Funding provides bright future for arts centre

March 12, 2015 by  

Cultural funding in Penrith, New South Wales , has received a significant boost.

The state government has provided a $500,000 ClubGrant to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre for theatre and audiovisual lighting.

Penrith State MP Stuart Ayres said the grant represented the most generous single investment in the centre for many years.

He said the funds would enable upgrades to be made that would greatly enhance the facility and ensure it was fully equipped to cater for major productions, to entertain members of the community now and for future generations.

The ClubGrant follows recommendations in a report on Building Western Sydney’s Cultural Arts Economy, which was released recently by State Premier Mike Baird.

The grant was described as timely by Hania Radvan, chief executive of Penrith Performing and Visual Arts.

She said the centre desperately required equipment and maintenance upgrades and the allocated funds were considered truly fantastic. Future flyer printing on upcoming productions will reflect the quality of performances made possible by the upgrades, according to the chief executive.

The government has proposed a $30 million investment in the arts across western Sydney over a four-year period, according to Ayres.

The allocation would be further boosted by $7.5 million to be put towards supporting local artists living and working throughout the vast western Sydney area.

Ayres said that growing arts within the region was a top priority that would benefit many generations to come.