Mattioli provides award winning painting, flooring and waterproofing services to the aquatics and recreation sector. We’re recognised as the leading contractor in the industry with award-winning…read more
New Wyong performing arts venue a boost for Central Coast culture
Opened at the end of May, The Art House performing arts and conference centre in Wyong is proving a major drawcard for the cultural and business community of the NSW Central Coast.
Designed by architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, the $12.7 million cultural centre includes a 500 seat theatre, 130 seat studio space, meeting room, exhibition space and a café/bar area.
The proscenium arch theatre incorporates a motorised five-story fly tower that can accommodate professional touring productions.
State-of-the-art technical elements in the facility include a high end audio system, full led lighting rig in the theatre and flexible spaces to allow for an orchestra to be located in the theatre or studio.
Since opening with the Wyong Musical Theatre Company’s production of Oliver! the venue’s opening season program is featuring productions by Wyong Musical Theatre Company, Monkey Baa Theatre Company and Tantrum Youth Arts.
First conceived almost a decade ago, the new venue replaces the former Wyong Memorial Hall that, according to Central Coast Council’s Administrator Ian Reynolds, has been “transformed into a state of the art facility that will benefit our community for generations to come.”
Uniquely, while supported by the former Wyong Shire Council, the facility was built purely with Council money, with input from the NSW or Federal Government.
Speaking prior to the opening of the venue, then acting Executive Director Julie Vaughan told the Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate that many big shows had avoided the region in the past because they felt our theatres were not large enough to accommodate their productions.
Vaughen explained “we will turn that around ... we hope to attract theatre and dance companies such as Bangarra and the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company.
“The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association will have its midyear and end-of-year performances here. They usually go to Sydney.
“The theatre is technically excellent and there is the bonus of a flexible studio space with 130 seats for performances that retract for rehearsals.”
Now led by recently appointed Executive Director David Barrett, The Art House team includes technical management, sales, box office and front of house staff. Barrett joined The Art House from the Marion Cultural Centre in South Australia, bringing over 10 years’ experience in the performing arts industry to the role.
Former Wyong Shire Mayor Doug Eaton welcomed the new facility, commenting “I think The Art House will turn the area into a cultural hub. We all know the wealth of talent on the Central Coast which, I think, makes gives the region a reputation as a cultural hub anyway but The Art House will enhance this reputation.
“It will really energise the area.’’
For more information go to www.thearthousewyong.com.au
14th June 2016 - ARTLANDS DUBBO CONFERENCE TO EMPHASISE THE STRENGTH OF REGIONAL ARTS
2nd May 2016 - CONTROVERSIAL BONDI PAVILION REDEVELOPMENT PLAN TO GO AHEAD
22nd March 2016 - NSW GOVERNMENT APPOINTS ARCHITECT FOR WALSH BAY ARTS PRECINCT
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
About Priava's Technology - Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…read more
PulseTec Solutions is a leading provider of software systems and solutions to the health and fitness industry for more than a decade. Our key products and services include ClientConnect studio and…read more
Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…read more
BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…read more
Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…read more
Activating skyscapes for tourism, art, leisure and living TouchCloud Global (TCg) is a highly specialised international consultancy, broker and principal, devoted solely to activating and energising…read more
Solar Pool Heating & Swimming Pool Covers since 1974. Sunbather offer an Australian made product which undergoes continual development to enable you to trust in the Sunbather brand. We deliver a…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!