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Creative Spaces

  • Are you an arts tutor looking for a teaching venue?
  • Are you an artist looking for exhibition space? 
  • Are you part of a drama group looking for rehearsal or tuition space? 
  • Are you a musician, group or even an orchestra looking for a place to rehearse or perform? 
  • Or perhaps you’re looking for a venue for hosting a cultural event?

Whatever your interest in the arts and culture, on these pages you’ll find a selection of venues in the City of Ryde area offering quality spaces that are specially suited to arts and cultural activities. Some are very accessible, within easy reach of transport, cafes and shops while others are in picturesque and secluded locations for those needing to get away and create in some quiet space.

All are reasonably priced as Council has negotiated with the venues for a cost recovery price for arts groups. Many of the venues also offer optional extras like stages and dressing rooms, audio-visual systems and other specialist equipment like dance mirrors or hanging mechanisms for artworks.

Contact details and, where available, websites and maps are provided for each site. Get in touch with the venue operators directly to find out more, check availability or arrange a site visit.

Exhibition Space

Brush Farm House
Brush Farm House is one of Australia’s oldest houses, dating back to the early days of the Colony. It was converted into an Art Gallery in 2004 and enjoys a range of other arts and cultural uses. A range of facilities suited to a wide range of activities are available.

Insideout Gallery - Macquarie Hospital
A professional gallery space for developing and established local artists.

Macquarie University Art Gallery
Professional art gallery.

See Street Gallery, Meadowbank College (TAFE)
A purpose built exhibition space.

Rehearsal Space

Courtyard Studio - Macquarie University Sport & Aquatic Centre
A bright and airy, modern space with good acoustics, overlooking an attractive grassed courtyard.

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre
A versatile, modern and quiet space in a secluded bush setting.

Marsden High School
Large hall with stage and additional mezzanine seating.

North Ryde Public School
Medium size hall with a large stage.

Eastwood Heights Public School
Medium size hall with a large stage.

Performance Space

Lighthouse Theatre
Theatre space - 150 to 300 people. 

Marsden High School
Large hall with stage and additional mezzanine seating - 600 people.

North Ryde School of Arts Hall
Large hall with stage - 400 people.

Civic Hall
Large hall with stage - 700 people.


Note for voluntary groups: If you’re a volunteer arts or cultural group looking for creative space, Council may be able to assist. For more information please contact Council's Senior Community Planner on 9952 8222.


Last updated on 28 November 2017