Today Carriageworks has unveiled a new artist residency program, which will be housed in its Clothing Store building. Located to the west of the main Carriageworks site, the two-storey storehouse will become The Clothing Store Artist Studios; the working home of seven hand-picked artists and one design practice.

The Clothing Store residency will run for just 12 months – future plans for the building are yet to be decided on. The program features a number of local heavyweights and young and emerging artists.

The seven selected artists are Nell, Tony Albert, Mikala Dwyer, Samuel Hodge, Tully Arnot, Claudia Nicholson and Phaptawan Suwannakudt. Bondi-based Other Architects has also secured a spot. The program will be interactive; artists and creatives will participate in public workshops, an open studio and other public events.

“We wanted to get a broad mix of both emerging and established artists,” says Carriageworks director Lisa Havilah. Applications were assessed on “what the residency program could bring to the artists’ practice, the quality of their work, and their design of a community-based workshop”.

A great part of the appeal of the Eveleigh arts precinct is its cavernous industrial hallways, vaults and repurposed warehouses – though the heritage-listed Clothing Store building has been relatively unused since the revitalisation of the Eveleigh Rail Yards in 2003. Its refurbishment was carried out by Carriageworks in partnership with UrbanGrowth NSW, the NSW Government’s urban transformation agency.

Details of the public program are due to be announced mid-May.