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Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore MP, Image by Arunas

It’s hard to believe that it was over two weeks ago when Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore and Dr Stanley Quek of Frasers Property launched our archival doc 1,386 days at FraserStudios. It was a fantastic night; about 250 guests and the perfect mix of artists, industry and stakeholders reflecting the collaboration that’s taken place over the last three-and-a-half years to make this project happen.

If you were unable to make the launch and would like a copy of the book, send through your mailing address to marketing@queenstreetstudio.com by close of business tomorrow (Wednesday 20 June) and we’ll send you a copy for free!

Since then, we’ve hosted a week of fantastic masterclasses and free classes, plus a very popular Platform 5 with Linda Luke from The Weather Exchange, a Tess de Quincey Co. initiative.

Last Thursday our program stepped up a gear for the final two weeks, with an informal artist talk and showing from performance trio POST, a highly interactive (and competitive!) game show format night from Tin Shed called the “Tin Shed Camping Tours” on Friday night, and a beautifully nostalgic and fitting tribute to the Studio 14 dance space from Martin del Amo and Julie-Anne Long (with cameos from Heidrun Lohr, Tess de Quincey, Rosie Dennis and our own James Winter and Sam Chester) on Saturday night.

Plus, the Cake Wine Bar opened with a resounding bang, with over 1000 people stopping by Thursday-Sunday to have a drink (from Cake’s very own wines from the Adelaide Hills and a careful selection of cider and beer) and enjoy performances from Mrs Bishop, Joyride, and Future Classic DJs, and jaffles from the super cute Jafe Jaffle Kombi van.

Coming up this week it’s a showing from stunning dancers Venettia Miller & Ryuichi Fujimura on Thursday, an evening of short works hosted by Matt Prest called “Cardio Church Gala Performance” on Friday night, and a very special WHIP IT evening of improvised performance on Saturday night.

All performances start at 7pm and tickets are available at the door. And if you haven’t seen the “Our House” exhibition of current Visual Arts Residents’ work or “100”, a photography exhibition by Arunas Klupsas, they’ll be open daily 2-6pm, during performances and while the Cake Wine Bar is in operation…

The Cake Wine Bar will be open Thursday-Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 3-10pm and Sunday 3-9pm and they’ve programmed some more amazing DJs and acoustic acts to keep the bar crowd entertained… check out their calendar below or visit their website for more info.

This is for a strictly limited time and FraserStudios will close its doors on Saturday 30 June with a final BBQ everyone’s invited to!

Click here to see the full 30 DAYS & 30 NIGHTS program.


30 days & 30 nights

Last week we released the program for our 30 Days & 30 Nights celebrations taking place at FraserStudios in June 2012. It’s our last month in the building and we’re giving the public a final chance to come and enjoy the space, see our artists’ work, and have a drink with us in the amazing warehouse building we’ve called home since October 2008.

You can click HERE to head to our website for all the info, but here’s a run through (we’ve tried to keep it brief):

First up is the launch of our archival document 1,386 days at FraserStudios. We’re launching this, and the rest of the 30 Days & 30 Nights program, with a swanky ‘do on Friday 1 June. It’s invite only, but we have tried to invite all of our ex-residents, so if you’d really like to come and celebrate with us (and Clover Moore!) email julia@queenstreetstudio.com and we’ll see what we can do.

We’ve also collaborated with the super lovely  wine brand Cake Wines to have a pop-up bar in Studio 10 for the whole month of June. Open Thursday-Sunday, The Cake Pop-Up Bar be serving wine, beer and cider and announcing some special programming of their own over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

In Studio 10 our final Visual Arts Residents will present an exhibition called “Our House”; playing with notions of home, domesticity and family. With work ranging from installation, sculpture, painting, audio-visual work and community-based projects, this eclectic exhibition is not to be missed (and well worth a trip down to The Cake Pop-Up Bar which is sharing the same space).

In Studio 12, our archival photographer Arunas Klupsas will display one hundred of some 24,000 photos taken at FraserStudios over the three-and-a-half years. Arunas’ images capture the many and varied transformations of the space and the people who have inhabited it so we can’t wait to show some of his work off!

Strings Attached

And in Studio 14, co-founders & directors Sam Chester & James Winter have put together a program of masterclasses, free drop-in classes, final commissions and showings from some of our favourite Performing Arts Residents past and present…

From Monday 4 June — Friday 8 June, daily masterclasses will be held at an affordable rate of $65 a day with fantastic Sydney artists Kaz Therese, Strings Attached, The Fondue Set, Kate Gaul and Kate Champion. Spots are limited and this is the only part of 30 Days & 30 Nights  we need you to register for in advance. So if you’re a performance-maker, actor or dancer who wants to brush up on their skills, click here for more info or to register.

