Rockingham Arts Centre to receive $300,000 facelift

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Works to refurbish the Rockingham Arts Centre will begin in early February.
Camera IconWorks to refurbish the Rockingham Arts Centre will begin in early February. Credit: City of Rockingham/supplied/supplied

The Rockingham Arts Centre is set to get a facelift with a $300,000 refurbishment project due to begin in February.

Works on the centre are intended to enable more groups to use the centre, lift the quality of art exhibitions and improve wayfinding between the RAC and the nearby Gary Holland Community Centre.

The centre on Kent Street in Rockingham often hosts activities and events for arts groups and currently comprises exhibition space, a multi-purpose room and studio space.

The City of Rockingham will upgrade gallery lighting, install swinging walls for more gallery space, provide more storage capacity, install an arts wash-out amenity in the multi-purpose room, repaint the interior of the centre, install CCTV and build a shade sail in the front courtyard.

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Mayor Deb Hamblin said the Rockingham Arts Centre was a key element in the City’s cultural development and the arts strategy.

“The RAC was opened in 2013 and has become an integral part of the City’s cultural development and arts program. The facility is a hub for arts activity, with a focus on providing skill development workshops, hireable spaces for local arts and culture groups, and the staging of exhibitions,” Ms Hamblin said.

“Works to be carried out at the RAC by the City will aim to improve the activation of the centre and enable user groups to host more activities, events and exhibitions in an enhanced setting suitable for the arts.”

The centre will be closed from January 31 to enable construction to start, which is expected to be finished by the end of May.

For more information, visit rockingham.wa.gov.au/projects

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