Arts and Cultural Centre
Council continues to work towards the delivery of an Arts and Cultural Centre in Victor Harbor’s town centre.
(Image: 2017 Concept Image for Arts and Cultural Centre. For illustrative purposes only)
Recognising the cultural and economic value of arts and cultural activity, the City of Victor Harbor have been working towards the development of an Arts and Cultural Centre since 2016.
The Council consider an Arts and Cultural Centre to be an integral part of its aspiration to cultivate arts and cultural activity, and position Victor Harbor as a regional arts and cultural destination. It is working towards delivering a centre that incorporates all art forms providing local artists, groups and the broader community with a place to meet, work, exhibit, collaborate and learn.
About the project
Initial concepts for an Arts and Cultural Centre were developed in 2017 and centred around the redevelopment of the heritage-listed Victor Harbor Town Hall and Old Library buildings on Coral Street. Both of these buildings are owned by the City of Victor Harbor.
These concepts were prepared based on targeted stakeholder feedback and other investigations. They were presented to the wider community for feedback and comment in early 2018. While there were some concerns around some of the aspects of the proposed design, namely the capacity of the centre and provision of tiered seating, it was clear there is a strong desire from the community for an arts and cultural facility in Victor Harbor.
Following this consultation, the Council undertook further due diligence. A report was prepared that looked at potential locations for a facility of this nature within the council area along with benchmarking analysis of 10 other facilities located across South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Investigations were also carried out in relation to the viability of expanding the footprint of the Arts and Cultural Centre beyond the Town Hall and Old Library buildings and including the iconic Victa Cinema within the proposal.
The Council soon recognised the opportunity to include the cinema within its Arts and Cultural Centre vision, particularly noting the versatility the cinema provides as a space for live performances in addition to remaining an operating cinema.
The Council has purchased the Victa Cinema business and freehold title for $1.6 million and settlement is set to occur in October 2020. Council is currently considering its options for the interim management of the cinema while a longer term plan for the Arts and Cultural Centre is developed.
The Council has allocated $100,000 in its draft 2020/21 budget to progress detailed architectural design of the Arts and Cultural Centre with the inclusion of the Victa Cinema. As the plans develop, there will be further opportunities for the community to get involved in the project.