Burnie arts program expands

Friday, 08 February 2013

The Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Regional Art Gallery’s Arts for the Community program has taken on a bold new identity, arts UNEARTHED.

This revamped initiative will be officially launched today at 5pm, (Friday, 8 February) at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “This program was first introduced in October 2010, and has contributed to making Burnie a vibrant and pleasurable place to live. The key aim of this program remains the same; to engage the community in arts activities. However, this new identity the program is taking on will allow for more exciting opportunities.”

MMG is the new Proud Partner of the Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Regional Art Gallery’s arts UNEARTHED. arts UNEARTHED provides access to quality arts experiences for the community through audience development activities, workshops and opportunities to exhibit and perform.

Director of the Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Regional Art Gallery Geoff Dobson said, “Due to the support from MMG, the program can now expand the opportunities we can provide for the community. A new element is that the Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Regional Art Gallery is now able to provide additional cultural events and activities to the West Coast of Tasmania.

“This is wonderful for the community on the West Coast, but also provides a terrific opportunity for both visiting and local performers to tour and perform on the West Coast too. This program also allows for students on the West Coast to travel to Burnie to take part in the workshops and view exhibitions.”

arts UNEARTHED provides bus subsidies for West Coast Schools to visit exhibitions, see performances and participate in workshops at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Regional Art Gallery. This is an extension of the Bus Subsidy Scheme provided by the Friends of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, which provides a bus subsidy for regional schools.

“The program allows for a unique and a more hands on experience with the arts, with the aim to provide activities for the whole community, with a focus on the youth. There will be opportunities for the community to gain skill development in the arts and entertainment areas,” Mr Dobson said.

arts UNEARTHED enables the Burnie Regional Art Gallery to provide a calendar of workshops and school holiday programs, that will develop the skills of local artists and provides opportunities for local and touring artists to perform in the Burnie Regional Art Gallery and the Burnie Arts & Function Centre Theatre when space permits. arts UNEARTHED assists with the development of special exhibition projects, connecting artists, community groups and the Gallery.

Mr Dobson said, “In 2012, some 4,970 people took part in Arts for the Community events, with the extended version of this program, we hope to interact with many more and further grow and develop the local arts following.”

Visit www.burniearts.net to view upcoming events and exhibitions.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net