Dubbo Fire Station Art Centre02.05.2013
In 2012, Orana Arts approached Dubbo Local Aboriginal Land Council (DLALC) proposing to lease the unoccupied fire station for a minimum period of three years and establish a multi-purpose arts facility.
The proposed Fire Station Arts Centre will provide free and subsidised rehearsal space, artist studios, office space for a resident arts organisation and an Aboriginal Arts Development Officer to service the region. Commercial operations on site, including a cafe, retail sale of art and craft works, and the hire of community meeting facilities, will help subsidise these programs.
With respect for and in the spirit of the prior activities upon this site – both traditional and European– the Fire Station Arts Centre will provide a space for cultural information exchange, teaching and learning, the celebration of artistic practice and the development of new ideas, as well as a facility for the diverse creative communities of the Orana region to gather and grow together. The newly appointed Aboriginal Arts Development Officer for Orana Arts, Melissa Ryan embraces the opportunity to use the space for future programs and events.
The Australian Government’s Office of the Arts Senior Project Officer Robert Perrin, welcomed the news as a “great opportunity to further the existing partnership we have with Orana Arts. The opportunity to engage and share our cultural history in such a fantastic space should excite all.”
Plans and development are already underway and projects are expected taking place at the arts centre by September 2013.
Orana Arts Inc acknowledges their successful funding in the 2012/2013 NSW Community Building Partnership for the renovation of the old Fire Station building on the corner of Darling and Wingewarra in Dubbo.
Image credit: Orana Arts staff (Kerry Ellen, Alicia Leggett, Melissa Ryan and Paige Williams) with Troy Grant.