New Arts Venue for Lake

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Lake Macquarie LGA, News ~ by Press on  28 Sep 2019

An innovative multi-arts space capable of hosting national and international shows is proposed for Speers Point Park’s promenade.

The venue will use concept designs by architecture student Samantha Bailey to be the first multi-arts space of its kind in Australia.

It will be known as MAP (Multi Arts Place) and be a focal point for arts and culture in the Hunter Region.

Ms. Bailey’s concept design was one of dozens submitted by students from the University of Newcastle’s School of Architecture and Built Environment in a design competition last year.

Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism, Jacqui Hemsley, said Ms. Bailey’s design stood out for its creativity, its understanding of the brief and its potential relationship with the surrounding landscape.

Ms. Hemsley said that with more than 400,000 people visiting Speers Point Park annually, MAP would become a destination in the City for arts and music lovers.

This contemporary, technologically sophisticated and flexible creative space in such a popular and attractive location will be an ideal stepping-stone for emerging and nationally renowned artists,” Ms Hemsley said.

Pending approval, construction is expected to begin mid-2020.

Designed as a platform for creatives, this impressive structure will become a regional destination for outdoor performances such as theatre productions, concerts and opera,” Mayor Cr Fraser said.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin congratulated Council on the project, which received a $1.35 million grant through the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund.

This stunning facility will allow national and international artists to exhibit alongside beautiful Lake Macquarie. I can’t wait to visit once the project is complete," Mr Harwin said.

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