Cen­tre in plea for per­ma­nency

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Shan­non Beat­tie

The Ex­mouth Cul­tural Arts Cen­tre has been given a tem­po­rary new home at the old vis­i­tors cen­tre on Mu­rat Road, but there are hopes the move can be made per­ma­nent.

ECAC has been in the space for three weeks, mov­ing in to the build­ing af­ter the vis­i­tors cen­tre moved down the road to the new Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre.

Shire of Ex­mouth pres­i­dent Matthew Ni­ikkula said so far they were im­pressed with what ECAC has done with the space.

“ECAC have em­braced this op­por­tu­nity, bring­ing life to a build­ing that was sit­ting va­cant, pro­vid­ing a great link to the Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre and an ad­di­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors to the Nin­ga­loo re­gion,” he said.

The arts cen­tre is open seven days-a-week, pro­vid­ing a dif­fer­ent cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence in Ex­mouth and of­fer­ing work­shops — plus an artist in res­i­dence work­ing in the cen­tre.

Hav­ing been tucked away for years, the cen­tre is in the spot­light, ac­cord­ing to ECAC pres­i­dent Suzanne Mchutchi­son.

“Be­ing at the Mu­rat Road lo­ca­tion we’re in the face of peo­ple, they can see it’s an arts cen­tre, come in and see what we’re do­ing,” she said.

Hav­ing orig­i­nally been given use of the space by the Shire un­til the end of June, ECAC want to stay for longer.

“We’re hop­ing to stay there per­ma­nently be­cause it’s an ideal place for art. It’s open, it’s got lots of light and it’s con­ducive to be­ing an arts cen­tre,” Ms Hutchi­son said.

Their wish is one step closer, with the Shire ex­tend­ing their lease last week.

“The long-term use of the build­ing will be de­ter­mined based on com­mu­nity need, space avail­abil­ity and the best fit for the build­ing; how­ever, the Shire agreed to ex­tend the ECAC lease for another three months while the long-term fu­ture of the build­ing is fi­nalised,” Mr Ni­ikkula said.

Ms Hutchi­son believes the com­mu­nity also want the space to stay an arts cen­tre. “So many peo­ple have com­mented and asked why aren’t we staying here per­ma­nently be­cause it’s the per­fect po­si­tion for us,” she said.

Mr Ni­ikkula said the Shire of­fered this op­por­tu­nity to ECAC to see what they could do with it.

“We look for­ward to work­ing with them to make this a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for their or­gan­i­sa­tion, the lo­cal com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors to Ex­mouth,” he said.

ECAC is urg­ing peo­ple to ring the Shire and tell them that it should stay an arts cen­tre.

Pic­ture: Shan­non Beat­tie

ECAC sec­re­tary Gill Mor­ris works on a paint­ing,

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