Construction on a new multi-purpose arts space in Speers Point could begin as early as mid-next year.
Known as MAP (Multi-Arts Place), the facility will take pride of place at the end of the promenade in Speers Point Park, pending approval of a recently lodged development application.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said it was hoped MAP would provide a focal point for arts and culture in the Hunter Region.
“Designed as a platform for creatives, this impressive structure will become a regional destination for outdoor performances such as theatre productions, concerts and opera,” Cr Fraser said.
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin echoed Cr Fraser’s sentiment saying: “This stunning facility will allow national and international artists to exhibit alongside beautiful Lake Macquarie. I can’t wait to visit once the project is complete.”
Lake Macquarie City Council has worked with the University of Newcastle to adapt concept designs by architecture student Samantha Bailey for the first multi-arts space of its kind in Australia.
Ms Bailey’s concept design was one of dozens submitted by students from the University of Newcastle’s School of Architecture and Built Environment in a design competition last year.
Council’s arts, culture, and tourism manager Jacqui Hemsley said that with more than 400,000 people visiting Speers Point Park each year, the facility would become a destination in the City for arts and music lovers.
“This contemporary, technologically sophisticated and flexible creative space in such a popular and attractive location will be an ideal stepping-stone for emerging and nationally renowned artists,” she said.
The project is funded by the State Government’s Regional Cultural Fund and Lake Macquarie Council.