Council christens new Precinct

Red Earth Arts Precinct will be the official name for the Arts and Community Precinct currently under construction in Karratha.

The name was selected by Council following a two-stage process involving public submissions and discussions with the Precinct Project Advisory Group.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the name reflected the uniqueness of the Pilbara arts scene, the iconic form of the facility and the local community.

“This is a very exciting project for our City and the wider Pilbara region and this name was chosen to help put us on the map as the only professional standard theatre between Geraldton and Darwin,” Cr Long said.

“We had a very constructive public submission process where we had a lot of great ideas come through but ultimately this one was chosen as it best reflected what we are trying to achieve with the facility,” he said.

“This name also has the benefit of reflecting our marquee cultural event, the Red Earth Arts Festival, which already has name recognition across the Pilbara.

“Now we can move forward with branding the facility and developing the program for our launch as construction continues.”

Council also voted to accept a public artwork from Brad Jackson, which will adorn the internal stairwell of the main foyer of the Precinct.

The piece will be an installation of aluminium, glass and stainless steel, which will evoke the sense of water flowing through the space. A soundtrack of river and water sounds will add to the sense of immersion.

“Public art is an important facet of all of our public buildings and this piece will really elevate the internal ambience of the building,” Cr Long said.

Further submissions will be sought for a final public art piece that will be situated on the outside of the building.

Councillors agreed to seek more submissions to find a unique and iconic art piece that would complement the design of the precinct.

The Red Earth Arts Precinct is proudly supported by The Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, the WA Government’s Royalties for Regions program administered by the Pilbara Development Commission, the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project, Rio Tinto, City of Karratha and Lotterywest.