MEDIA RELEASE - A home at last for Bell Shakespeare
11 March 2016
The Australian Government today
announced $1 million for the Bell Shakespeare capital campaign, laying the
foundations for a secure future for Australia’s national Shakespeare theatre
Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield
said the Government is delighted to contribute to the campaign to secure a
permanent home for the company.
“Bell Shakespeare’s new facility
will be a fitting tribute to its Founding Artistic Director John Bell AO, who
retired from his role with the company at the end of last year,” Minister
Mr Bell was very appreciative of the
Government’s investment and said that for the past 26 years, Bell Shakespeare
has performed for more than 2.5 million students, teachers and audience members
throughout the country.
“I’m extremely grateful to the
Australian Government for this extraordinary investment in Bell Shakespeare,
which recognises our contribution to Australian cultural life. I am delighted
the company, led by Peter Evans, will finally have security at its home at Pier
2/3 in Sydney,” Mr Bell said.
Peter Evans, Artistic Director of
Bell Shakespeare said on behalf of the Board and staff that he is honoured by
the Australian Government’s investment.
“These permanent premises will
enable us to continue to create and tour high quality productions to regional
and remote centres, deliver our learning and public access programs and
increase our engagement with emerging and mid-career artists through residencies,
skills training and resource sharing,” Mr Evans said.
Securing a permanent home for Bell
Shakespeare will provide much needed space to expand their education and
performance programs, including spaces for learning activities, a rehearsal and
raw performance space, and office and workshop facilities.
Government partnerships with the
philanthropic and corporate sectors are an increasingly successful model for
supporting great art and cultural infrastructure. This funding will be used to
leverage other private donations for the capital campaign.
Bell Shakespeare stages productions
and provides education and learning programs for students, teachers and other
members of the community across Australia.