Where to Find Office Desks for a Great Price

A cheap but still very nice office desk that’s within your budget is difficult to find. Cheap desks are simply those that don’t last very long. They’re often made of wood or particle board. Not only do they tend to split easily, but they also have a cheap feel to them, not like those that you find in a well-appointed office.

The problem with finding a nice table for less than $200 is that there aren’t many options out there. The typical cheap wooden desks aren’t made to withstand the daily wear and tear of office work. In fact, they’re usually made of material that’s less durable and likely to be damaged more quickly.

Cheap tables can be difficult to find. You may try looking through classified ads, at yard sales or garage sales, or even auction sites like eBay. Although you’ll get what you pay for, these tend to be difficult to sell. That being said, if you are willing to put a little time into looking, you can often find the best cheap desks on the market.

If you have a lot of money to spend on a desk, there are a few places that you can look for desks to see what’s available. Look through your local home improvement stores. In many cases, they have clearance sales on furniture. These sales are always limited to a certain amount of furniture items, so you could probably find a great desk for less than what you paid for it.

The most obvious place to find a used desk is online, where there are lots of stores that will offer great prices. However, many of these will require that you spend a lot of money on shipping. Some of these desks may come with damaged components, but that may be worth it.

Look for inexpensive office desks. If you don’t mind paying a bit extra for it, you may be able to find a good deal. You’ll be amazed at what you can find for under $200.

If you have a small office space and only need a basic desk, a used desk would be perfect. They’re easier to transport and they’ll fit right in with your space. Check out online used desks, as they’re going to have a wider selection of choices.

Used desks don’t have to be simple pieces of furniture. There are plenty of selections that are attractive and are made of nice materials. Many times, you can pick up a quality desk for much less than what you would spend on a new one.

eBay is a great place to find used office desks, even if you aren’t sure if you want to purchase it. You can always try to look for good deals by searching through the different categories. eBay gives you an option to create a ‘featured listing’ that will bring the product to the top of the list for more potential buyers.

If you don’t need a new desk, you can always look for used ones that are in good condition. There are plenty of vendors that sell such furniture. It’s always a good idea to do some searching online before making any purchases. You can also go down to your local furniture store and ask questions about the type of furniture you are interested in purchasing.

Before purchasing a workstation table, it’s important to make sure that it’s up to standard. You may be able to find better deals on second hand furniture online. After all, you are only spending a fraction of what you would spend on new furniture.

Finding office desks for cheap isn’t difficult. You just need to find them. If you search around, you’ll be able to find great desks for a price that’s right for you.

space

space

In 2014, Firstdraft commenced a new chapter, relocating to the Firstdraft Depot, the organisation’s former studio complex. The redevelopment of the Depot saw the distinct flatiron building transformed from a studio facility into a comprehensive emerging and experimental arts centre with four purpose built galleries, two discrete studios and a creative office space. A second stage of redevelopment in 2015 will see a City of Sydney funded project to landscape the private outdoor courtyard into a shared community garden and event area for our stakeholders and the greater Woolloomooloo community.

Firstdraft is positioned within the Woolloomooloo creative precinct alongside collegiate bodies such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Chalk Horse, Alaska Projects, Artspace and Minerva and essential community services like the PCYC and Catholic Care.

The efforts of past and present Firstdraft board members, volunteers and the continual generous support from the City of Sydney, Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts have enabled Firstdraft to enter this new phase of broader public engagement and further our aim of being one of Australia’s premier platforms for the support and professional development of artists, writers, curators and cultural producers.

Firstdraft acknowledges and respects the traditional owners of the land on which the organisation is located, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. It is upon their ancestral lands that the Riley Street Depot is built. As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning and cultural practices within this community may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.

about

about

Firstdraft is a national artist-led organisation that fosters and creates a professional context for the exploration of experimental and emerging arts practice. We believe that in order to sustain a cultural ecology, we must provide a dynamic and energetic infrastructure that positions artists firmly at its centre. The organisation delivers a diverse range of programs that are committed to furthering critical ideas and practices in contemporary art. These programs include: Exhibitions, the Firstdraft Curators’ Program, Firstdraft Studio Space, the Firstdraft Writers’ Program and a regular series of public programs and live events.

