Tassie's arts scene gets yet another boost

Media Release

FN067/2017

16 May 2017

  • The $2.15 million South Hobart Living Arts Centre Redevelopment is now complete
  • The centre will provide a modern and affordable space for artists, groups, and the community to use
  • The Coalition Government invested $1.65 million

The Hobart community today celebrated the opening of the South Hobart Living Arts Centre, with the refurbished centre providing an affordable space for artists, artistic groups and the wider community to gather.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said she was thrilled that the heritage listed Macquarie Street State School building in South Hobart had been given a new lease on life.

“Hobart has become a world-class arts metropolis in recent years, with the opening of MONA and a range of other initiatives putting Tasmania's art scene on the global map,” Minister Nash said.

“This centre will provide the community with another place to learn about art, see the works of local and overseas artists, and to undertake training.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and investing in arts and culture facilities does just that.”

Tasmanian Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison, Elise Archer, said the South Hobart Living Arts Centre will provide modern facilities and space for casual and ongoing community and cultural engagement.

“This historic sandstone building with a red corrugated roof has been brought into the 21st century with the installation of solar panels and new audio-visual equipment, and will have 35 parking bays on site which will be available for lease,” Ms Archer said.

“This will give local artists a facility to show off their works to visitors, while also providing an environmental boost to the region with the new solar panels.”

“I am personally very excited to see this project's progression, having advocated strongly for it on behalf of the South Hobart Progress Association and other stakeholders for several years.”

This project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($1.65 million) and the Tasmanian Government ($500,935).