Carriageworks is a contemporary multi-arts centre located in Sydney. Carriageworks is artist engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. Carriageworks is a cultural facility of the NSW Government and receives support from Arts NSW and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; the institution has a reputation for presenting large-scale immersive programs. The 51-hectare Eveleigh Rail Complex Yards were built on the site between 1880 and 1889, including the heritage-listed Eveleigh Railway Workshops, the decommissioned Eveleigh Carriage Workshops site, part of, occupied by Carriageworks; the rail yards contain the history of Australia's major rail network. Train carriages for Sydney's expanding rail network were built and maintained within the building and included the Royal Carriages constructed for the Governor General of Australia and visiting Royalty, the first electric carriage, the first air-conditioned train in Australia. From 1973 productivity at the site declined due to its inefficient older buildings, restrictive union practices and increased privatization of carriage construction and the site was closed in 1988.
In June 2002, the NSW Ministry for the Arts completed the purchase of the Carriage and Blacksmith Workshops at the Eveleigh Rail Yards site. Soon after, a construction project on the site commenced under the name of Carriageworks. Adaptive reuse of the workshop site began in 2003 with the housing of numerous contemporary arts practitioners, Carriageworks was opened in 2007. In 2013, over 400,000 people engaged with Carriageworks programs and in 2014 visitation numbers were expected to rise to 550,000. In August 2013, the Carriageworks cultural precinct doubled in size, adding 5,000 square metres to its existing premises in Sydney's Redfern. Major programs presented at Carriageworks in 2013 included Ryoji Ikeda's Test pattern presented in association with Vivid Sydney 2013 attended by over 56,000, FBi Radio's 10th Birthday attended by 8,000 and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia attended by over 35,000. In 2014 Carriageworks presented Christian Boltanski’s Chance, Ganesh Versus The Third Reich by Back to Back Theatre, Tehching Hsieh’s Time Clock Piece, Stones in Her Mouth by Mau and presented by Carriageworks, Concertgebouw Brugge and Tjibaou Cultural Centre, more.
In 2015 exhibitions included Sydney Buddha by Zhang Huan, 24 Frames Per Second an exhibition of 24 screen-based works of 18 Australian and 6 international artists, Siamani Samoa by Michel Tuffery and the Royal Samoan Police Band, Ryoji Ikeda with Superposition, Xavier Le Roy's Self Unfinished presented by Carriageworks and Kaldor Public Art Projects. There are a number of resident organisations, all working within the contemporary arts sector: Erth, Force Majeure, Performance Space, Sydney Chamber Opera, Felix Media and Marrugeku. Erth have been producing visual theatre since 1990. Complex inflatable worlds are inhabited by large-scale puppets and flying creatures. Erth tours nationally and internationally to festivals and cultural institutions providing theatrical experiences; the Erth Studio Workshop, housed at Carriageworks and creates all the puppets, sets and devices. The Felix Foundation was set up by film producers John Maynard and Bridget Ikin, to support the development and presentation of significant new moving image projects by artists.
Works include a work for the fulldome screen, by Lynette Wallworth. Led by artistic director Kate Champion, Force Majeure produces dance theatre works. Established in 2002, the company is based around artists from varying disciplines who create movement-based theatre. Artists include dancers, writers, visual artists and filmmakers. Moogahlin Performing Arts is an Aboriginal theatre company based at Carriageworks. Moogahlin works with emerging and established Aboriginal theatre practitioners and communities. Moogahlin was formed in Redfern, New South Wales in 2007 by a group of Aboriginal performing artists and community workers in honour of the late Kevin Smith’s request and in memory of the founding members of the Black Theatre. Performance Space is an organisation for the presentation of interdisciplinary arts. Performance Space is a creative space in which to explore and experience new forms, new ideas, new contexts of interdisciplinary arts, their artistic focus is on arts informed by performance, which draw influences from across the performing and visual arts.
