Posted October 14, 2018 08:10:01 The South Australian Government has announced it will provide $50 million over three years to support the creation of a community arts and cultural centre in Perth.
Key points:The project will be funded through a new grant programThe new community centre will open to the public in 2020The state’s first community arts, cultural and heritage centre is expected to be operational in 2021Community Arts Perth, the new community-led arts and heritage facility, will open in 2021 and will be the first community-based arts centre built in Australia.
It will open on the Gold Coast, a location which has long been considered to be Australia’s most deprived, with poverty rates of nearly 50 per cent and high unemployment rates.
The new project will bring together local artists and artisans with industry leaders, artists, art dealers, museums and community organisations to create a vibrant space for community engagement.
The facility is expected see about 25 to 30 artists and a range of cultural activities in the years ahead.
“This is a great opportunity for people to come together, share their creativity and learn together,” SA Government Minister and Industry Minister Paul Hanifin said.
“The Gold Coast has a rich history of arts and culture, and we know that it will be one of our strongest assets as we build the future of the South Australian economy.”
Mr Hanifine said the facility would bring together a range to the community, and it would open to a public in 2021.
“It will be an open-air space, and people will be able to come and see and experience what is happening in the community and the cultural and artistic world around them,” he said.
The State Government has invested about $1 billion into South Australia’s arts and community infrastructure since it was created in 2013.
The Community Arts Centre is set to open to residents of the Perth area in 2021, and to the general public in 2021.
“Community arts and arts and art in communities is one of the key drivers of economic growth and prosperity in this state, and one of its key assets is the growth of our arts and the arts in communities,” Mr Hanifi said.
He said the project was expected to generate about $300 million in economic activity in the region and create more than 150 jobs.
The Government has been working closely with the community in developing the plan and the new facility.
“We know there are people who have been waiting for this opportunity to open and we have been working with community leaders and arts organisations, and they have been very supportive of the project,” Mr Hawke said.
Topics:government-and-politics,community-and.work,perth-6000,perry-5015,wa,south-australiaFirst posted October 13, 2018 07:05:58More stories from South Australia