In 2014, the organisation’s former studio complex, the Depot, was converted into an all-encompassing facility to accommodate the development and presentation of contemporary arts practice. The distinct flatiron architecture of the Depot is preserved in Firstdraft’s expansive new exhibition spaces, which feature alongside two studios, collaborative work spaces, and a large, private outdoor courtyard.

Located in the inner-city suburb of Woolloomooloo, a diverse and vibrant creative arts precinct, Firstdraft is positioned amongst some of the city’s foremost artistic and cultural institutions, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Artspace, as well as galleries such as Chalk Horse, Minerva and Alaska Projects, the City of Sydney William Street Creative Hub and Live Work Space initiatives. Together these organisations contribute to the culturally rich atmosphere of this emerging creative district.

writers

The Firstdraft Writers’ Program seeks to foster an expanded arts writing practice, whereby writers are positioned alongside artists as both makers and thinkers. It welcomes writers exploring the intersection of the critical and the creative; the text and its enunciation; and text as both idea and material.

As part of the Firstdraft Writers’ Program, writers are engaged in a three-month professional development program, producing experimental texts to be presented at the conclusion of their residency. These texts can take any number of forms – print, digital or performed; critical or otherwise; responsive to exhibitions or independent. They are launched quarterly at openings.

Firstdraft support experimental and critical writing practices as integral to a thriving artistic environment, whereby writers can be artists and vice versa. Applications are encouraged from writers interested in the poetics of aesthetics, the aesthetics of poetics; event as textual and text as event. Applications from writers of all disciplines, and artists interested in language and writing are encouraged.

curators

The Firstdraft Curators’ Program is an initiative to support emerging practitioners and experimental exhibition-making.  Firstdraft Curators’ Program is a core element of Firstdraft programming with three shows annually dedicated to ambitious exhibition by emerging curators.

Proposals for this program are taken twice a year; successful applicants are offered two of Firstdraft’s galleries and a fee to produce an exhibition accompanied by an interpretive text. Firstdraft encourages curators to work with emerging artists for their exhibitions, however also accepts proposals that bring emerging artist’s work into conversation with more established peers. As part of the assessment process, curatorial proposals that are unsuccessful are automatically considered for the exhibition program.

Past participants in the Firstdraft Curators’ Program include Amelia WallinNatalya Hughes and Todd McMillanGeorgie MeagherVaughan O’Connor, and Isobel Parker Philip.

 

studios

studios

The Firstdraft Studio Program offers artists a responsive space in which to undertake independent creative inquiry.

Having evolved from a program that fed into the Firstdraft’s core exhibition program, the Firstdraft studios currently support both artists from our exhibition program and artists undertaking projects with no fixed public outcome. Encouraging a range of creative practices, the studio program provides an open space for artists, writers, curators and performers and lays the foundations for a responsive and vital relationship between artists and Firstdraft programs and networks.

Firstdraft have one long-term studio for residencies of up to 6 months; and one short-term responsive studio space available to exhibiting artists, writers-in-residence, and for public use during bi-monthly reading room events.

Centrally located, the studios are a 10 minute walk to Kings Cross train station; a 5 minute walk to Art Gallery of New South Wales; a 10 minute walk to Artspace and a 15 minute bike ride to Redfern. Within a 100 metre radius to Firstdraft there is Flour & Stone Bakery, Toby’s Estate, the East Sydney Hotel, and the Cook and Phillip Park Leisure Facilities.

Image credit: Zan Wimberley

public programs

public programs

Firstdraft Public Programs run alongside the application-based exhibition program and are focused on critical discourse, performance and collaboration. Consisting of a program of live art and events that engage with critical ideas around creative practice, Firstdraft’s public programs augment the exhibition program and allow the organisation to generate and support innovative cultural practice. A diverse mix of curators, artists, writers, and performers are engaged annually.

Firstdraft has also supported other innovative artist-led initiatives, such as Serial Space and Peloton, with space and funding to realise their own programs after they closed their doors and will continue to support and encourage other leading artist-led initiatives.

Extending across art forms and with a focus on diversity, Firstdraft’s Public Programs engage and support experimental practice and practitioners and work to foster a vibrant arts community and discourse.

proposals

firstdraft is now taking proposals for our exhibition and curatorial programs.

