Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Newstead Arts Hub - with Ella Hinkley

Ella Hinkley - August Rocket Science presenter
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The transformation of Newstead railway station into an Arts Hub will be the focus of Rocket Science at Welshmans Reef Winery on Sunday 31st August. Time 3:30 pm as usual. Free cake, wine and coffee courtesy of the Shire's supporting grant.

The presenter will be Ella Hinkley, Banyule Council's Arts Officer. Ella is an arts manager, creative producer and artist with over 20 years experience working in creative industries. Most recently, Ella has established a community arts space in Ivanhoe, worked in partnership with local Indigenous residents to create an Aboriginal gathering place in Heidelberg West and programmed a range of successful community festivals for locals.

She will talk, quite briefly, about the business of community art and seed a conversation that has to be had.

Many Newsteadians spoke out in the Community Plan about putting our beautiful Railway Station to good use. An application to VicTrack Community Vacant Use (CVU) program set out how the station could be transformed into a vibrant Arts Hub.

CVU is funded to renovate selected stations (check out Talbot) and lease them back to community groups. Newstead's application was successful and Mount Alexander Shire has eventually agreed to be the leaseholder and sub-lease to a community arts organisation.

What will that organisation look like? How will it manage itself? What, to use current language, will be "The Business Model"? How will the, perhaps conflicting, needs of artistic temperament and financial reality be managed?

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