Firstdraft is Australia’s premier space for emerging and experimental arts practice

Established in 1986, Firstdraft is Australia’s longest running artist-led organisation. Its longevity is testament to the sustained commitment of countless artists, writers, curators and arts professionals who have supported and exhibited at Firstdraft over the last four decades. 

In 2014, Firstdraft commenced a new chapter, relocating to the City of Sydney’s Riley Street Depot, the organisation’s former studio complex. The redevelopment of the Depot saw the distinct triangular building transformed from a studio facility into a vibrant arts centre with four purpose built galleries, two studio spaces, a creative office and courtyard.

Our sustainable model of governance allows us to champion risk and encourage ambition in a professional gallery context. With creative practitioners positioned firmly at our centre we foster a diversity of emerging and experimental practices, people and programs that epitomise excellence and contribute to a dynamic local and global discourse. 

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Nadia Hernandez, THIS IS MY ARMY (ESTE ES MI EJÉRCITO), 2018, Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley
'party''girl' Curated by Ainslie Templeton, 2017 Firstdraft, Sydney
Bhenji Ra and Angela Goh performance at ‘Rogue Agents’, 2017 curated by Auto Italia South East, Firstdraft, Sydney
Duha Ali, Justine Youssef, Body Cartography, 2017 Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley
Kimchi Princi performing at ‘Firstdraft 30 Years’ 2016, Firstdraft, Sydney
Claudia Nicholson, performance at ‘invocation’, 2016, curated by Adonis and Latai Taumoepeau, Photo Jodie Baker
Lisa Sammut, a monumental echo, 2018, Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley
Nathan Beard, Zen Objects (i-xxii), 2017 ‘Transcendence’ Curated by Nanette Orly, Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley