With the final design complete and tenders for construction slated to be called this month, Singleton Council is encouraging their community to get creative about the potential exhibitions and activities they’d like to see for the new Arts and Culture Centre.
Funded in partnership between Singleton Council and a $2.787million Create NSW grant, the $4.08 million project will be built adjacent to the Singleton Visitor Information Centre, café and existing facilities, in keeping with Townhead Park MasterPlan.
And with the next phase of the children’s playground also slated for construction, the new centre will help to realise Townhead Park as a hub for recreation and play, visitors, the arts, and culture.
Vicki Brereton, Council’s Director Organisation and Community Capacity said there had been considerable community input into the design for the arts and culture centre, and Council was keen to open conversations about the potential uses for the space – as well as find a name for the building.
People are invited to meet with Council staff at a special drop-in session at Townhead Park on Sunday 13 September 2020 between 9am and 11am, as well as take up a range of other opportunities including a tour of the site with Council’s Specialist Arts and Culture.
“Townhead Park is transforming as a cultural destination for the arts and creative enterprise, and a place for residents and visitors alike,” Ms Brereton said.
“We are very much looking forward to building a space for our community that delivers on our vision for the enhancement of arts and culture activities in Singleton, and that reflects our region’s important cultural identity.
“The final design includes more than 200m2 of gallery space, two artists’ studios including a wet space and digital space, work room and storage.
“The building will connect to the existing Visitor Information Centre via an entrance court that will also be a space for sculptural artworks and a place for people to meet.”
Ms Brereton said it was vital that the community was involved in the use of the space.
“These conversations are really important, and we’ve tried to make staff available to meet with as many people as possible, taking into consideration COVID-19 requirements,” she said.
“We’d love for people to come and see us at Townhead Park on Sunday between 9am and 11am, or anyone interested can email us about taking a tour of the site with our Specialist Arts and Culture to hear firsthand about the vision for the building, and to let us know your ideas for exhibitions or activities that will be held there.
“We’re also inviting ideas for the name of the building, and you can let us know all your thoughts via an online survey.
“We don’t want the concept of arts and culture to put people off. We’re all participants in arts and culture, and whether you have a burning desire for a retro kitchen appliance exhibition, a showcase of beer labels or a hankering to view the Archibald Prize winning painting, we want to know about it so we can start working on the programs that will run out of the building.”
How to get involved:
If you have a suggestion for the name for the Singleton Arts and Culture Centre, or ideas for exhibitions or activities to utilise the space, head to https://mysay.is/TownheadPark
Guided tours of the Arts and Culture Centre site with Council’s Arts + Culture Specialist are available on request — email firstname.lastname@example.org with Arts + Culture tour in the subject line by 20 September
Come along to a community drop-in session at Townhead Park on Sunday 13 September 2020 between 9am – 11am.
For more information about the project, visit singleton.nsw.gov.au/artsandculturecentre
Media release and image are courtesy of the Singleton Council