New funding to boost art retail and experiences in Cessnock

New funding to boost art retail and experiences in Cessnock

A new grant will improve facilities and opportunities for creatives in the Cessnock and surrounding areas.

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre will be reinvigorated thanks to a $1.26 million funding boost from the NSW Government’s Creative Capital program.

Minister for the Arts, Ben Franklin and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Taylor Martin visited Cessnock recently to announce the funding. The grant will allow for the completion of stage two of the arts centre refurbishment, which includes the relocation of the box office, a newly created 67m² retail space, an administration office and access improvements.

Ben said the upgrade would transform the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre’s ground floor and create a more functional and accessible space.

“This project will see the centre expanded into a cultural hub – providing locals with enhanced access to the arts and dynamic cultural experiences, as well as a place where people can come together to express and exchange their creative ideas,” Ben said.

“This is an important cultural infrastructure project for Cessnock that will shape its future as a destination for arts and cultural experiences for audiences and visitors alike.”

Taylor said the financial support for this quality arts venue for the community would boost tourism and the Hunter economy.

“This targeted support will deliver excellent opportunities for the economy and help us provide better cultural experiences for our local audiences and visitors to enjoy,” Taylor said.

Deputy Mayor John Moores said the funding was an important boost that would reshape a historic Cessnock building.

“I have seen this building transformed from a furniture shop to an arts centre,” John said.

“It is wonderful to see this building transforming yet again, this time to expand its capacity to host and support the creative arts in Cessnock.”

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre has also received a $181,000 grant to upgrade its stage lighting from The NSW Government’s Creative Capital grant program.

IMAGE | Left to right: Acting Cessnock City Council General Manager, Robert Maginnity; Curator of Creative and Performing Arts, Vicki Sienczuk; Cessnock City Deputy Mayor, John Moores; NSW Minister for Arts, Ben Franklin; Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Taylor Martin; and Cessnock City Acting Director of Corporate and Community Services, Darrylen Allan.  

Cessnock City Council

Local government has been in operation in the Cessnock area since 1906 when the Shire of Cessnock held its first meeting. During the following years there were several amalgamations and splits as new Shires were formed and reshaped until Cessnock was declared a City in 1958.

Cessnock City Council provides a diverse range of services and facilities for the residents of the LGA as well as visitors to the area.

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