First of kind creative library space open in Manly

Northern Beaches

Splashing paint on a canvas, sculpting from clay, or learning to weave are not things you usually do when you visit the library. But that’s exactly what’s on offer at Manly Library, with the launch of our new Creative Library space.

Manly Library has unveiled a brand-new, purpose-built creative space for the community to enjoy. It’s the first of its kind for local libraries across the state.

The freshly renovated room on the first floor of Manly Library is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am to 4pm as a free drop-in space for artists and creatives. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Creative Library is bookable.

In addition, artists, art teachers and other creative groups seeking exclusive access after-hours can book the space from 4pm onwards at a low cost of $30 per hour.

“This is a fantastic initiative thought up by our wonderful, creative librarians and it is an absolute pleasure to bring their vision to life,” Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said.

“We’re offering local artists and creatives a free space to create, experiment, collaborate, and display their works. It’s a great opportunity for emerging artists who may not have access to studio spaces.

“Our libraries are evolving rapidly to meet the needs of our communities. Libraries are no longer just places to access books and materials, listen to a story, or use a free computer. They are also great places to make and create, meet other people and learn new skills.”

The creative space includes facilities for cleaning up materials, lockable glass cabinets to exhibit works, and a display wall for exhibiting hanging artworks.

Works from the Express Yourself HSC exhibition, on loan from Manly Art Gallery & Museum, are currently on display in the creative space, as well as a selection of artist books and zines from the library collection.

Manly Library will also use the space for a range of youth and adult programs throughout the year.

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