The Tin Sheds Art Workshop began in early 1969 as an independent art studio, a creative space for artistic experimentation and the development of studio based contemporary visual arts practice, to complement (or possibly counter) the theory-based visual arts teaching of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sydney. Initially set up in an "uninstitutionalised space" between the The Wilkinson Building and the Wentworth Building (near City Road), the Tin Sheds developed independently, and became the working studios of practicing artists, students, activists and art collectives. The Tin Sheds Art Workshop programmes and studios were later integrated with the teaching programmes of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney.
In 2012, the Tin Sheds Art Workshop is a studio practice-based visual arts unit attached to the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. The art workshops are open to University of Sydney students from any discipline, department or faculty. The Art Workshop programmes provide students in architecture and the wider University with the opportunity to work under the direction of professional practising artists.
For further information on the history of the Tin Sheds Art Workshops refer to Therese Kenyon's book Under a hot tin roof: art, passion and politics at the Tin Sheds art workshop (Sydney, 1995).