FraserStudios

From 2008 to 2012 arts organisation Queen Street Studio teamed up with developer Frasers Property in Chippendale for the highly successful meanwhile studios, FraserStudios.

BigHart Gold project Danish students set up at Queen Street Studio 

Big hART's Project 'Gold'. Photo by Arunus Klupsas.

The Aarhus School of Architecture from Denmark set up at FraserStudios for two weeks. Photo by Arunus Klupsas

One of the biggest challenges facing arts organisations is generating enough funds to pay for a space in which to exhibit or perform works. 

Queen Street Studio - which began operations in a space on Queen Street, Chippendale, in 2005 - is a member-based, non-profit organisation which provides studio space run by artists for artists and produces training programs for Sydney's independent performing arts community as well as residency programs for both the performing and visual arts sectors. 

In July 2008 the City of Sydney and developer Frasers Property approached Queen Street Studio's directors Sam Chester and James Winter with a proposal to collaborate.  Frasers Property offered them a huge, three-storey, heritage-listed warehouse in Chippendale, initially for one year's temporary use.

Sam and James jumped at the chance and in September 2008 opened the multi-disciplinary art space, FraserStudios.  This 'meanwhile' studio and rehearsal space in the heart of Sydney that ran for almost four years, until July 2012.