Newtown School of Arts has a history commencing in 1899 and emanating from the Schools of Arts and the liberalism movements of the 19th Century which had at its centre the betterment of the people through education, arts, culture and socialisation. The Building at 5 Eliza Street, Newtown has been kept active since 1916 under continual stewardship of a Board of Trustees. The heritage building known as “5 Eliza” houses a broad-based Arts program that, in contemporary terms, revitalises and furthers the ideas, principles and initiatives encapsulated in the Charter of the founding trustees of Newtown School of Arts.
The Trustees are working on plans to bring the building to code compliance and to restore, develop and safeguard it as a vibrant artistic hub for the next 100 years. The redeveloped site will house two performance spaces, artist studios and a hybrid cafe/art space.
Sydney is in dire need of more performance space for its artists. Many touring productions skip Sydney all together due to a lack of space. Newtown School of Arts has the potential to plug a much needed gap in the market. Whilst there are a variety of infrastructure funding pots available, it is difficult to source these funds for the pre-DA phase of a project. The Trustees intend to run a highly visible funding campaign once the plans are finalised and a model for their vision is in a presentable and inspiring format. However, for now, the Trust is seeking some philanthropic support for the pre-DA costs. We need donors who want to hear our story, who want to join us for the journey, who are inspired by the vision of what this heritage building could become for Sydney artists and audiences, and who will fall in love with the space at ‘5 Eliza’.
Donations will be used to fund the fees and costs of expert consultants to help us get to the stage where we can submit a DA for our plans for the building. The majority of our consultants are offering highly discounted and subsidised fees.
Your donation will be made at the very grass roots level, helping to create a master plan and architectural model that can be pitched to a wider donor pool for support.