Studios as fertile ground for mid-career desert

A model for artists’ studios in Western Sydney shifts the paradigm from mere workspace to career catalyst – at a time when artists most need it.
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Tom Blake in his studio (2019), Photo Andrew Vincent Photography

Visiting Parramatta Artists’ Studios, one is hardly surprised that the view from every window of this converted inner city office block is a horizon of cranes, gaping foundations, and hi-vis-clad tradies. Parramatta is booming, and so is its cultural fabric.

Parramatta Artists’ Studios (PAS) was established in 2006, moving to its current location in the CBD in 2012. 14 studios are occupied by artists at all stages of their careers, with a strong agenda on ushering them into the mature stage of their profession.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina