KEMPSEY'S Slim Dusty Centre is among 60 recipients across the state to earn a slice of $6 million in funding to enhance a community's creative capital.
The funding will be used to build a fit-for-purpose Regional Art Gallery on-site as well as expand performance space.
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the funding is part of Round 1 of Minor Works and Equipment Projects through the NSW government's Creative Capital program.
"I am delighted to announce the Slim Dusty Centre is the recipient of $186,000 to improve and develop our arts and cultural facilities in the Macleay Valley," Ms Pavey said.
"This investment will also boost the local tourism industry and I'd like to thank Kempsey Shire Council for their successful application."
Ms Pavey said the funding will deliver:
- refurbishment of the existing space to create a fit-for-purpose Regional Art Gallery
- a larger performance space to support performances, school events and activities
- an additional fit-for-purpose performance/event space
- an Art Lab to support professional development/art workshops/residencies
- an upgrade of existing AV equipment and other event equipment to support touring performance needs.
The statewide funding supports the development of new and upgraded cultural infrastructure and equipment for museums, theatres, performance spaces, galleries and Aboriginal Keeping Places.
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the funding for Kempsey Shire would mean everyone across the state would have access to quality cultural infrastructure, no matter where they were from.
"This investment will ensure that no matter where people live across NSW, they will be able to see, make and participate in exciting arts and cultural experiences in state-of-the-art, fit-for-purpose creative spaces," Mr Harwin said.