- Monday 24 September 2018
Creative Spaces Sunshine Coast - a place where artists can find affordable space to practice, exhibit, perform and collaborate, and where hosts can list space for free - was launched by Sunshine Coast Council today.
The Creative Spaces Sunshine Coast website, an Australian first for a regional area, will support artists and creative practitioners to find space, while also encouraging the broader community and industry to engage with the arts by uncovering new creative spaces and brokering opportunities for underutilised space.
Deputy Mayor Cr Tim Dwyer said Creative Spaces was a key outcome of council’s recently endorsed Sunshine Coast Arts Plan 2018-2038.
“There’s no doubt that the Sunshine Coast is home to a thriving arts community,” Cr Dwyer said.
“It is this strong foundation that inspired council and the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board to create a 20-year vision for the arts and to develop the region’s first Arts Plan, in collaboration with the local arts sector.”
Cr Dwyer said a key theme emerged during development of the plan - a desire from the arts community for more spaces where they could practice, connect and be more visible to the broader community.
“In response to this desire from our arts community, one of four goals included within the Arts Plan is to create a dedicated network of places and spaces for artists to connect, create and collaborate.
“There is a supporting strategy to advocate and facilitate access to affordable spaces for making, exhibiting and performing.
“Creative Spaces does just that.
“We already have 30 spaces listed on the website, and many more in development so I encourage everyone to get online and check it out.”
Creative Spaces is not only a website to list and find space.
Where space is available or underutilised, Creative Spaces can broker it.
Where space is in short supply or could benefit from creative activation, Creative Spaces can facilitate it.
Through the Creative Spaces program, council will also develop and promote artist in residence opportunities, including a Chambers Island “Crows Nest” Artist in Residence opportunity in collaboration with the Maroochy Sailing Club announced today.
Interest in this opportunity can be registered via the Creative Spaces website.
For more information, visit www.creativespaces.net.au/sunshinecoast
For more information on the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/arts
The Creative Spaces platform was developed by the City of Melbourne Arts Melbourne branch.
Creative Spaces is also available in Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart.