Redfern and Waterloo - Arts and Culture


Carriageworks in Redfern

Housed in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards at Wilson Street in Redfern, Carriageworks is a multi-venue space for the performing and visual arts. The distinctive nineteenth century industrial atmosphere of the former railway carriage and blacksmith workshops have been retained, and there's also a restaurant and bar onsite. 

  • Carriageworks, Redfern
  • Ambush Gallery, Redfern

What's on in Redfern and Waterloo

Carriageworks, Redfern

The inner-city enclaves of Redfern and Waterloo have rapidly evolved from their origins as traditional workers’ estates to become one of Sydney’s prime creative hubs. There are now a flourishing number of galleries and performance spaces as well as a particularly vibrant visual and performing arts community.

The redeveloped rail-yards known as Carriageworks reside at the forefront, housing one of Australia's most significant multimedia and multi-platform performance spaces. Repurposed around a 19th century façade of carriage-yards and blacksmith workshops, this large area is now known for showcasing compelling, challenging and socially aware exhibits and shows. There's always something interesting on, from immersive installations to outdoor physical theatre and live works to dance and performing arts. The program is artist-led and driven by the Carriageworks' commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity.

Redfern and Waterloo are also populated by a series of independent galleries. There’s Janet Clayton Gallery, which shows challenging works from emerging and established artists. Ambush Gallery, both commercial and philanthropic in character, is a progressive gallery specialising in contemporary Australian art, and at Utopia you can see unique works from Indigenous and non-indigenous Australian artists.

Set within the food and arts precinct of Waterloo, the cutting-edge arts hub of 2 Danks Street features eight galleries showcasing Australian and international contemporary art. The complex was established in 2001 and was developed by the arts patron Leo Christie. You can see limited edition pieces and commissioned work at Studio 20/17, situated in the 2 Danks Street complex, which is committed to using recycled gold and silver metals, and also supports other contemporary jewellery artists.