Draft Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts Facilities Options Paper

About the project

Ku-ring-gai residents are invited to comment on our draft Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts Facilities Options Report which is now on public exhibition.


Part 1 of the Ku-ring-gai Community Facilities Strategy was adopted by Council in December 2018. This Strategy provides a sound basis for a strategic approach to facilities planning, particularly in relation to libraries and community centres.

In adopting Part 1, Council identified a need to develop a second part, which specifically deals with dedicated creative arts facilities, purpose designed to meet the needs of the performing and visual arts and the rapidly emerging Creative Industries within the Ku-ring-gai Local Government Area (LGA).

Council has resolved to move forward with a number of projects, including the renewal of the Marian Street Theatre, it is therefore timely to prepare a strategy to guide the future provision of creative arts facilities, visual arts (photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking and film), performance (dance and music) and exhibition spaces.

In late 2018 Council engaged Brecknock Consulting Pty Ltd, in conjunction with Andrew Bleby & Associates, to prepare a report exploring options for providing creative arts facilities. Brecknock Consulting are a leading cultural planning consultancy, with extensive national and international experience in stakeholder engagement and the preparation of similar strategies.

Andrew Bleby has over 35 years experience and an extensive record of success in senior management of the performing arts, theatre, festivals and events.

The consultants have worked closely with Council staff and key stakeholders, to assist in the preparation of this report.

Purpose of the draft Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts Facilities Options Report

The purpose of the draft Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts Facilities Options Report is to further refine and understand the cultural and creative character of the LGA and the community’s need for creative arts facilities across the LGA; considering both existing buildings and new buildings (if required).

The report also considers the needs of the arts in relation to both spaces where artists can learn about and create their artwork and spaces where they can showcase their artwork through exhibitions and performances, such as drama, music and dance.

On 11 June 2019, Council resolved to adopt the draft Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts Facilities Options Report for public exhibition.

View Council report from 11 June 2019 Council meeting

View the Creative Arts Facilities summary of options (pdf. 44KB)

The community's comments from the public exhibition will be reported back to Council.

Exhibition document

View the Draft Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts Facilities Options Report (pdf. 2MB)

A copy of the above draft Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts Facilities Options Report can also be viewed at Council's Customer Service Centre, Level 4 Council Chambers, 818 Pacific Highway, Gordon.

How to comment

Comments must be in writing and quote reference number S12482.

Online: Use the 'Submit a comment direct to Council' form at the top right of this page (note: maximum 300 words)

Email: kmc@kmc.nsw.gov.au

Post: General Manager, Ku-ring-gai Council, Locked Bag 1006, Gordon NSW 2072

Submissions close Friday 20 September 2019 at 5pm.

All submissions are public documents and will be considered in a final report to Council.

More information

Please contact Bill Royal, Team Leader Urban Design on 9424 0000.

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