26 AUG 2020
A major overhaul of the Providence Community and Sales Centre on Amity Drive will give local businesses and creative artists a new space to pursue their dreams.
The new Centre was driven by Okeland Communities’ (the developer of Providence) desire to honour its own small business roots and commitment to creating communities that are more than just subdivisions.
The five-year-old centre’s refurbishments include the creation of a dedicated creative arts incubator program and exhibition space.
“If you are a local photographer, potter, crafter, sewer, artist or jewellery makers please get in touch,” Providence community development manager Felicity Hill said.
“We want to also help the community fulfil their dreams and help provide a platform for small business and local community groups to flourish.
“We believe it’s the community that gives that heart and soul, and without them, we simply lose that spark.
Having already developed a strong community of creatives, the new space would provide a dedicated home for artists to display their works, run workshops and training events.
“Ultimately we don’t just want it to be a space where people can display and sell their art, but a place where artists and artisans can teach and share their knowledge and experience with others,” Ms Hill said.
“We are looking forward to working together with the community to define a vision and future for the space and we are very excited about seeing it continue to grow.”
Rork Projects Project Manager Nathan Tucker said the approach to the design and construction considered both the aesthetics and longevity of the space to ensure that it remains a versatile and practical facility for the local community for years to come.
“We worked closely with Okeland Communities to deliver a centre that was warm and welcoming, with a look and feel that drew on the community’s bush surrounds and provided an opportunity for collaboration – a philosophy that we know is important to Okeland,” he said.
“In a time when connection is so important, we are proud to have had the opportunity to deliver a project that will bring the community of South Ripley together.”
READ MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT ON THE RORK WEBSITE
As well as the incubator program, the upgrade will see the expansion of Providence’s highly successful Small Business Development Program and the development of a new Ripley Valley Business Network, which have been established to help support growth and promote local small businesses.
“(Creatives are) encouraged to utilise the business incubator to take their art into a business while local businesses can use the creative network and expertise to help build their own business,” Ms Hill said.
The business incubator programs are a continuation of Providence’s support of local business that has seen more than 300 people receive small business training in professional, moderated workshops.
The workshops, which have been held for the last three years, are hosted by business building and marketing experts, including Brent Murray from local marketing firm Enspya and Adrian Moriconi from creative agency Trident Creative and have been provided free to residents of Providence through funding from Okeland Communities.
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