Pop Up Parramatta

Pop Up Parramatta will transform empty spaces into temporary innovative spaces, offering artists a place to create, exhibit and sell their work.

PoP Up ParramattaWhat is Pop Up Parramatta?

Based on the successful Renew Newcastle project, Pop Up Parramatta is jointly funded by City of Parramatta Council and the NSW Government, and will profile Parramatta as a leader in the creative industries, renew city spaces, promote the region, build and promote the creative community and to stimulate and support creative enterprise.

This project focuses on injecting creative enterprise and creative infrastructure into unused buildings and spaces in Parramatta CBD. The aims of the project are:

  • Activate vacant commercial and retail spaces;
  • Promote the region;
  • Connect, build and support creative enterprise.

The program utilises empty office, retail and studio spaces made available for thirty days at a time. Properties are made available for participants through a rigorous expression of interest process and the property manager can 'take the property back' at any time with notice.

There is a strong legal framework in place which ensures involvement is tax effective for property owners who contribute to lower building insurance costs. There is no opportunity cost to the property owners, and for the creative practitioners it's temporary access to a low-cost space, but with no guarantee of continuation.

Applicants who meet the selection criteria will be required to pay minimal weekly fee for each space, which covers maintenance and insurance costs in addition to cost of utilities such as power, water and gas.

This is a project of City of Parramatta Council funded by Arts NSW.

Expressions of Interest applications are now open to artists and creative practitioners who are interested in running creative enterprises from unused retail and office space in Parramatta CBD.

For further information visit Pop Up Parramatta website or to apply contact Merryn Spencer phone 02 9806 5826 or email mspencer@parracity.nsw.gov.au.

Last updated on 21 Jul 2014