One of the areas raised at the Flowerdale Future Forum was the establishment of an Artists' Studio, Mens Shed and Community Garden behind the recreation reserve. The provision of an Artists' Studio, Community Garden and Mens' Shed was included in the Flowerdale Community Recovery Plan submitted back in August 2009.
A building permit was issued on Monday 22 February, 2010 and work commenced on Tuesday 23rd February.
The plans can be seen at http://www.scribd.com/doc/27647253/Arts-Precinct. It is a big file so may take time to load.
The artists studio will provide a facility for local artists to work from together with materials. It will also provide the opportunity to bring in visiting artists as well as a place where people can learn to create art. We also have received a significant donation of Jewellery making equipment which will mean it is also accessible for those who may not see themselves as artists but want to participate in some creative therapy. The Salvation Army will donate materials for use in the studio and it is anticipated that the studio will be up and running by May.
Funding for the studio came via the "Rebuilding Together" statewide recovery plan. The idea was originally generated by long term Flowerdale resident and artist Peter Byrne and was driven by the Arts Work Engine convened by Sharon Collins. Well done to all involved.