Awaba House in Art

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Community, Heritage & Historical, News ~ by Press on  27 Sep 2019

Council calls on artists to honour venue’s history through art.

Lake Macquarie City Council is calling on the creative community to bring hoardings surrounding the fire-damaged Awaba House to life.

Three artists will have the opportunity to showcase designs – selected via an expression of interest process – at the popular lakeside destination, which was damaged in a blaze on 20 August.

Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said submissions needed to highlight the historic importance of the building, and its unique location.

Awaba House is an iconic building and has a significant place in the hearts of the local community,” Ms. Hemsley said.

We were devastated by the recent events and hope to see this popular venue return to its former glory.

While investigations continue into rebuilding this historic facility, we would like to honour the building’s memory through stunning artworks on the hoardings surrounding the site.”

Artists are encouraged to submit three designs that connect the history of the site and its beautiful lakeside location.

Council will supply the surfaces the artists will create the artworks on, in consultation with the artist.

Each of the three winning artists will be given $5000 plus $1200 for materials to bring their concept designs to life on 10m x 2m panels, which will be attached to the hoarding around Awaba House. The panels will be created in the artist’s studio and installed on the hoarding in November.

Go to to submit an expression of interest. Entries close on Friday 11 October. Artworks need to be completed by Monday 18 November, ahead of the City Art Gallery’s grand re-opening.

The Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery is currently closed while it undergoes a major renovation. It will re-open with a weekend of events on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November 2019. 

The hoardings are expected to remain in place for approximately 18 months.

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