Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab

Our much-loved performance spaces, Io Myers Studio and Studio One, have moved to an exciting new home just next door to the previous buildings in the Gate 2 precinct. We’ve established the newly built Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab where we’ll continue our strong tradition of innovation and creativity. This name refers to both the building and the activities and people within it. 

Esme Timbery

Born 1931, Port Kembla, New South Wales. Lives and works La Perouse, New South Wales.

Esme Timbery’s shellworked harbour bridges, shoes and other objects are created from wood, glue, cardboard, fabric, glitter and shells gathered from the beaches of the New South Wales south coast. Timbery has been exhibiting these works since 1997.

Timbery’s first exhibition, Djalarinji – Something that Belongs to Us, was held at Manly Regional Gallery and Museum in 1997. She worked with artist Judy Watson on a public art installation in the arrivals hall at Sydney International Airport in 2000. In 2002 Timbery was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House to create Sydney landmarks in shellwork for its annual Message Sticks program. She exhibited in Messages from the Fringe, Birrung Gallery, Sydney (2003) and Terra Alterius: Land Of Another, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney (2004).

Timbery was the subject of an ABC TV ‘Artists at work’ documentary, She Sells Sea Shells, in 2007. Her works are held in numerous collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong; and Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Creative Practice Lab

The Creative Practice Lab is a specialised arts unit within the School of the Arts & Media that supports teaching and practice-led research across a diverse range of subject areas. We manage the School's performance venues, rehearsal studios and technical resources. 

We have resources and knowledge to share in all areas of production for live performance and screen arts. There are many performance and rehearsal spaces attached to the school as well as costumes, sets, props and equipment that you may find useful. We host performances, installations and screenings across the year. Keep an eye on our events calendar to see what's coming up

Photo of the outside entrance of the D8 Theatres building in UNSW

The Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab is Building D8 on the UNSW Kensington Campus. View the campus map here.

Enter the campus via Gate 2, High St and turn right at the roundabout. We are in the building immediately to your left, under the big concrete steps. The entrance is opposite the University Terraces carpark.

We're on the basement level. Enter through the glass doors and down the stairs or elevator. As you enter the building, Studio One and our offices are to the left, Io Myers Studio is to your right. 


There is very limited parking in the Gate 2 area around the D8 Theatres. During the day, paid parking is available opposite our entrance beneath the University Terraces. Free parking is available from 6:30pm in the car park next to NIDA accessed through Day Ave. There are loading zones around the Gate 2 area.