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Australia-first venue set to showcase cutting-edge art

Australia’s first permanent regional multimedia arts pavilion – opening in Lake Macquarie this weekend – is set to become a new focal point for arts and culture in the Hunter Region.


Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the Lake Macquarie Multi-Arts Pavilion mima (MAP mima) was an exciting new space for the community to experience art in a unique setting.

“The building itself is visually stunning,” Cr Fraser said.

“Then you see the illuminated artworks on the exterior of the building, listen to the incredible soundscapes and immerse yourself in the exhibition space – there is just so much to experience. I cannot wait to see our community enjoying this new space.”

The NSW Government contributed $1.35 million of the $3 million total cost for the new venue through its Regional Cultural Fund.

Arts Minister Don Harwin said MAP mima would provide a cultural and economic boost to the arts industry in Lake Macquarie following a year of uncertainty.

“The past few months have been tough, particularly for the creative industry. This new space will provide an outlet for artists to express themselves in innovative ways, while allowing the community to come back together to enjoy and experience art and live performance,” Mr Harwin said.

Designed as a flexible, venue equipped with state-of-the-art technology, MAP mima will host a program of cultural events year-round, including national and international contemporary art installations, digital art screenings, live performances and music.

Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said the launch program featured 10 new commissions by Australian artists including Hiromi Tango, PluginHUMAN, Lottie Consalvo and musician Andy Firth.

“The artwork on display is engaging, experimental and innovative – something our community hasn’t experienced before,” Ms Hemsley said.

MAP mima was built in collaboration with the University of Newcastle School of Architecture and Built Environment, based on a concept design by architecture graduate Samantha Bailey.

“My vision for the building was to create something that made people look at the lake in a different light and embrace the natural beauty of this location,” Ms Bailey said.

“It is in incredible to see the design come to life and become a really great space for the community to come together to enjoy.”

Constructed by award-winning construction company Lloyd Group, the bespoke building combined traditional construction techniques with the use of innovative materials and creative applications.

Situated an hour’s drive north from Sydney on the shore of Lake Macquarie in Speers Point Park, the architectural pavilion complements the award-winning Museum of Art and Culture yapang and forms part of the Lake Arts Precinct.

MAP mima will open for pre-booked COVID-safe visits from 10am-3pm, Saturday 23 October. MAP mima will be open on Fridays 3-8pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10am-3pm. Bookings are essential. Sessions can be booked online.

Visit for more information on future events and exhibitions.

Lake Macquarie City Council has implemented dual naming at cultural facilities throughout the city in recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage and history. In Awabakal language, mima (pronounced me’ma) means ‘cause to stay’.


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