What is Own Our House?
Own Our House is a grassroots fundraising campaign that allows people to demonstrate their support for the Sydney Opera House.
The Opera House is a World Heritage masterpiece that belongs to us all. Over its 40-year history, it has transformed Australia and delighted visitors through its inspiring architecture and the liberating power of art and ideas.
For a donation of $100 (for an Ice tile) or $400 (for the rarer Snow tiles), you can:
- Choose your tile online and check out the view
- Personalise your tile with a photo and short message
- Form or join virtual tile communities with friends, family and famous artists
- Visit your tile and share it through social media
- Search for other Housemates and see what they have done with their tiles
- Buy a tile as a gift
- Own your virtual tile for the Opera House's decade of renewal, launched at its recent 40th Anniversary.
You will receive a downloadable digital certificate showing the tile's location, which can be shared through social media, and a tax receipt for your donation. More importantly, you will be part of ensuring the Opera House remains all it can be for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors.
For full details of the campaign, please refer to the Own Our House Terms and Conditions
Why is the Opera House launching Own Our House now?
We were overwhelmed by the public support expressed during the Opera House's recent 40th Anniversary celebrations. We wanted to give the public a tangible and meaningful way of expressing their support for the Opera House and supporting our long-term renewal goals.
Will Own Our House completely fund the renewal of the Opera House?
No, but it will provide vital seed funding for the long-term campaign and will be an important demonstration of the public's faith in the "people's house". Own Our House represents our partnership with the community.
Why does the Opera House need the money?
The Opera House is a not-for-profit organisation that generates 85% of its own operational funding. But this is not about funding our operations. Own Our House is about building our partnership with the community to support our renewal. We hope it will demonstrate the breadth and depth of people's love for the Opera House, both locally and internationally.
How will the Opera House spend the money raised?
The Own Our House campaign will first and foremost fund renewal of the building. It will also help ensure that the Opera House is open to everybody, through more free events, digital access and new education initiatives.
How many tiles are available?
There are 125,000 tiles on the available A2 sail, which is the tallest sail and covers the Concert Hall.
What's the difference between an Ice tile and a Snow tile?
The tiles that cover the Opera House come in two types - the shiny Ice tiles and the rarer matte Snow tiles. They are organised into shapes called chevrons, with Snow tiles lining the edge of each chevron. The contrast in how the two types of tiles reflect light helps create the stunning visual impact of the sails. Buy an Ice tile for $100 or a Snow tile for $400.
Will I own a real Opera House tile?
No, in recognition of your donation to the Own Our House campaign you are receiving a digital version of a tile, which can be accessed through an online replica of the Opera House at ownourhouse.com.au.
What does it mean to be a Housemate?
A Housemate in the context of the Own Our House campaign is someone who owns a virtual Opera House tile - either through buying one or receiving one as a gift.
Tell me about the Opera House's Own Our House competition to win a real tile.
Between 13 December 2013 and 31 January 2014, there will be a random weekly draw each Friday for five actual Opera House tiles. All donors who share their tile from the Own Our House "Thank You" page via social media channels (Google+, Twitter, Facebook, email) during the week will automatically be entered. Each successful share in a channel counts as one entry. There is a limit of four entries per donation. For full details, please refer to the Own Our House Terms and Conditions
Can I personalise my tile?
Yes, you can personalise your tile by uploading a photo and a short text message as part of the donation process.
Can I upload any image?
You are free to upload any image. However, the Opera House reserves the right to replace or remove any offensive or otherwise inappropriate images in accordance with the Own Our House Terms and Conditions
. You can also choose to use a generic image supplied by the Opera House.
What will the Opera House do with my image?
Tile content will be publicly displayed only within the context of the Own Our House campaign, including promotion of the campaign.
Are you going to project people's images on the Opera House itself?
No, but you can see people's images and messages by visiting the online gallery at ownourhouse.com.au. Over the summer we will also have special Own Our House pods in the Box Office Foyer, so that people can search the gallery and buy tiles as part of their visit to the Opera House.
Can I change the image or message once the purchase process is complete?
No, you will not be able to alter the image or message after buying your tile.
For how long will I own the virtual tile?
You will own the virtual tile for the Opera House's decade of renewal, the 10 years leading up to our 50th Anniversary in 2023.
Can I buy more than one tile?
Yes, you can purchase as many tiles as you want.
Can I visit my virtual tile?
Yes, we will provide a unique web link so you can visit your tile at ownourhouse.com.au.
Can I buy a tile for someone else?
Yes, you can buy tiles for friends or family and upload a photo and short message. You will be able to enter the recipient's name on a digital certificate of ownership and share it with them via email, Facebook or Twitter. They will also be able to visit their tile. However, an image and short message can only be uploaded by you, at the time of donation. Please remember when choosing the image and text that your recipient's tile, including their name, will be on public display once the donation process is complete.
Is buying a tile tax-deductible?
Yes, purchasing a Sydney Opera House virtual tile by making a donation through the Own Our House campaign is tax-deductible for individuals for the purposes of Australian tax law, whether you have bought the virtual tile for yourself or as a gift. Businesses should seek their own tax advice.
What are the payment options for Own Our House?
Own Our House donations can be made online using MasterCard, Visa and American Express. If you experience difficulty with your transaction, call the Own Our House contact line at +61 2 9250 7000 for assistance
What proof of purchase will I receive for my donation to the Own Our House campaign?
When you make a donation to the Own Our House campaign you will receive a downloadable digital certificate and a tax receipt. You can also choose to receive newsletter updates from the Opera House.
How do I obtain a copy of my tax receipt?
Your tax receipt details will be displayed at the completion of your tile purchase. You will also receive a copy of your tax receipt by email.
Having trouble with the website or completing your purchase?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Own Our House contact line at +61 2 9250 7000.
Will the website perform better on some browsers?
For the best experience on ownourhouse.com.au, please ensure your web browser is up to date. If you are using Internet Explorer 8 or below, you will not be able to fully experience the website.
I would like the image on my tile removed. What should I do?
If you would like your image and/or your name removed from the website, please email us at email@example.com or call the Own Our House contact line at +61 2 9250 7000.
I would like my donation to be anonymous. What should I do?
If you would like your name to be withheld from public display at ownourhouse.com.au, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Own Our House contact line at +61 2 9250 7000.
How can I find out more about the Sydney Opera House?
The Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece that belongs to all Australians. One of the world's most recognised and celebrated buildings, it contributes significantly to the cultural life of the city. The World Heritage-listed Opera House welcomes more than 8.2 million visitors on site every year and hosts 1,800 performances attended by 1.4 million people. It is one of the world's busiest cultural precincts. Visit our website
or join the Insiders membership program
for year-round benefits, including discounts and free events.
What will the Sydney Opera House do with my personal information?
The Opera House will use donors' and any gift recipients' personal information to enable participation in the Own Our House campaign and, in the case of donors who share their tiles through social media channels, the competition. This will include personal details and images being published on the virtual tile as uploaded at the time of donation. If granted permission by donors, we will also use the information to promote the Own Our House campaign through third parties. For full details, please refer to the Own Our House Terms and Conditions
and our Customer Privacy Statement