Arts & Culture

We’re big believers in the power of art – and as Australia’s largest non-profit community centre we make it our mission to support a thriving and dynamic creative scene here in the Inner West.

We’re home to dozens of artists, provide affordable space to exhibit work and ensure we’re doing all we can to support the next generation of artists.

Find out more about all this and more just below. 

Arts & Culture

We’re big believers in the power of art – and as Australia’s largest non-profit community centre we make it our mission to support a thriving and dynamic creative scene here in the Inner West.

We’re home to dozens of artists, provide affordable space to exhibit work and ensure we’re doing all we can to support the next generation of artists.

Find out more about all this and more just below. 

A nine-acre heritage site where wonderful things happen every day – we think of Addi Road as a Living Museum and are working to document and share its rich history in many different ways, including our 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.

Find out more                                                                    

A nine-acre heritage site where wonderful things happen every day – we think of Addi Road as a Living Museum and are working to document and share its rich history in many different ways, including our 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.

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.

Find out more                                                                    

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 here in the Inner West and beyond. That’s why we launched the Public Schools Arts Festival in 2015.

Run annually the festival is an opportunity for budding artists in public schools across Sydney to develop, design, showcase and display their work in a professional exhibition here at Addi Road in our StirrUp Gallery.

Run in collaboration with Drawn to Seeing and local public school art teachers across the Inner West we’ve seen the festival go from strength to strength and each year we get the absolute privilege of showcasing the incredible work of young artists in our community.

If you’re a teacher or student at a public school here in Sydney you too can get involved. Simply register your interest online and one of our team will be in touch.

Find out more                                                                    

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

Run annually the festival is an opportunity for budding artists in public schools across Sydney to develop, design, showcase and display their work in a professional exhibition here at Addi Road in our StirrUp Gallery.

Run in collaboration with Drawn to Seeing and local public school art teachers across the Inner West we’ve seen the festival go from strength to strength and each year we get the absolute privilege of showcasing the incredible work of young artists in our community.

If you’re a teacher or student at a public school here in Sydney you too can get involved. Simply register your interest online and one of our team will be in touch.

An affordable and accessible community gallery located here on site at Addi Road, the StirrUp Gallery forms the foundation of all of our Arts & Culture programming.

Recognising that artistic space was at a premium for our creative community in the Inner West we created the StirrUp Gallery to help provide 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 all kinds of 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? If so the StirrUp Gallery might be just the place for you. Simply fill out our online booking form and one of our friendly team will be in touch.

Find out more                                                                    

An affordable and accessible community gallery located here on site at Addi Road, the StirrUp Gallery forms the foundation of all of our Arts & Culture programming.

Recognising that artistic space was at a premium for our creative community in the Inner West we created the StirrUp Gallery to help provide 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 all kinds of 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? If so the StirrUp Gallery might be just the place for you. Simply fill out our online booking form and one of our friendly team will be in touch.

As part of our commitment to supporting Arts & Culture initiatives in our community, as well as the affordable artist-led StirrUp Gallery, we offer various opportunities around our nine acre heritage site in the heart of the Inner West.

These include a quirky little outdoor sculpture or installation exhibition space called Art on the Slab, on the Gumbramorra Green, and several different wall spaces on our newer buildings and fences that may be used for murals.

If you have a great idea for an Outdoor Art project and are looking for a unique location to bring it to life, think about Addi Road. Our Centre receives around one million visitors a year but still has some quiet corners where original artworks can bring surprise and inspiration.

If you need funding to get your idea off the ground, we may be able to support applications for art project funding for installations/artworks proposed for location on site, to find out more get in touch or simply fill out our expression of interest form.

Find out more                                                                    

As part of our commitment to supporting Arts & Culture initiatives in our community, as well as the affordable artist-led StirrUp Gallery, we offer various opportunities around our nine acre heritage site in the heart of the Inner West.

These include a quirky little outdoor sculpture or installation exhibition space called Art on the Slab, on the Gumbramorra Green, and several different wall spaces on our newer buildings and fences that may be used for murals.

If you have a great idea for an Outdoor Art project and are looking for a unique location to bring it to life, think about Addi Road. Our Centre receives around one million visitors a year but still has some quiet corners where original artworks can bring surprise and inspiration.

If you need funding to get your idea off the ground, we may be able to support applications for art project funding for installations/artworks proposed for location on site, to find out more get in touch or simply fill out our expression of interest form.

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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.

Find out more                                                                    

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.

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