That same week we’re also offering some FREE drop-in classes from our FraserStudios regulars, not only for performers but for anyone who wants a final turn on the tarkett. There’s Bollywood, stage combat, Jamaican Dancehall & Reggae and Konga… all for free!

POST, Venettia Miller & Ryuichi Fujimura and Wrong Solo have each been given four days in Studio 14 to develop an old or new work, which will then be showed in the space on Thursdays at 7pm, also free. We’re excited to facilitate the creation of work one final time in our beautiful concrete-walled Studio 14.

And last, but certainly not least, Friday & Saturday nights at 7pm will feature Platform 5, curated by Linda Luke, Tin Shed Camping Tours, Double Trouble with Julie-Anne Long & Martin del Amo, The Cardio Church Gala Performance with Matt Prest & James Brown, WHIP IT with Nikki Heywood & Ryuichi Fujimura and The Modern Social, with Anton… a true celebration of all the amazing things that have happened in our space and a chance for you to get involved (sometimes even on the dancefloor!) for one last time.

Then we’ll wrap it all up with an old-school Backyard BBQ on Saturday 30 June at 2pm. Everyone’s invited!

Click HERE to view the full program (and times!) online. We can’t wait to see you in the month of June.

This coming Monday 30 April, QSS co-founder and co-director James Winter will be on a SAMAG panel which aims to facilitate practical discussion for arts entrepreneurs considering setting up their own arts organisation. Here’s the spiel:

Arts entrepreneurs at some stage will consider setting up an organisation – especially if they want to benefit from tax concessions, government grants and philanthropy.

What are the important first steps?

What are the key issues to make sure my start-up company survives?

Where can I go for help?

What are the lessons other organisations have learnt?

Join us for a practical discussion with our panel of arts entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. We will discuss the challenges and share some practical tips on how to make your start-up company a success.

On the panel:

Andrew Batt-Rawden is an emerging composer. He co-founded Chronology Arts in 2007 with composer Alex Pozniak, is on the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group committee, and has worked with the Song Company and Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School in administration and management. In 2012 he was a NSW Finalist for Young Australian of the Year.

Prior to being appointed Artistic Director of Aurora New Music Inc in 2010, he had been a board member of the company since 2009. He is currently writing a book (Business Plan for the 21st Century Composer), a song cycle in collaboration with poet Chris Mansell and is studying for a Masters in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Catherine Keenan is the co-founder and executive director of the Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people opening in Redfern in July 2012. She was formerly a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald, where she worked as literary editor and as an arts and features writer, and in 2007 co-edited The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. She has published hundreds of stories, book reviews and interviews for publications including The Times Literary Supplement. She holds a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University, and has tutored at the University of Western Australia and Oxford. She is an honorary associate at the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.

James Winter is a co-founder and director of Queen Street Studio; a non-profit management team who provide Sydney’s independent Performing and Visual Arts communities with space to create, Queen Street Studio currently manages FraserStudios and Heffron Hall, Sydney.

Since graduating from the Centre for the Performing Arts (Adelaide) in 1993, James has been Artistic Director for Brand X Theatre, D Faces of Youth Arts and Ashfield Youth Theatre, along with Associate Director for Urban Myth Theatre of Youth. James has also worked in Cairo (Egypt) with African refugees on a six month Australia Council program “Out There Everywhere” to establish theatrical and community cultural development projects for artists in exile. James is an event coordinator for South Sydney Youth Service’s Mad Pride Youth Event and has created festivals for Centenary of Federation, Feast Gay and Lesbian Cultural Festival and the 2002 Sydney Gay Games Cultural Festival.

Lew Palaitis General Manager Sydney Fringe


Monday 30 April, 2012
6.00 ­– 8.00pm
Australia Council for the Arts
372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Please register by emailing Lizzy Galloway at info@samag.org.

FREE to 2012 SAMAG members — $10 for non-members / $5 for students

Please pay at the door — cash or cheque only.

Click here for to head to the website.


The lovely folks from Stvdio Artbreak had a chat to QSS Co-Directors Sam Chester & James Winter about FraserStudios. Thanks to current QSS-Residents Monica Levy and Craig Waddell and Blueprint Resident Venettia Miller for their cameos!

Take a look:


Image courtesy of Catherine McElhone

We’re still recovering from the launch of our PeepShowAR smartphone app over the weekend. The weather held out and it was great to see groups of people coming to Heffron Hall to download the app and explore the wilderness of Surry Hills & Darlinghurst. It’s available at iTunes (“PeepShowAR”) and Android (“Layar”… then head to “PeepShowAR”) now so don’t forget to download it and get exploring…

A great many thankyou’s are necessary after the last 12 months of work on PeepShowAR!

Thanks to James Winter, the brains behind the project. May he never look at a .csv file again.

