Major new arts precinct opens at last

After three years of construction and exceeding its original estimated cost, one of Australia’s most significant arts precincts is ready to open its doors.
Interior to exterior view of a venue overlooking Sydney harbor

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is located on Sydney Harbour, and is a former wharf built in the early 1800s as a docking point for shipping of both goods and passengers.

The 1980s marked its metamorphosis into an arts precinct, when its viability as a dock was waning and some of its spaces were transformed into studios for the Sydney Theatre Company (STC), who moved in in 1985.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).