Arts Junc­tion planned for town

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice - By CHRIS STEEL

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

$192,000 re­quired.

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.

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