Creative transformation for Geelong
Geelong’s creative industries will be further inspired to transform spaces into cultural hubs as part of new initiatives supported by the State Government.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens today (22 March 2018) visited the Geelong Performing Arts Centre to announce new $250,000 in funding to support the local creative sector.
The money will support both the Creative Geelong and Renew Geelong programs over the next two years.
Creative Geelong will receive $100,000 to develop and expand the impact of its Makers Hub in Centrepoint Arcade.
The Makers Hub has become a much-loved collaborative space for Geelong’s creative community – made up of a range of workshops, studios and creative spaces for artists and community groups.
It also creates opportunities for Victorians of all ages to develop their skills and ideas.
Renew Australia will receive $150,000 to deliver the Renew Geelong program – which works with the community to turn vacant, under-utilised properties into creative spaces where local artists can thrive.
Creative Geelong and Renew Geelong will work in collaboration to deliver economic, social and cultural benefits to the local community. Both projects have been backed by the City of Greater Geelong.
Minister Foley also introduced the new Chair of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust, Lesley Alway, one of Australia’s most experienced cultural leaders.
Geelong’s design credentials were internationally recognised last year after the city was named a UNESCO City of Design.
“Geelong has quickly established its reputation as one of our state’s great cultural hubs – and the future couldn’t be brighter,” Minister Foley said.
“The town’s creative industries are quickly gaining momentum, and we’re proud to be supporting these new initiatives to unlock new creative spaces and help local artists shine.”
City of Greater Geelong Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy said his council was proud to back independent projects, local creative industries and artists bringing "colour and life" to the Geelong CBD.
Source: A state government media release