East Pilbara Arts Centre in Newman awarded

A Pilbara arts centre has been identified as one of Australia’s public architecture gems. The East Pilbara Arts Centre in Newman was last night named the winner of the coveted Sir Zelman Cowen award for public architecture at a ceremony in Canberra.

Judges said it was a “masterstroke building-within-a-building concept” that quadrupled the client’s original brief for a 500sqm arts centre and enabled “a group of remote indigenous artists to make a substantial and tangible contribution to a town centre, thereby exemplifying reconciliation in this country”.

Designed by Officer Woods Architects, the centre was opened in April last year and was described as “an important mile-stone in the revitalisation of Newman”.

It is a contemporary gallery and working space for Martumili Artists, an organisation representing self-employed artists in seven Aboriginal communities in the eastern Pilbara.
Source: The West Australian

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