Pump House Creative Enterprises, Maker Space & Residency Program

Council has secured $1.3M from the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund to upgrade two residences to improve accommodation for local and visiting artists and to transform the heritage listed Pump House at Water Works into a Maker Space.

This program works include:

Pump House Maker Space

This heritage listed building will be re-purposed into a Maker Space for artists, start-up businesses, do-it-yourself community, school groups and families offering equipment, skills and workshops across woodwork, metalwork, ceramics and printmaking.

The current floor area of 280m2 will be extended by an additional 54.5m2 to allow for reception/entry, office space and toilet facilities.

Once operational, the facility will become a financially sustainable enterprise through paid memberships. These memberships will allow access to the facility and equipment, plus a suite of educational programs catering for both school groups and individuals across the community.

A small outdoor courtyard will be installed as a space for pop-up cafes, and an area for hosting pop-up events such as small markets, artist talks and networking functions.

A Month in the Country

A partnership program between HotHouse Theatre, AlburyCity and Murray Arts, A Month in the Country is a residency program supporting the development of new Australian performance work.

Program funding will enable a major upgrade of the current residence, a six-bedroom farmhouse located at Wonga Wetlands. Works will include roofing, electrical and plumbing improvements. The interior of the property will also be upgraded, with improvements to the kitchen, bathroom, floor coverings and heating/cooling systems.

With an attached studio and rehearsal space that features a sprung floor, this Artist in Residence facility accommodated the artists, cast and crew, involved in HotHouse Theatre’s five to seven annual season shows.

MAMA House

MAMA House is located in the Albury Botanic Gardens Curators Cottage (built in 1909).  An Artist in Residence facility, MAMA House complements the programing at both MAMA and other council cultural facilities.

The house is separated from the public areas of the garden by a timber picket fence.  The garage has been converted into a Ceramics Studio, which caters for weekly classes.

Investment will be made to upgrade the heating and cooling and the electrical system will be upgraded to three-phase allowing for the continued and expanded use of the studio, as well as improving comfort levels for visiting artists.