Work will start soon on an Australia-first arts pavilion that aims to cement Lake Macquarie as one of the premier cultural destinations in NSW.
The $3.5 million Multi Arts Pavilion (MAP) will host national and international contemporary art installations, digital art screenings and audio presentations, live theatre performances, and music at Speers Point Park.
NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin joined Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser for a sod-turning event last month, with the facility expected to be completed by mid-2021.
Cr Fraser said MAP would attract up to 45,000 additional visitors to the city annually.
“Set in one of the east coast’s most beautiful lakeside parks, MAP will increase local tourism revenue by an estimated $2.5 million a year,” she said.
“MAP will add to what is already one of our region’s recreational and event hubs.
“Its performances, shows and outdoor events will bring new life, energy, sound and creativity into Speers Point Park after hours.”
University of Newcastle architecture student Samantha Bailey’s concept design was chosen as the winner out of dozens submitted through a competition in 2018.
Lake Macquarie City Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism, Jacqui Hemsley, said the project had already attracted national interest and would contribute towards shaping the future of art experiences.
“We want to build an immersive experience that creates a connection between location, art and audience that visitors won’t find anywhere else,” she said.
“MAP is an agile and flexible venue in a high-use location.
“It will be an ideal stepping-stone for emerging artists, and a platform to present alternative productions to new audiences.”
Expressions of interest are also open for two major public art pieces to feature at the venue, including an illuminated artwork to be installed on the exterior of the building and an external artwork to be installed in the grounds.
Visit lakemac.com.au/Projects/Multi-Arts-Pavilion to stay up to date with the progress of construction.
The project is funded by the NSW Government through its Regional Cultural Fund, and by Lake Macquarie City Council.