Performance Space encourage art which explores the intersections between artforms, questions assumptions about the relationships between artist and audience, engages with the concerns of the society. Established in 2010 by Artistic Director Louis Garrick and Music Director Jack Symonds. Noted for innovative programming, musical rigour and focus on theatre-making, Sydney Chamber Opera makes opera with a 21st-century outlook that appeals to a younger audience, it debuts new productions by up-and-coming Australian composers. Stalker is an Australian physical theatre company founded in 1989. Stalker has toured outdoor and indoor productions to remote and urban locations across Australia and to Europe and Latin America. Stalker contributes contemporary physical theatre in Australia across a range of cultural and political contexts and nations, its approach to physical performance draws on contemporary dance, new circus, martial arts, innovative approaches to dramaturgy, inter-disciplinary and inte
Mohammed Ijaz Butt is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in eight Tests from 1959 to 1962. A wicket keeper and right-handed opening batsman, he scored 279 runs from his brief Test career at a modest batting average of 19.92, however he was a capable wicket keeper with a first-class cricket career for Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi where he scored 3,842 runs at 34.30 with a best of 161. For the next few decades, he worked as the director new projects at Service Industries Pakistan, expanding it to one of the largest manufacturer of footwear and motor cycle / cycle tyres and tubes, it has annual sales of Rs. 6 billion. As of 2016 he is a director on the board of Servis Tyres. On 6 October 2008 President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Butt as chairman of the PCB, he has been involved in several controversies during his career, presiding over Pakistan during a time when security concerns—including a shooting incident involving the Sri Lankan tour bus—stripped the country of several international fixtures.
He has made several attacks on the Senate of Pakistan. Butt was born in Sialkot, Punjab in 1938, he began his first-class career against a touring Marylebone Cricket Club squad on 16 January 1956 while playing for Pakistan Universities. Batting at number three, he scored 35 and 97, falling three short of a debut century thanks to the bowling of Billy Sutcliffe and the catching hands of Ken Barrington; the match ended in a draw. A month he faced the MCC once more, this time for Punjab: he scored 43 and 18 as the MCC triumphed by an innings and 29 runs. Butt went on to make several successful appearances in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy over the winter of 1956/57, scoring 225 runs at 56.25 including a maiden century of 147 runs. He promptly toured the West Indies but only featured in one first-class match before returning to the 1958/59 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy where he had a less successful second season: 73 runs from three matches at 24.33, failing to pass 50. He went straight into the Test team for the home series against the West Indies.
Butt played Test cricket between 1959 and 1962. He made his Test debut at Karachi on 20 February 1959; the tourists, bowled out cheaply for 146 in the first innings, conceded a 10-wicket defeat with Butt scoring 14 and 41 not out as a specialist opener. He scored 21, 47 * and two in the rest of the series. Between 26 March and 4 December he played two more Tests against Australia, scoring a career-best 58 in the second Test, he was left out of the team until 1962, where he toured England for three Test matches. He struggled, scoring 10, 33, six, 10 and six before being dropped. Following the end of his international career, despite scoring over 1,000 first-class runs in the England tour including two centuries, he made only sporadic appearances in Pakistani domestic cricket, he appeared in only three Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches between 1963 and 1965. In 1982 Butt was appointed manager for the Pakistani winter tour of Australia, in 1984 the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan, a position he held until 1988 along with the presidency of the Lahore City Cricket Association.
In October 2008 he was named chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. His initial actions were to suggest the possibility of neutral venues to preserve international cricket during a time of tenuous security conditions within Pakistan: "The holding of the Champions Trophy in Pakistan depends on the security condition of the country and if the current indefinite situation prevails further we may consider the option to play on alternate venues." He expressed relief when the 2009 Champions Trophy appeared to be going ahead in Pakistan despite security risks, "made a series of startling revelations" about discussions with the International Cricket Council about merging with the Indian Premier League. Pakistan, received little support as potential hosts of the Champions Trophy, a fact on which Butt expressed surprise, he warned that a divide would occur in the world of cricket should sub-continent cricket tours be marginalised. India cancelled their tour to Pakistan, though Butt was hoping to host Australia after the latter team expressed an interest.
In October 2008 he asked questions of the financial security of the previous PCB officials, speculated on the removal of Geoff Lawson Pakistani coach, from his position. Two days however, he reversed his position by stating he was "duty-bound to back Lawson and to take care of all his liabilities." Shafqat Naghmi, PCB Chief Operating Officer threatened to sue Butt over allegations that the former was stealing official documents. Security concerns did not lessen and Javed Miandad's resignation as director-general of the PCB resulted in traded accusations between himself and Butt at a Senate of Pakistan meeting. Butt refused to step down, attacked the senate as a body with little actual legal power over the PCB; the senate moved a resolution for a change in the PCB management. However, Butt remained in his position. Following an attack on a touring Sri Lanka cricket team in early 2009, Butt admitted in a public statement the difficulty international teams had in coming to the country, but accused ICC referee Chris Broad of exaggerating the problems.