Kiama Arts Precinct

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Where are we up to?

  1. Finalising the new Art Centre designs to submit for development approval.
  2. Purchased the old Ambulance site in 2019.
  3. Activation of the Joyce Wheatley Community Centre as an arts space will begin in 2020.

Concept Plans - October 2019

Our plan

Council is currently working towards the development of an Arts Precinct within Hindmarsh Park, Kiama, our aim is to use new and existing infrastructure to achieve this.

Hindmarsh Park already boasts the outdoor Orry Kelly Stage and SENTRAL Youth Centre (including recording and rehearsal room, and smaller outdoor stage).

We plan to transform the Joyce Wheatley Community Centre into a working artist space with studio space, workshop spaces, and artist in residence opportunities.

The Old Fire Station Community Art Gallery will continue to operate.

However the development of a new Art Centre is planned for the site surrounding the Old Fire Station and the former Ambulance Station.

Vision

Our vision for the Kiama Arts Precinct is to:

  • provide an multi-discipline arts centre that offers exhibition, performance and public use spaces
  • merge world-class urban design with historic preservation and environmental sustainability in the heart of Kiama’s central business district
  • create an iconic public building that celebrates Kiama’s creativity, culture and environment
  • provide an arts centre that will generate income revenues to strengthen our local economy
  • stimulate activity and add character to the central business district and new Kiama East Precinct
  • provide an inclusive artist driven environment that challenges participants through artistic expression and social commentary
  • engage audiences across all abilities, backgrounds and life circumstances.