located spaces for them to operate and develop new work.

Making the building a shared space for arts, screen and cultural organisations will not only provide essential accommodation support to the sector, but will contribute to the continued activation of the Sydney CBD.

Repurposing the historical building is part of the plan to transform Macquarie Street into a vibrant cultural precinct.

Using the Registrar General’s Building as a place to restore water-damaged collection items from Lismore will allow for these important pieces to return back to public view more quickly, and help bring tourists back into the Northern Rivers.

RGB Creative features 12 cultural organisations including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Haydn Ensemble, Collins and Turner, Endangered Productions, Incognito Art Show, Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Studio Gilay, Sydney International Piano Competition, the Sydney Writers’ Room, Sydney Youth Orchestras, The House that Dan Built and Music in the Regions.

The conservation is being supported by specialist staff from the state’s cultural institutions including the Art Gallery of NSW, The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, the Australian Museum, State Archives and Records Authority and Sydney Living Museums and the State Library of New South Wales.

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Published: 20 May 2022