Moreton Bay Regional Council is set to open the new art and cultural hub, the Redcliffe Art Gallery and Community Space, on Irene Street this September and will host its inaugural exhibition featuring Deception Bay artist Marc Clark.
Transforming the old and rundown administration building, the new art gallery boasts of a 400 square metre exhibition area, customer service area, workspaces and rooms for group workshops and club activities, an art and crafts shop, and an outdoor courtyard. The Redcliffe Art Gallery and Community Space will replace the art gallery at the Redcliffe Library on Oxley Rd.
The expansive hub will allow for larger community events on the national or international scale to attract more visitors and opportunities in Redcliffe. It comes at a time when Moreton Bay creatives need a boost, to inspire and engage, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This transformation will deliver a new Redcliffe Art Gallery, a cultural destination that will attract locals and visitors alike,” Mayor Peter Flannery said. “We will host an official opening to the public showcasing the amazing new facilities a little later in the year, restrictions permitting.”
Moreton Bay Regional Council set aside $5.5 million for this redevelopment. Construction commenced in May 2019 and was completed this July.
Meanwhile, Mr Clark’s paintings and sculptures are being prepped for the exhibition at the gallery.
The 96-year-old artist, born in Greater London, honed his skills at the Royal College of Art and had exhibits in Europe. He moved to Deception Bay from Melbourne following his retirement in the 1980s but he said he will never stop creating.