Saturday, July 2, 2011

Art space opens to applause

by Charlotta Lomas {Courtesy of The Bendigo Advertiser}

A new community arts space and gallery in Kangaroo Flat were officially opened on Friday night by Greater Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe.

The new precinct on High Street was a collaborative project between Kangaroo Flat Arts Inc, Kangaroo Flat Community and the City of Bendigo.

City of Greater Bendigo co-ordinator of arts and culture and chairwoman of Kangaroo Flat Arts Inc, Maree Tonkin, said the community initiative was about supporting and celebrating local art.

“It’s essentially about having a community hub where people can view and participate in art,” she said

The art space and gallery, which are open to all genres of art, are located across four shop fronts in the Kangaroo Flat arcade.
The art space is the third of its kind to be established in the City of Greater Bendigo and is part of a bigger plan to roll out community art spaces across the municipality.

Cr Fyffe said it was a fantastic initiative.”

“While we already have the high end of art with the gallery and Capital theatre, we also need a space where artists can pursue their endeavours,” he said.

“The new space will encourage people in the community to participate in, learn and value the arts.”

^ It’s official: Rod Fyffe cuts the ribbon to open the new community arts space and gallery in Kangaroo Flat.
Photograph by Matt Kimpton

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