Thanks to our co-creators MOB Labs and Righteye Creative, to City of Sydney and Art & About, to our media partners Lost at E Minor, THE BRAG, and FBi Radio, to our “secret location” Chingalings, Bourke Street Bakery and Meg Hewitt of Kawa & The Goods Cafe for making noms happen at the after party, to Vashti Hughes (Mum’s In) & On The Stoop and LIDS & Bettina Holmes for performing.

Thanks also to Arunas Photography for his snaps on Saturday and Catherine McElhone for capturing all the launch party fun. Those photos will be up on our facebook & website shortly.

Thank you to all Queen Street staff, board and interns. We could not have done it without you.

Check out this great coverage of PeepShowAR on InsideoutTV:

PeepshowAR is now up and running for public use and we really encourage you to get lost in the 2010 postcode every now and then, as the application will be updated and modified in the future with new content.

Click here to find PeepShowAR in the iTunes store.

After a highly acclaimed first season, the dark comedy cabaret Mum’s In: Stories of Razorhurst will be back on stage soon at the Kings Cross Hotel from 25 October — 17 November!

Directed by Queen Street Studio’s very own co-director James Winter and starring the fabulous Vashti Hughes, don’t miss this one-woman performance piece which lifts the veil on Sydney’s Razor Gang Era (and beat Underbelly to it too…) featuring the notorious gangster characters of Kate Leigh, Tilly Devine, Frank Green, Nellie Cameron and Guido Caletti.

Enjoy a (violent) sneak peek at the show below with the clip introducing “Frank ‘the little gunman’ Green”.

For information on the show including location and tickets click here to visit the Mum’s In website.

Queen Street Studio is super chuffed to announce that Creative Sydney have asked our co-founder and director James Winter to take part in a debate at the Museum Of Contemporary Art on Saturday 11 June.

The debate — “Is Sydney pricing creativity out of the picture?” — promises to ask and explore the tough questions facing artists in this city everyday:can artists and creatives still afford to call Sydney home? Is the city’s prosperity coming at the expense of its’ creative energy? What can we do about it?

It promises to explore the challenges facing filmmakers, musicians, artists, designers, architects and digital producers in trying to launch and run innovative projects in Sydney and introduce the people who are finding creative solutions (that’s where James comes in to the picture!)

The first round of tix for Creative Sydney events were snapped up in very little time at all, so jump online tomorrow at 9am when registrations open for this debate and the rest of Creative Sydney’s fantastic MCA program taking place on the June long weekend (10–12 June).

For more information about Creative Sydney (which is the super awesome FREE component of Vivid Sydney) click here to visit their website.


Week Two of Brand Spanking New, a celebration of new Australian writing run by QSS’ Programs Coordinator Augusta Supple, opens at the New Theatre tonight!

Last week’s BSN, which included a piece directed by QSS’ James Winter, set a super high standard and got great reviews at Side Street Sydney, James Waites, Stage Whispers, Aussie Theatre and Crikey

Well done to everyone involved!

This week’s show includes new work by QSS’ ex-Off The Shelfer and Sydney Fringe Award-winning Alli Sebastian Wolf (her piece is directed by fellow QSS’ member Scarlet McGlynn and it’s pretty darn fantastic), as well as Donna Abela, Caleb Lewis, Suzie Miller, Catherine Zimdahl, Alison Rooke (also from Off The Shelf), Alana Valentine, Tim Spencer and Ian Wilding. Wowzer!

I got a sneak peek at dress rehearsal last night and it’s well worth seeing.

Watch the BSN Time Lapse!

Check out this fantastic time lapse of the BSN Bump In & Week Two Dress from Leah McGirr, featuring a beautiful composition from Rosie Chase, captivating choreography from our own Sam Chester, lighting design by Miles Thomas, set design by Paul Matthews, plus twenty fabulous actors and some fantastic behind-the-scenes crew.

I guess you’ll just have to come along to the New Theatre this week (BSN is on ’til Saturday) and see it for yourself.

Generator SeriesOn Thursday night, I was invited to speak at the Generator Series — a forum run by Leichhardt Council to determine ways in which their Town Halls could be better utilised. Once the centre of activity for local communities, Town Halls now lay dormant and unused. These are valuable resources, especially for artists that struggle to find space to practice, exhibit or present their work. Hosted by Jay Katz and Miss Death, I was able to suggest ways in which these venues could be more accessible to local performing artists including employing an artist to program and commission a series of performance residencies leading to performance outcomes, upgrading power, installing lighting rigs, allow for better loading access and improve sound infrastructure. I think a series like this is exciting for Sydney as it indicates that local governments are turning to artists to reinvigorate community space. If these recommendations are taken on board, then there will be more spaces for artists to work. These halls are amazing and beautiful — so there should be no excuse as to why they are dark.

Brand Spanking NewQueen Street Studio is sending a big load of cyber love and wishes to Brand Spanking New 2010 which opens at the New Theatre tonight! QSS’ Augusta Supple, Julia Lenton, Sammi Chester & James Winter are all involved.

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