Sydney, 8 April 2014 – The Chippendale Creative Precinct (CCP), which represents over 100 creative businesses in Chippendale, has announced the appointment of Dr Stanley Quek to its Board of Directors.
Dr Quek is currently Chairman of Frasers Property Australia and Chief Executive Officer of Greencliff Realty.
The Chippendale Creative Precinct Executive Committee is headed by President Nicky Ginsberg and consists of several key members of the CCP who represent the growing interests of the local creative community and endeavour to promote this vibrant suburb in new and exciting ways.
CCP Founder and President Nicky Ginsberg said Dr Quek has long been a major supporter and benefactor of the Chippendale Creative Precinct.
“Stanley shares the Precinct’s broader long-term vision of creating a thriving, vibrant and sustained creative industry and community in Chippendale,” Ms Ginsberg said.
“The Precinct is honoured to announce Dr Quek as a Board Director. Both Stanley’s astute business acumen as well as his genuine passion in the arts will be of overwhelming benefit to the Chippendale Creative Precinct and its members in the long-term,” she said.
“With Dr Quek’s involvement with the creation of the Central Park project – in bringing transformational urban renewal and revitalization to Chippendale – there has been a natural flow-on effect to the entire Chippendale community.”
Dr Quek was responsible at the very planning stages of the Central Park redevelopment of the award-winning FraserStudios initiative which gifted empty warehouse space in Kensington St to artists-in-residence use.
The Chippendale New World Art Prize gives emerging artists the opportunity to win a $10,000 residency grant – this year to Andalucía, in the south of Spain – for three months from July to September 2014 with expenses. This year’s award will be judged by two time winning Archibald Prize artist, Del Kathryn Barton and is growing in standing every year.
Dr Quek himself has personally donated $100,000 for the Chippendale New World Art Prize which will be donated as $10,000 prizes over 10 years.
The winning entrant will also be provided with travel expenses and a personal self-contained studio while in Andalucía.
“This is an incredible, life-changing opportunity for an emerging artist to live and work on their craft in Spain, soaking up all of the cultural experiences, as well as joining an international community of other artists in Andalucía, in the south of Spain,” Ms Ginsberg said.
The Beams Festival has become one of the highlight arts festivals on the Sydney Calendar with more than 10,000 visitors attending last year’s one night only festival, opened by City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
“The Chippendale Creative Precinct is incredibly grateful to the benefactor of the prize, Dr Stanley Quek, for making this amazing prize a reality.”
“The face of Chippendale is changing at a rapid pace; in the last two years we have seen a huge influx of galleries, creative agencies, and arts events popping up and transforming the neighborhood. Chippendale is already a burgeoning cultural hub and the CCP’s vision is to model the area as the next Chelsea of New York; a cultural hub where creativity and new ideas can thrive,” Ms Ginsberg added.