Arts & Culture

We’re big believers in the power of art.

Our mission is to fight for social justice, support arts and culture, and care for our environment.

We provide studio space to dozens of artists at 40% of market rent, along with a professional gallery space for artists to exhibit their work.

 

The Australian Research Council investigated a range of ‘Creative Hotspots’ nationally including Marrickville. The resulting report, Australian Cultural and Creative Activity: A Population and Hotspot Analysis: Marrickville (2021), includes Addi Road in it’s creative services analysis. The report notes the Marrickville/Sydenham area has 7.9% creative employment, creative industries are one of the largest industries in the Inner West LGA, and the  Inner West is losing light-industrial space due to gentrification. These factors highlight the importance of the creative spaces we offer at Addi Road.  

We think of our 3.6 hectare heritage site as a Living Museum. We document and share its rich history in many different ways – including a self-guided Heritage Trail, guided tours, school excursions, exhibitions and a growing history collection.

The stories of this special place reflect the major events of our nation – from the appropriation of Aboriginal land to the birth of multiculturalism, with several wars and cultural shifts in between.

Along with the Indigenous, colonial and 20th-century military histories of the site, the history of Addison Road Community Centre itself is highly significant. It is one of the oldest and largest community centres in Australia, founded in 1976 thanks to the efforts of local advocates and activists, ethnic welfare groups, childcare and arts workers, social workers, performers and environmentalists.

More than 40 years on, the vision of a place of opportunity for multicultural communities to thrive and find voice through the arts and culture continues to develop at Addi Road.

The Addi Road Heritage Trail is a self-guided journey through the history of our very special nine acre site in the heart of the Inner West.

Created in 2015, the trail takes you on a wheelchair-accessible loop through the locally-listed heritage site of Addi Road, passing seven information panels and three audio listening-posts that play excerpts from our oral history collection. The information panels cover the most significant stories and historical periods in the life of Addison Road: the freshwater creek; the Purdy family’s farm; the World War One army depot; the horses of Addi Road; the Leave and Transit Depot; the Save Our Sons anti-conscription movement; and the vibrant community centre in the heart of Marrickville.

Heritage Trail

The Addi Road Heritage Trail is a self-guided journey through the history of our very special nine acre site in the heart of the Inner West.

Created in 2015, the trail takes you on a wheelchair-accessible loop through the locally-listed heritage site of Addi Road, passing seven information panels and three audio listening-posts that play excerpts from our oral history collection. The information panels cover the most significant stories and historical periods in the life of Addison Road: the freshwater creek; the Purdy family’s farm; the World War One army depot; the horses of Addi Road; the Leave and Transit Depot; the Save Our Sons anti-conscription movement; and the vibrant community centre in the heart of Marrickville.

The Heritage Trail is open whenever the gates of the Centre are open, but is of course best taken during daylight hours and fine weather. Parts of the Trail are inaccessible during the running of the Marrickville Organic Markets on Sundays.

We’re committed to supporting public education and creativity. That’s why we launched the Public Schools Arts Festival in 2015. 

Held each year in November, the festival is an opportunity for budding artists in public schools across Sydney to develop, design, showcase and display their work in our StirrUp Gallery professional exhibition space.

If you’re a teacher or student at a public school here in Sydney and you’d like to be involved, please register your interest.

We’re committed to supporting public education and creativity. That’s why we launched the Public Schools Arts Festival in 2015. 

Held each year in November, the festival is an opportunity for budding artists in public schools across Sydney to develop, design, showcase and display their work in our StirrUp Gallery professional exhibition space.

If you’re a teacher or student at a public school here in Sydney and you’d like to be involved, please register your interest.

Our StirrUp Gallery is our affordable and accessible community gallery here on site at Addi Road.

Recognising that artistic space was at a premium for our creative community in the Inner West we created StirrUp Gallery to provide an accessible and affordable spaces for budding artists and activists to showcase and display their work in a professional setting.

We provide the space at heavily subsidised rates to help remove the barriers that exist for those wanting to pursue and share their work.

Year round exciting and engaging exhibits and events are held here at the gallery, from our annual Public Schools Arts Festival (celebrating the immense talent of local public school students) to exhibits commemorating and recognising our site’s deep history and everything in between.

Are you an artist or collective looking for a space to showcase your next exhibit or creative body of work? StirrUp Gallery might be the place for you.

Our StirrUp Gallery is our affordable and accessible community gallery here on site at Addi Road.

Recognising that artistic space was at a premium for our creative community in the Inner West we created StirrUp Gallery to provide an accessible and affordable spaces for budding artists and activists to showcase and display their work in a professional setting.

We provide the space at heavily subsidised rates to help remove the barriers that exist for those wanting to pursue and share their work.

Year round exciting and engaging exhibits and events are held here at the gallery, from our annual Public Schools Arts Festival (celebrating the immense talent of local public school students) to exhibits commemorating and recognising our site’s deep history and everything in between.

Are you an artist or collective looking for a space to showcase your next exhibit or creative body of work? StirrUp Gallery might be the place for you.

Addi Road is the perfect place for excursions and educational activities for students of all ages. With room for bus parking, green space for recreation breaks and several wet-weather options, it is a convenient destination for guided tours, discussions and hands-on workshops in a vibrant, real-life setting – Australia’s largest non-profit community centre that is also a nine acre heritage living museum.

In 2019, we are working with local arts education group the Assemblage Sisters and other community-based organisations such as Radio Skid Row, Hobo Gro and Drawn To Seeing to deliver educational experiences based on several themes that relate to this special site.

These excursions are designed to be adapted for students from Key Stage 1 to 5, but are also suitable for TAFE and university students in fields such as arts administration, community development, museum and heritage studies, social work and public history.

Bookings are essential as places are in high demand during the school year. To arrange a workshop or tour with your students here at Addi Road simply fill out our online expression of interest.

Addi Road is the perfect place for excursions and educational activities for students of all ages. With room for bus parking, green space for recreation breaks and several wet-weather options, it is a convenient destination for guided tours, discussions and hands-on workshops in a vibrant, real-life setting – Australia’s largest non-profit community centre that is also a nine acre heritage living museum.

In 2019, we are working with local arts education group the Assemblage Sisters and other community-based organisations such as Radio Skid Row, Hobo Gro and Drawn To Seeing to deliver educational experiences based on several themes that relate to this special site.

These excursions are designed to be adapted for students from Key Stage 1 to 5, but are also suitable for TAFE and university students in fields such as arts administration, community development, museum and heritage studies, social work and public history.

Bookings are essential as places are in high demand during the school year. To arrange a workshop or tour with your students here at Addi Road simply fill out our online bookings form.