Sunday, 16 October 2016
Opening the exhibition, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the project was the result of a partnership between the Liberal National Government, through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and UWA, through UWA's Co-operative Education for Enterprise Development program.
"Students from UWA's Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts were given free rein to 'future proof' this important community precinct," Mr Day said.
"There are some exciting concepts on display, which will stimulate conversations and help bring fresh perspectives to the future planning for the cultural centre."
The Minister said initiatives by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to revitalise the area through space activation and new programming had created an urban space where people were now comfortable to linger and enjoy.
"The new museum, which is due to open in 2020, and plans to relocate Scitech to the cultural centre, will complement and increase the appeal of the area as a community hub," he said.
"The new buildings with their modern facilities and technology will be drawcards in themselves, but buildings are only one element in the vision to 'future proof' the precinct.
"Outdoor events now flourish alongside the cultural institutions' programming, and an outstanding example of this is the hugely successful FRINGE WORLD Festival."
The Festival is now one of the largest in the world, with a ticketed attendance this year of 350,000 and box office revenue of $9.3 million.
Mr Day said the Festival was just one example of the performances, events and festivals that made the cultural centre a vibrant and colourful place to be.