The City of Sydney has called for expressions of interest for use of the former T2 building during the first stage of the renovation of the site.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she wanted to see the space utilised in the short term while it was still being renovated.
“This is an opportunity to activate part of this iconic Taylor Square building as a temporary creative/ community/ work space that celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the Oxford St Cultural Quarter,” Moore said.
“We would like to hear from cultural organisations, institutions, or community groups with a temporary need for space for their cycling groups or artistic pursuits, preferably with experience in managing such spaces.
“They will assume the management role and work independently to turn this into a temporary cycling and artists-under-supervision studio space.”
The building will be available during six months of repairs to the exterior, scheduled to begin in a year’s time.
One organisation interested in the site is Marrickville-based Reverse Garbage which reuses discarded industrial products and offcuts by making them available to artists and homemakers.
Reverse Garbage general manager Narelle Mantle told Sydney Star Observer her organisation was keen to build on existing links to the GLBT community.
“Reverse Garbage has wanted to be a part of the City of Sydney for a long time because so many of our customers and our stakeholders live in the area,” Mantle said.
“Pretty much every Mardi Gras float you see is made from Reverse Garbage materials, so the organisation feels a part of the community already.
“We’d like to be a part of the transformation of that end of Oxford St. As a lesbian, I think this is an opportunity to transform what is traditionally our area and claim it back.
“At the moment the space is a bit dead and basically dedicated to drinking so I think we need to encourage cultural activities in the area. Reverse Garbage are in a position to do that because we have all these materials, we have artists and designers who work for us, and we have the expertise.”
Reverse Garbage plans to use the space to hold exhibitions and workshops and is keen to speak to other entities, such as an organic café or a bicycle repair shop, which might want to partner in sharing the space.

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