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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Sydney Opera House adds new creative space

There are more reasons than ever to visit the iconic Sydney Opera House. 

The Opera House will open its new Centre for Creativity on January 4, 2022 - a space that has been purpose-built for hands-on creative experiences inside the building.

The new centre will increase year-round participatory performances, workshops and installations, in line with the Opera House’s commitment to engage new audiences on site, in schools, and in homes across Australia and the world. 


It is one of the final projects in the Opera House’s Decade of Renewal, funded by the NSW Government (who do occasionally get something right). 


“The Centre for Creativity will be a place for everyone to set their creativity free" says Opera House CEO Louise Herron. 


"We will offer programming and experiences based in design, engineering, dance, singing, storytelling and drawing to appeal to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds - and, very importantly, they will reach people wherever they are." 


The Centre for Creativity’s inaugural program (January-March 2022) is curated by the Sydney Opera House’s Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning, Tamara Harrison and features a mix of free and paid activities that will go on sale to the public from Friday. 


It will open with House Warming (January 4-16) a free, tactile and participatory installation from award-winning Sydney artist Rosie Deacon, filling the space with a forest-like environment made of colourful, recycled materials. 


Adults, children and families will be able to explore, interact and add to the installation, creating a living site-specific work.


Not my scene, but there you go.


The centre comprises a larger room which can host groups of 50-60 for workshops and 80-100 people for seated experiences when at full capacity, and a second room designed for small group work. 


# Image: Daniel Boud

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