The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has secured a $200,000 Federal Government grant to enhance Hobart’s original creative hub, the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard.

He will join Salamanca Arts Centre CEO Joe Bugden to discuss the proposal for a thriving gathering space with workshops where people can watch artists at work and buy their wares. 

“I’ve been lobbying the Federal Government for funds to redevelop the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard for some time and I am thrilled that the Government has committed $200,000 towards the project,” Mr Wilkie said.  “Art has an inherent value and is also central to Tasmania’s booming tourism scene.”

The proposal would refit existing retails spaces as shared studio/workshops to accommodate new equipment for metal, jewellery, textile and print-making designers.  A vertical garden and timber seating would be installed in the courtyard with shade umbrellas and storable outdoor tables and chairs for up to 60 people. Sound and light infrastructure would also be improved for performance and video art while artwork and interpretive signs would explain the site’s history.

“The courtyard already holds a special place in Hobart’s heart as the home of Rektango on Friday nights,” Mr Wilkie said.  “The redevelopment will continue this fine Hobart tradition and make this incredible site with its quarry cliff walls and sandstone heritage an even more attractive to enjoy on weekdays and weekends.  It’s places like these that make Hobart such a special place to live and visit.”