Eastern Riverina Arts (ERA) has been awarded over $330,000 to deliver an innovative project, “CreateSpace”, to repurpose and revitalise vacant or underutilised buildings in Wagga Wagga over 3 years.

We welcome this announcement as a proactive investment to help strengthen regional creativity, cultural activity, and business.

We want to see people in our region turn their creative ideas into successful businesses, filling some of those empty main street shopfronts across our region, playing their part in reactivating the community and of course just as importantly, helping to get people out of their homes and connecting with each other again.

During this period of lockdown Eastern Riverina Arts has connected with more than 200 artists and creators and I’ve got to say, there are some awe-inspiring pitches and bodies of work that are going to come out of this period. Through CreateSpace, we can go some way to rebuilding our region’s Creative sector, and that has big impacts on livability and tourism too.

We applaud the NSW Government for recognising the crucial role that creative industries can play in diversifying and strengthening regional economies.

Duty MLC for Wagga Wagga, Mr Wes Fang announced the news, saying “I am thrilled we were able to support this fantastic initiative.  It is always sad to see a vacant sign in the window of a shop or office but at least this way, the space can be utilised for the betterment of our community,”

Eastern Riverina Arts will deliver more news and updates on this exciting project to you soon!


See the full story from The Daily Advertiser https://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/6744348/new-project-takes-big-step-towards-activating-empty-shops/

Image: Kate Allman and James Farley are interested in participating in the Eastern Riverina Arts initiative to activate empty shopfronts in Wagga’s CBD. Picture: Emma Hillier, from the The Daily Advertiser