First published on 28 Apr 2011. Updated on 15 Aug 2012.
Chippendale is often dismissed as an inner-city bundle of vacant warehouses and shabby pubs, but the suburb is on the move thanks, in part, to the Chippendale Creative Precinct. "The CCP promotes interests of business in the area," explains Nicky Ginsberg, director of the precinct. "We want to encourage diversity, economic development and sustainability." A number of think-tank style networking events aim to expand the suburb's creative outreach by uniting the arts and business sectors. Whether associated with the precinct or not, a number of Chippendale artisans have given the area the facelift it was needing.
NG Art Gallery & Mission Restaurant Bar
Combining fine art and good food, this space is quickly becoming known for its hipster appeal. Housed in the loft of a Gothic Revival-style church, NG Art showcases the best in Australian contemporary practice with a focus on emerging to mid-career artists. Downstairs, Mission's got your post-exhibition latte covered thanks to restaurateur Pierra Potter. 3 Little Queen St, Chippendale 2008. (02 9318 9229). Tue–Sat 11am–10pm.
White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection
Home to an astonishing private collection of 21st century Chinese art, this purpose-built four-storey gallery comes complete with library, teahouse and monthly film club. 30 Balfour St, Chippendale 2008. (02 8399 2867). Thu–Sun 10am–6pm.
Fraser Studios & Queen Street Studio
At the centre of these studios is the ethos ‘by the people, for the people'. This free multidisciplinary exhibition and rehearsal space hosts an extensive programme of artists in residence, workshops and subsidised space for hire. Performing and visual artists, writers and directors come together to exchange ideas and technique. Studio 12 is where the magic happens – this is where you can see Chippendale's creative practitioners in action. "It's clear that creativity and Chippendale go together," says CEO of Frasers Property Australia, Guy Pahor. "The vibrant, authentic cultural life of this neighbourhood is one of its greatest assets." 10–14 Kensington St, Chippendale 2008. (0419 825 895). Thu–Sun 1–5pm.
Serious ink fanatics will be familiar with Tatudharma, an appointment-only private tattoo studio with adjoining street shop. Founder Josh Roelink's vision was to set up a studio where clients could be inked away from the chaos and stress of the shop front environment. Resident artists Nathan Puata, Alex Cairns, Tong, and Rhys Gordon offer customers the best translations of their requests and are strictly against ‘look-book' style tattooing. 23 Meagher St, Chippendale 2008. (02 9699 2424). Mon–Fri from 10am; Sat & Sun from 11am.
As an artist-run initiative dedicated to hybrid art practices, the 'Space's programme includes performance events, gallery shows, talks, workshops and on-site developments. Serial Space is particularly interested in experimental projects such as electronic art and new media. For the team of six artists who run the space, it's all about the development of non-commercial art and the avant-garde. 33 Wellington St, Chippendale 2008.
Upcoming CCP events