In this round of applications we will be programming for the July 2015 – February 2016 exhibition calendar. The following proposal guidelines (including gallery floorplans) formulated to clarify the proposal process to potential applicants. Please ensure that you read the proposal guidelines prior to submitting your
application.

firstdraft Thank You & Farewell to the 2013-14 Firstdraft Directorate

Thank You & Farewell to the 2013-14 Firstdraft Directorate

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by firstdraftadmin No Comments
  • Thank You & Farewell to the 2013-14 Firstdraft Directorate

    The 2014-15 Firstdraft Directorate would like to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and passion of the outgoing Directorate of 2013-14 – Wilna Fourie, Andrew Moran, Vaughan O’Connor and JD Reforma.

    It is fitting that we thank and farewell this exceptional group with our first News post of our new website, given the firsts that our shared year (2014) saw. 2013-2014 will be remembered as a period of dramatic change for Firstdraft. We were able to offer rent-free shows to artists for the first time, thanks to the tireless efforts of our Grants Committee, Vaughan O’Connor and Wilna Fourie from the 2013-14 Board.

    We moved from our Chalmers St home of 19 years to build a new gallery space in the Firstdraft Depot on Riley St. The new galleries boast four distinct spaces, two studio spaces, a new office facility and a large outdoor courtyard. The relocation and renovation was a huge undertaking, with directors playing a hands-on (and at times very dirty!) role in the creation of our new space. Although this was a group effort, particular acknowledgement must be given to Andrew and Vaughan for their knowledge, perseverance and patience with those of us lesser handy-men and women. Both were incredibly generous with their time and knowledge, and together were responsible for much of the design and execution of the space you see today.

    2014 also saw the conception, design and content generation for this website. We hoped to deliver a website that was image-led, easy-to-navigate and a point of access for artists, curators, writers and audiences across Australia and internationally. In seeing this vision come to fruition, we must acknowledge the inimitable JD, who went above and beyond the call of duty. His sharp eye, strong aesthetic sense and unwavering commitment were the (sometimes sole) driving force behind the product you are using right now! In his role as Media Liaison, JD also worked tirelessly to build Firstdraft’s profile and strengthen our communications, creating a strong and successful following across a number of platforms.

    Our new space also saw a re-commitment to dynamic critical thinking and one-off events. In driving the regeneration of the Firstdraft Writers Program, launched at last year’s Writers Forum, Wilna was pivotal. Her passion for text, critical discussion and forums to bring these things to life has ensured a strong legacy of these public programs at the gallery. Wilna was also responsible for building our volunteer program into a thriving and sustainable community, with numbers and retention at an all-time high at the time of her departure.

    2014 was successful in many ways. Our fundraising auction was the best to date, largely thanks to the efforts of directors in reaching out to artists, promoting to wide networks and hanging a beautiful show. 2014 was led by the tireless Andrew, supported by the whole team. Our program was strengthened by an increased volume of applications and the improved facilities. The new spaces afford us increased opportunity to program sound work and other mediums. The outgoing board played a major role in shaping and supporting this diverse and exciting program, setting a high benchmark for us going forward.

    Wilna, Andrew, Vaughan and JD together ushered in this new era for Firstdraft, which looks both back on our almost 30 year history and forward to a long and bright future. We could not have hoped for a better group to guide us in our first year. We’ll miss your passion, humour, energy, and most of all your dancing.

    Firstdraft’s back, alright!

michaela davies 04.03.2015 – 27.03.2015

YAWNING ROOM

Yawning Room is a participatory audio/video installation aiming to induce involuntary yawning responses in the viewer upon exposure to the work, thus contributing, in real time, to the environment created by the multiple yawners in the installation.

The work comprises three channel video, projecting six subjects at a time, accompanied by a six channel audio track. The 23 subjects in Yawning Room were filmed as they watched videos of people yawning, and, in turn, provide yawning stimuli for the viewer. The accompanying six channel composition was created from dry and processed recordings of yawns.

Yawning Room is a continuation of Davies’ interest in using involuntary mechanisms of the body as a tool for composition, and participatory art as performative research. An experiment in the induction of involuntary audience participation, the viewer creates an additional layer to the installation.

While the causes of contagious yawning are still unknown, the relationship between yawn contagion and empathy is strongly supported. The hypothesised behavioural response in the viewer is an embodied realization of connectedness- a shared moment of art viewing lassitude.

biography

Michaela is a cross-disciplinary artist whose practice is informed by an interest in the role of psychological and physical agency in creative processes and performance. Her recent work has used electric muscle stimulation to both obstruct and extend human capabilities through the elicitation of involuntary movement in performers.