The arts are my passion. I occasionally work as a freelance curator, arts administrator, adviser, and volunteer for, and just generally enjoy the arts in all its forms.
This free public forum, Sunday 25 May 2 - 4pm, is a chance to learn how old buildings can be transformed for community use as well as hear the latest regarding the future of the Ballarat Civic Hall. Appropriately the forum venue is the beautifully restored Minerva Space of the Ballarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt Street, Ballarat, Victoria.
Civic Hall - Reopen, Revitalize!
Jeremy Gaden, Director of The Substation, Newport will talk about the transformation of a 30-year derelict industrial building into one of Melbourne's most dynamic community hubs.
Phil Roberts will explain how the Mechanics Institute was restored and reactivated.
Ammon Beyerle, an advocate of community participatory architectural practice will explore a positive future for the Civic Hall.
What's it all about? In 2002 Ballarat Council closed the1950s Art Deco/Modernist Civic Hall. The largest flat-floored venue in the region, it was used for balls, trade shows, speech nights, rock concerts, even political rallies. These events now bypass Ballarat or are held in tents, or sheds.
Council last year applied for a permit to demolish it; Save Civic Hall was formed to raise awareness of the importance of saving it for community use, through forums such as this.
With 3,000 objections now in, Council has begun to talk of retention, encouraged by a State Government promise to relocate Vic Roads to the site.
Meet the speakers over afternoon tea, contribute your views and memories to the community scrapbook, and view Civic Hall historical memorabilia.