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Organisation : Newtown School of Arts

Location : Sydney

Time required : 12-16 hours per week

Duration of project : A minimum of 20 weeks

Sector : Arts & Culture

Posted on : 18 Jun, 2020

About the role

This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in project management, marketing, website development and the general operations of a small arts organisation. It will be of particular interest to someone who wants to gain knowledge of, and skills within the arts/not for profit sector.

As a volunteer, you will provide general support to the Administrator and will be given specific responsibility for a new exciting start-up initiative, The Producers Hub, and be involved in this project from inception to roll-out. As the Newtown School of Arts is run by a Board of Trustees with one employee, you will be an integral member of the team and will have a genuine effect on the day to day operations of the organisation.

Newtown School of Arts (not to be confused with the Newtown High School for Performing Arts), an original social enterprise, has a history commencing in 1899 emanating from the Schools of Arts movement which had at its centre the betterment of the people through education, arts, culture and socialisation.

The current 1916 heritage building, “5 Eliza”, has been revived for the purpose for which it was built and houses a broadbased Arts program that, in contemporary terms, revitalises and furthers these ideas and principles. Home to the Sydney Fringe, visual artists studios, Old 505 Theatre and Venue 505, 5 Eliza is buzzing with artistic enterprise morning to night.

As a not for profit, unencumbered entity, the Newtown School of Arts Trust has proactively supported Sydney’s artists by providing affordable, cultural infrastructure without the need for government subsidy. As the Trust owns the building outright, it offers highly discounted rent and the constitution dictates that the space is purely for artistic enterprise.

Old 505 Theatre and Venue 505 program the pop-up theatre in the ballroom (with a capacity ranging from 65-120 seats) and showcase the very best independent theatre and acoustic music year-round.

5 Eliza is home to the Sydney Fringe who work throughout the year on advocacy for the sector as well programming Sydney’s largest independent arts festival each Spring. They activate the whole building each September and use 5 Eliza as a base for their work throughout the year. In addition, 5 Eliza is home to 4 visual artists whose work is on public display in the Art Gallery of NSW and other national institutions.

Newtown School of Arts is a vibrant arts hub that punches well above its weight, benefiting artists and audiences with affordable cultural infrastructure and discounted tickets. The work stemming from 5 Eliza reaches audiences of 100,000+ year round.

About the organisation

Organisation name : Newtown School of Arts
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.


Please quote in application: Project Assistant via Pro Bono Australia.


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