Tortuga Studios 31 Princes Hwy St Peters NSW 2044
Tortuga Studios is a collaborative artist warehouse space and gallery located in an old brick factory in the shadow of the brick kilns of Sydney Park. It is a collaborative venture between 15 emerging and established designers, artists and makers, and is located on the fringe of Newtown’s cultural and artistic hub.
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Tortuga Studios is a production house for TV and film, a collaborative space for artists and makers and a vibrant gallery proud to exhibit the strange and the wonderful, eclectic, eccentric, extravagant and astonishing. Tortuga proudly supports artists, designers, jewellers, photographers, musicians and a host of film, TV and theatre artisans providing sets, props, special effects, wardrobe and more.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND
Tortuga has been established by a number of artists involved with Mekanarky Studios, located in the famed Ice Cream Factory in Turrella and reputedly one of Sydney’s largest self-funded, artist-run initiatives. In December 2007 Mekanarky Studios melted in the fierce glare of the developers’ sights. Pooling disconsolately into the gutters of the inner west we needed somewhere to go; Tortuga Studios was born, a new collaborative venture that seeks to provide affordable space to emergent artists and reinvent the collective artistic working space.
JUST IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING
The name Tortuga is borrowed from Isla Tortuga, a pirates’ hideout off the coast of Haiti. Named for its turtle-like shape, Tortuga was a free trade pirate port, outside the jurisdictions of the authorities. Featured in the works of Raphael Sabatini, Tortuga is an elusive place of inky seas and leather-bound land, steeped in mystery, brimming with treasure and ready to be found.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We believe that even in the face of rampant development the inner city warehouse space has a place, providing space and opportunity for emergent and established artists to develop and grow, drawing inspiration from their environment. Tortuga Studios is an eclectic collaborative space, forged with promise and talent and fuelled with artistic passion. Over the last year it has become an effective platform for artists of all disciplines to network, produce and exhibit.
If you can think of it we can build it… Tortuga prides itself in being able to create your wildest fantasies, and has been known to create a few of its own! So, be it an 8 metre x 8 metre false bonfire to be set alight in the Darwin Conference Centre by Ernie Dingo, a waterproof kombi, driven by a scuba driver, a mob of wheelie bin sound systems, a giant cylindrical tennis court or a zombie film set, if you need it we can supply it. You can contact us on 02 9558 9959/ 0418 621182 and find out more on our production page.
A SHARED RESOURCE
Tortuga is a shared resource and our space can be your space too. Tortuga can be hired for film shoots, events, exhibitions, as a rehearsal space, performance space, for training, for gatherings, for a chat.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
Within our space we have setbuilders, props makers, special-effects artists, theatre artisans, sound and light technicians, seamstresses, wardrobe mistresses, photographers, artists, puppeteers, welders, carpenters, multi-media wizards, musicians, DJs, screenprinters, leatherworkers, industrial sculptors, film makers and more.
SPACE FOR RENT
If you are in need of studio space give us a bell and we will try and help. Space often becomes available here and we have our sticky little hands in all the juicy ARI pies in the area! Find out a lot more about space for hire on our Gallery page.
How to find us