It has been much anticipated, but on Saturday, November 17 the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre at Katoomba will open its doors to the public, giving local residents their first chance to view the centre.
“This is a special community day and we extend an invitation right across the region for all residents to experience and enjoy the facilities that their new centre has to offer,” said cultural centre director Paul Brinkman.
Situated on the highest point in Katoomba next to the Carrington Hotel, the cultural centre has a combined public area of more than 4000 square metres and is home to the 600 square metre Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. It includes an interactive multi-media World Heritage Interpretive Centre, viewing platform to the Jamison Valley and extensive workshop and seminar spaces.
The new state-of-the-art Katoomba library is located in the centre and it also features a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating.
The inaugural exhibition of the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery — Picturing the Great Divide: Visions from Australia’s Blue Mountains — will survey two centuries of visual art inspired by the Blue Mountains region. It will feature more than 100 significant works including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture and ceramics by more than 50 artists.
Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Howard Ashton, John Caldwell, Adam Cullen, Norman Lindsay, Harry Phillips, Margaret Preston, Fred Williams and Brett Whiteley.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone to the centre. So come and meet the friendly staff, have a look at the art, visit the stunning new library space, grab a coffee at the cafe, or just walk through and take in the stunning views,” said Mr Brinkman.
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is located at 30 Parke Street, Katoomba. The centre will be open from 10am to 5pm with free admission to the exhibitions.
For further details call 4780-5000 or visit www.bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au.