The former South Hobart Primary School has been converted into an arts and community centre.
The South Hobart Living Arts Centre, featuring office and rehearsal spaces as well as performance venues, was officially opened this week.
Tenants are in the process of moving in, and the Centre should be active and open to the public in June.
The South Hobart Living Arts Centre occupies the heritage-listed former South Hobart Primary School designed by colonial architect Henry Hunter.
The school’s conversion has been assisted by all levels of government, including $1.65 million in Federal funding and over $500,000 contributed by the Tasmanian government.
The project was also supported by Hobart City Council.
‘The Centre will offer affordable office spaces, rehearsal spaces and performance venues for artists, arts organisations and community groups,’ said Tasmanian MP and local Member for Denison, Elise Archer.
She said the South Hobart Living Arts Centre would contribute to the local economy, local employment, and importantly, Tasmania’s flourishing arts scene.
Archer, who officially opened the Centre alongside Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz and Acting City of Hobart Lord Mayor, Alderman Ron Christie, said the Tasmanian Government was a strong supporter of the cultural and creative industries.
'More than 9,000 Tasmanians are directly employed in the cultural and creative industries or in cultural and creative occupations, with countless more employed indirectly through the related tourism, hospitality and retail sectors,’ Archer concluded.
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