Pressing need met at Geraldton art studio
A group for artists with intellectual disabilities has a new home at the Geraldton Cultural Trust after spending the past eight months without a workshop.
DADAA Geraldton Printmaking Group operated from the Arts and Cultural Development Council building on Marine Terrace until Yamatji Art Centre took over the space last year.
The group recently began meeting in the Coach Studio, a new purpose-built art room completed in September by Geraldton building company PS Chester & Son.
“We’ve been searching for a new workshop since July,” group facilitator Lizzy Robinson said.
“We’re really pleased to have found this, because it’s a great fit for us.”
Ms Robinson said the “wet” studio, which has concrete floors and wash basins, had everything the group needed.
“The clincher is the size of this space, and the central location,” she said.
“Being a printmaking group, we couldn’t ask for more than to have the use of these two fabulous, large presses.”
The Geraldton Cultural Trust paid for half of the $210,000 building, the rest of which was funded by Lotterywest.
Chairman Ross Barden said the new building was built on top of the old magistrate’s horse stables, which were erected in 1861.
Before construction could start, excavations had to be carried out in accordance with State Heritage Council requirements.
Chosen for the job was Father Robert Cross, chancellor and director of heritage at the Diocese of Geraldton, and a qualified archaeologist.
Mr Barden, who helped with the dig, said the team found remnant foundations and stone footings of what may have been the stables.
“He didn’t find any sovereigns or skeletons or things like that ... but it was exciting, because we knew the stables were there somewhere,” Mr Barden said.
“No other buildings are recorded to have been in this area other than the stables.”
Mr Banden said 35 community groups have around the clock access to the Geraldton Cultural Trust building.
Annual membership costs $25. This entitles members to join as many groups as they wish.
Individual fees apply to some groups.
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