On Saturday morning we had the great pleasure of finally getting our hands on the keys to the first release spaces. Although the lease is yet to be finalised, we were able to have a glimpse of the spaces now that the public liability insurance had been settled the day before.
Artists Jo Lancaster, Katelyn Aslett, Jamie Thompsoin (Organi-Gallery), Townsville Writers & Publishing Centre’s Carla Hutchinson-Reade and some representatives from theARgoT Collective (including Bernadette Boscacci & Michelle Hall) and the EtCetera crew (including Robert Crispe, Elly Murrell, James Ellis, Kyana Pike and Jess Hay) were given a tour of the spaces with Donna and Mitch.
All agreed that much work needed to be done to get the spaces up to scratch yet there was a real sense of excitement among the group for what could be achieved. There is still some way to go – the tenancy agreement needs final approval, electricity inspections and repair work needs to be carried out and fire safety equipment installed – yet the expectation is that the design and fit-out of the spaces would commence in a matter of weeks.
We will keep you posted as to when the keys are officially in our hands and the hard work can truly commence!