Extend art gallery first

ROSS Holland has appealed to Coffs Harbour City Council to look at building an enlarged art gallery as the first stage of the city’s new cultural building program.

In the first public address for 2010, Dr Holland told councillors a new art gallery of around 2000 square metres could be constructed for $6-$7 million, compared to the estimated $30 million cost of a new performing arts centre.

He said a step-wise plan with the gallery as the first stage made financial sense and would deliver dividends in encouraging both domestic and international cultural tourism.

He said the present gallery was manifestly inadequate and a new gallery also offered a possible regional home for an indigenous arts centre, either through a dedicated indigenous arts gallery space or through a separate co-located indigenous art gallery.

Other councils like Dubbo, Lismore and Maitland are substantially funding galleries costing $6-$8 million.

Dr Holland, who is involved with both the visual and performing arts groups in Coffs Harbour, said the minutes of Cr Denise Knight’s December 17, performing arts centre motion did not mention the visual arts.

On December 17 Cr Denise Knight moved that they did not mention the visual arts.

Feasibility study and needs assessment for a performing arts centre needed to be revisited and a council working group formed to oversee the development of the project.



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