Firstdraft Gallery was housed for 19 years on Chalmers Street in Surry Hills and is now happily installed in a heritage-listed flatiron building in one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs which is emerging as one of Sydney’s newest hubs for galleries and artists. The building reveals itself in a maze of rooms in the shape of acute triangles and overhead, rafters poke through gaps in the ceiling.
This is the first building that the group – one of the oldest artist-run collectives in the country – has owned and Firstdraft’s studio program will benefit from being in closer proximity to an exhibition space. The building was originally a depot where street cleaners would shower, later a metalwork studio and, after a bit of elbow grease, it is now a creative hub complete with four galleries, two studios and a private courtyard.
Firstdraft hosts extended residencies, and a mini-festival program that will invite artists to create outdoor works.