New outdoor public arts space

THE Salamanca Arts Centre has officially opened its new Outdoor Public Arts space after an investment of $200,000 from the Federal Government.

The project allowed the Salamanca Arts Centre to create a public arts space and gathering space in an under-utilised part of the centre.

The project included the construction and installation of timber seating, outdoor tables, chairs and portable shade umbrellas, as well as landscaping, including raised garden spaces and improvements to sound and lighting infrastructure.

Metalwork design and fabrication was done by Gerhard Mausz, while Hobart furniture maker Paul Allen provided the tables and seating for up to 60 people.

Hobart artist Colin Langridge designed his vibrant ‘Escape Pod’, with landscaping design done by PlayStreet to help enhance the music and theatre performances that will take place within the courtyard.

The upgraded space also provides opportunities for emerging designer-maker and artists to access studio spaces, as well as become an educational space for trades and crafts.

“The project has improved the amenity of the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard, making it more inviting to the public, allowing them to enjoy the space, and from within that space, witness a range of art and design practices,” Senator Eric Abetz said.  

“The new arts space is a massive benefit to the Salamanca Arts Centre and local communities and visitors to Hobart, with 30,000 people anticipated to use the space each year.

“This is another completed project by the Liberal Government for the people of Hobart and its part of the Government’s wider ongoing economic and cultural support for the people of Tasmania.

“It’s a commitment to Hobart’s vibrant cultural scene and a commitment to local jobs and local tourism.”

The construction of the new public arts space was part of the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants program.

Community Development Grants projects contribute to the local economies, create jobs and boost the confidence within a region.

To date, funding has been committed to more than 1,400 projects, including more than 490 projects from Government commitments in 2019.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has committed to invest an additional $14 billion in new and accelerated infrastructure projects over the next four years, delivering 40,000 jobs.

The project supported 34 jobs during construction.

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