THE BIG IDEA
Most of the art we get to experience is through a lens of perfectionism. Clinical spaces, polished concrete, predictable pomp. It works for some folks, but others feel left out.
At 107 we cultivate spaces for all kinds of creatives to thrive. Our floors are proudly un-polished, because the truth is, our art has dirty beginnings.
Stepping into 107 is a bit like stepping inside the creative mind. Experiments happen and shit gets weird – but ultimately great work emerges from a rich, creative culture.
So come on in and discover creativity in its natural habitat. You’re all welcome!
What We Do
107 Projects’ philosophy and mission is to improve communities by encouraging people to live creatively. We are committed to the advancement of culture. With a social enterprise ethos, we aim to transform how the arts, business and education engage across industries and with the wider community to create positive social change and connect emerging communities. 107 Projects is an Incorporated Association and a registered charity (DGR-1).
We support creativity through four main pillars:
107 Redfern Street
A repurposed car garage in Redfern that is now a multipurpose creative hub. Focused on providing affordable and flexible facilities, 107 Redfern Street supports exhibition and performance spaces, artist studios, workshop, event and co-working spaces, offices, a rooftop garden and public social areas.
3A Joynton Avenue
Launched in 2018, Joynton Avenue houses over 25 artists, creative practitioners, organisations and start-ups; as well as supporting creative education programs, jewellery making, exhibitions and cultural events.
107 Presents takes audiences beyond the expected to experience a curated multi-arts program that is innovative, experimental, enticing and accessible. It celebrates artistic excellence, the power of creativity to connect community and showcases Sydney as a creative city to live, work and play. Key projects include The New Plot, Hack Sounds, an annual Artist Residency and 107 Objects.
With years of experience under our collective belts, we are able to offer a diverse mix of creative services, including community building consultation and creative staffing.
Where We Came From
107 Projects is the combined vision of seven of the driving forces behind Knot Gallery, The Frequency Lab and Token Imagination. From 2001–2005 these groups operated an artist run space at Studio 107, Hibernian House, Surry Hills. Renowned for its relaxed and welcoming environment, the space was home to a broad spectrum of music, performance, spoken word poetry and visual arts. Determined to do it louder and bolder, the search for a new home began in 2008.
In 2011, through the passion and determination of its founding members, along with the support from the many people and organisations who gave their time, energy and money 107 was reborn when the City of Sydney’s Accommodation Grant Program endowed the collective with a decommissioned car garage, serendipitously located at 107 Redfern St., Redfern.
Here’s what we inherited:
And here’s what it looks like now:
In 2018, our footprint expanded to include Joynton Avenue Creative Centre, the heart of the new Green Square 278 hectare cultural and community precinct.
Joynton Avenue Creative Centre has been beautifully restored and transformed from its previous use as South Sydney Hospital nurses quarters, with many architectural features creating a nod to the building’s history. The Centre will provide spaces for artists, creative practitioners and organisations as well as facilitate creative educational programs, jewellery making, workshops, exhibitions and cultural events. It will become an inviting and welcoming space for the community by providing rich social, cultural and creative experiences for all.