Arts centre welcomes back members

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Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Stirling Street Arts Centre manager Rebecca Corps and long-standing member Davida Palmer.
Camera IconStirling Street Arts Centre manager Rebecca Corps and long-standing member Davida Palmer. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Staff at the Stirling Street Arts Centre welcomed the news of increased public gatherings and following government guidelines, made the decision to open its doors to members on Monday.

“A lot of the members I have spoken to have said they missed the socialisation the centre has given them,” centre manager Rebecca Corps said.

“As artists, being able to share your work, advice and tips is always useful.

“We opened up the studio areas to our members first, allowing 20 people per building which are thankfully quite spacious and are looking at hosting workshops in June.”

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Davida Palmer has been a member at the centre for 50 years and is keen to get back and continue to work on her pottery.

“I love coming into the arts centre, it gives me a chance to get out of my house, work in a nice open space and catch up with the many friends I have made since being a member,” she said.

The centre, which has been closed since March 23, is in the final stages of its $1 million makeover and Ms Corps said the closure has given staff a chance to settle into the new building.

“We had to move our office from the old building over to the new one, so the closing has actually been a bit of a blessing in a disguise as it has allowed us to fully set up in here,” she said.

“As part of our reopening we are encouraging people to submit a hot air balloon design which will be placed around the new centre and contribute to the Lighter Than Air exhibition.

“Hopefully by next term we will be back in full force.”

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