Port Lincoln Council shows support for ArtEyrea

ART: Betty Noble gets to work on her latest painting at ArtEyrea.
ART: Betty Noble gets to work on her latest painting at ArtEyrea.

Eyre Arts Action Inc is hopeful to make some much needed upgrades to the ArtEyrea building on Mortlock Terrace after the Port Lincoln City Council agreed to consider $150,000 for the 2019/20 budget.

At its April meeting the council agreed for ArtEyrea to be maintained as a council asset and for $150,000 to be allocated for consideration in the next budget to achieve necessary safety, security and accessibility outcomes for the building.

The council aims to identify costs for works required and prioritise and stage works across the next three financial year budgets.

Eyre Arts Action vice-chairperson Sandy Harder said the group was "grinning from ear to ear" to see the council would consider this much funding for the facility.

"We're excited for the arts community and the more than 100 people who use it each week," she said.

Works needed for the building include asbestos removal in the foyer, electrical wiring work and an upgrade of the kitchen and toilet facilities.

Group secretary Jenni Wilson said it was important to make sure the facility was safe and had the facelift it needed so other people could use it.

"So it's more attractive for other artists to use this space for teaching and practicing art," she said.

We're excited for the arts community and the more than 100 people who use it (ArtEyrea) each week.

Sandy Harder

"We want to make it more attractive for even outside groups, Eyre Peninsula groups to come and use this space."

The news has also been welcomed by Port Lincoln Art Group member Betty Noble, who has been coming to ArtEyrea every Wednesday for more than 10 years.

She said she remembered starting at the TAFE before ArtEyrea became available and had enjoyed coming to the facility to paint.

Port Lincoln council agreed the facility was an important one in the community which brought wellbeing benefits to those who used it.

Councillor Andrea Broadfoot said ArtEyrea was an important space for creativity and the arts in the community so it would be great to see some of the core works done.

Fellow councillor Linda Davies said the ongoing communication between the artists and council needed to happen.

"This journey needed to happen... the arts community needed to reflect on what it was doing and what was needed," she said.