Versatile Conferences in Sydney CBD

Welcome to our versatile conference venue in Sydney CBD! At Sydney Mechanics’ School of the Arts, we take pride in offering affordable spaces for conferences, meetings, and events, designed to meet the needs of your organisation.

Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, within walking distance from Sydney Town Hall, our conference venue is highly convenient.

Our modern facilities, newly installed state-of-the-art technology, and dedicated Venue Hire Co-ordinator will ensure that your event runs smoothly and efficiently.

Whether you are hosting a corporate meeting, training session, or workshop, our Sydney CBD conference venue is the perfect setting to inspire productivity and foster meaningful connections.

Discover why we are the top choice for those seeking a small to medium conference venue in the centre of Sydney.

Conferences at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
Sydney CBD | Meeting Rooms SMSA

Conference Spaces | Level 1

Level 1 of the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts provides the ultimate space for small to medium conferences.

The Henry Carmichael Theatre, is a tierd theatre that can accommodate up to 140 guests. With a small stage and in-house audio-visual equipment available, you can host presentations and AGMs and lectures with ease.

Outside the Theatre, the Level 1 Foyer space is ideal for registrations and refreshments.

In addition, and located on the same level, our flexible meeting rooms are perfect for break out spaces. The meeting rooms are all recently refurbished with fresh interiors, state-of-the-art technology, and new modern furniture. The flexible meeting rooms can be divided with the use of our new sound-proofed bi-fold walls from one to four spaces.

If you need more break out spaces, we have a Boardroom and further space at the Tom Keneally Centre available.

Conference Catering

Conference Catering

When you host your conference at SMSA you have the flexibility of using our in-house catering service or you can bring your own.

Our catering service is flexible and affordable, with options for breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon teas, along with refreshments, and tea and coffee.

Should you wish to arrange your own catering provider, there is a commercial kitchen available on Level 1, available for use in conjunction with conference venue hire.

Audio Visual Equipped Conference venue

Audio Visual and Meeting Room Equipment

All of SMSA’s meeting rooms are equipped with audio visual technology and equipment such as whiteboards. The Henry Carmichael Theatre is equipped with AV equipment suitable for presentations, screenings and conferences.

For a full list of what is included in each space, refer to our individual venue pages: Henry Carmichael Theatre | Meeting Rooms | Boardroom | Thomas Keneally Centre.

Download the Venue Hire and AV Equipment Hire Rates.

Book your Conference at SMSA

To book a conference at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts,
contact our dedicated Venue Hire Co-ordinator to discuss your event requirements.


Henry Carmichael Theatre

Henry Carmichael Theatre

Centrally located in the Sydney CBD just two minutes from Town Hall, the Henry Carmichael Theatre is perfect for your next event, lecture, seminar or AGM.



The SMSA Boardroom is an impressive, professional space for all your business meeting needs. It is available for business meetings such as Board Meetings, Staff Meetings and Mediation.


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