Arts Junction planned for town
The Arts Junction— where art and information meet— is the new name of the proposed arts centre in the heart of Katikati when Western Bay of Plenty District Council vacates its service centre and library and moves over the road to new premises.
Katch Katikati Incorporated, in conjunctionwith the Katikati Arts Collective, were successful with their proposal to Council to lease a facility to develop a creative arts and visitor information centre— theArts Junction.
There is a high level of support for the proposal that will be managed by Katch Katikati and lead organisations, Katikati Open-AirArt and Katikati Theatre Inc. Katch Katikati funded a draft feasibility study by independent consultant Kiri Pope to ensure its long-term viability. The feasibility study confirmed that the Arts Junction proposal is considered viable in terms of community need and benefit expected from the facility, as well as from an organisational and financial perspective.
The study supports a funding application to the Lotteries Commission for $100,000 (Environment and Heritage Fund $50,000 and Community Grants Fund $50,000). This funding will contribute to the fitout required tomake the building function effectively as a creative arts and visitor information facility. The total project cost is $238,660 with external funding support of
The projectwill be completed in three stages between August
2018 and September 2019. This is to ensure adequate funding is available for each stage and to allow the experience gained from use of the building to inform the final works required in stage three (September 2019).
The multi-purpose facility will be home to the visitor information centre, with a theatre and exhibition space in the form of the new Carlton Gallery.
“The new development is very exciting,” Open-Air Art president Steve Graveson said. He is on the steering committee for the project.
“This new centre is a building Open-AirArt has been wanting to see happen since the mid 1990s when the new Muraltown Information Centre was opened when council extended the Library.”
The names of the various areas of the Arts Junction have been a joint decision. The various committees involved and people who were asked agreed that recognising art teacher June Carlton was away of describing what this new complex was all about, Steve said.
“June is not only recognised as the main driving force behind the mural town concept and development, but she always had a passion and ability to involve, encourage and support many areas of the arts community in Katikati.”
Steve said June Carlton’s role as art teacher at Katikati College touched and influencedmany lives.
Her involvement in the early Katikati Theatre scene and support for many other art groups had a profound effect of what Katikati is today.
This was also recognised in 2002 when June was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for those achievements.
The Carlton Gallery is the next stage on from the Little Blue House (LBH), said Steve.
“The gallerywill be based on what the LBH main rolewas, firstly to promote, support and encourage local artists and then to help bring the arts from outside our community to Katikati.
“With a gallery that is secure and manned all the time, new opportunities to bring other forms of art and artistswill open up to us now.”
Steve believes that a good idea has to have a good plan and a good plan needs good people to make it happen.
“Fortunately Katikati has been blessedwith many of these good people, so I have every confidence that this project will become a real asset to the community,” he said.
Jacqui said based on securing funding, the plan is to open the facility on September 1.
A concept drawing by Lloyd Smith of the proposed new Carlton Gallery inside the Arts Junction.