A Historical Note

The Burnie Civic Centre

The Burnie Civic Centre

The Burnie Civic Centre

The Burnie Civic Centre

The Burnie Civic Centre

 

In 1976 the Burnie Civic Centre was officially opened and was the first purpose-built fully professional regional arts centre in Tasmania. The Centre incorporated a performing arts and functions venue and an art gallery. It is the only venue in the north west of the state, which is able to host large-scale indoor functions.

Over the last 33 years the Centre has provided a cultural focus for Burnie, as a venue for professional and community performances, meetings, conferences, expos and private functions.

In 1978, the Burnie Regional Art Gallery was completed and today has a full and varied program of exhibitions and community projects. The Gallery has a national reputation for its permanent collection, focusing on works on paper.

In August 2008, a community forum identified a new vision for the Centre, rating excellence in the arts and entertainment for a diverse audience and community involvement and usage as top priorities.

As a direct response the Burnie City Council created a new organisational structure and a new name to symbolise the beginning of the revitalisation of this major cultural icon in the community.

In May 2009, a new management position was announced. A Director was appointed with responsibility for both performing and visual arts programming as well as audience development. The new structure also includes the involvement of Burnie Sports & Events, which has been contracted to manage functions and catering.

On 1 September, the first day of spring 2009, Tasmanian Member for Braddon Bryan Green MP launched the Burnie Arts & Function Centre - the new identity for the Burnie Civic Centre. At the same time increased subsidies for community events was announced.

On 1 December the new Burnie Arts & Function Centre website started offering online ticketing and at the website launch the 2010 first ever season subscription of performing arts events was introduced.