Men in high-vis work wear, kids in soccer uniforms and international university students have all been gathering around an old piano in Mayfield West thanks to a Newcastle City Council Make Your Place grant.
“The piano in Mayfield West is a wonderful example of how a Make Your Place grant can activate a public space,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
“I’ve heard that it’s been played by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Some like to play jazz, classical, or pop while others just sit down and tinker with the keys. It has improved the ambience near two food outlets and become something of a noticeboard for musicians advertising their own gigs.”
The piano belonged to RCNE’s Julia Brougham for more than 60 years before she and other members gave it a coat of paint and beautified a spot outside the antique shop at 400 Maitland Road.
Other community-minded people with bright ideas to activate public spaces are invited to apply for this year’s Make Your Place grants, with the first round of applications now open to Monday 27 March.
To be eligible for a grant of up to $2,000, a group of no less than three applicants must show how their project or initiative relates to public space in Newcastle.
More information is available on Council’s website.