Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
Visitors will enjoy a digital tour of the refurbished precinct and see rare glimpses of the original timber shipping wharf structure, post-refurbishment, with commentary from designer Jacob Nash and actor Glenn Hazeldine.
Glenn Hazeldine has graced the Sydney Theatre Company stage for over two decades, with recent works including No Pay? No Way! (2020), and Cosi (2019), a co-production with Melbourne Theatre Company.
Jacob Nash is a descendant of the Daly River people, west of Darwin, and has spent the last 20 years living, working and creating in Sydney on Eora Country. He graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) design course in 2005. In 2010, he designed the set for of earth & sky for Bangarra and received a Green Room Award for Best Design in Dance. He was appointed Artist in Residence at Bangarra the following year and is now Head of Design.
The Walsh Bay Arts Precinct – Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 – is where some of Australia’s leading, performing arts companies create and perform their work. The site was a traditional meeting place of the Gadigal people for millennia, and an industrial hub through the 19th and 20th centuries. Originally built in the early 1900s for commercial shipping, the wharves were adapted in 1984 (by the late architect Vivian Fraser) as a home for the Sydney Theatre Company. A recent redevelopment of Wharf 4/5 was completed in 2020 by TZG Architects with Tropman & Tropman heritage architects. This created new purpose-designed facilities for Bangarra Dance Theatre, Gondwana Choirs, The Song Company, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and a new space for Sydney Theatre Company (designed by Hassell), winning the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture in 2021. Completion of the project marks another milestone along Sydney’s ‘cultural ribbon’ – the strip connecting major cultural institutions along the harbour foreshore (from the Art Gallery of NSW and the Sydney Opera House to the Museum of Sydney, the MCA and the Australian National Maritime Museum).