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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Arts to shine in Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie’s artistic and cultural program will receive a $450,000 boost over three years thanks to funding from Create NSW.

The unique collaborative program will see Lake Macquarie City Council come together with artists, authors, producers and creative organisations to celebrate the city’s cultural scene through events, exhibitions and new art works and performances.

Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley was elated with the announcement and was excited to kick-off the programs and activities.

“Over the next three years we will support creative content and artists through exhibitions and activities at MAC, our theatres and multi arts spaces, creative industry development, events and festivals and expand some of our existing programs, and invest in new work and exhibitions for our city,” Ms Hemsley said.

“We are building a mix of quality creative facilities and spaces where we can host our events and exhibitions and I am excited about what we can do with Windale Hub, Wangi Wangi Creative Hub, the new Multi Art Space and our refurbished theatres when they are completed.

“The real strength of this program and what is at the core of its development, is the diversity on offer.”

The funding will be used to roll out a new live music and drawing program for the revitalised Rathmines Theatre and the new Multi Arts Place (MAP) in Speers Point, a new multi arts festival named after William Dobell, Outdoor Sculpture Prize, commissioning of a series of Aboriginal interpretive art works for the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track, and extending the city’s urban and public art program.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser welcomed the news and was excited to see the city shine through its local arts and creative community.

“Our community loves to come together and celebrate, and our events and cultural programs are an expression of our incredible lifestyle,” she said.

“We know creative industries have been really hurt locally and right across the country, so I’m thrilled that we will be working with the industry to deliver an amazing program over the next three years.

“It’s an exciting list of major activities that I’m sure our community will value and enjoy.

“I’m looking forward to getting out and safely experiencing all these exhibitions and events with everyone.”

The Create NSW Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts and Cultural Program will provide more than $6.6 million in total funding to councils across NSW over the next three years.

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