Arts and Cultural Centre

Singleton's new Arts and Cultural Centre is on track for a grand opening in March 2022.

The $4.08 million project is funded by a $2.787million NSW Government grant from Create NSW with the remainder by Council. 

The Arts and Culture Centre has been designed in keeping with the Townhead Park MasterPlan, and in conjunction with existing facilities on the site including the Visitor Information Centre, café and playground. It will transform this important location off the Hunter Expressway and New England Highway into a hub for visitors, the Singleton community, arts and culture, recreation and leisure.

The final design includes more than 200m2 of state-of-the-art gallery space, two artists’ studios including a wet space and digital space, work room and storage. The building will connect to the existing VIC via an outdoor courtyard that will also be a space for sculptural artworks and a place for people to meet. The design is customised to be a state-of-the-art art and exhibition space, and incorporates a number of sustainable and environmental elements including solar. 

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NOVEMBER 2021

11 years since it opened, the refurbishment of the Visitor Information Centre is almost complete and symbolises Council’s renewed approach to visitor experience, enabling the centre to tell the stories of Singleton as a destination, as well as enable more opportunities for local product and industry promotion.

Renovation works included:

  • Painting – external and internal to tie with new Arts and Cultural Centre building
  • New flooring
  • Remodelling of internal Visitor Information Centre
  • Removal of extra roofing and re-routing down pipes
  • Window screening adjacent to new entry ramp

The Visitor Information Centre attracts 12,000 visitors a year and will reopen to the public on 6 December 2021. 

Works are also progressing on the Arts and Cultural Centre, with vibrant red cladding now visible on the outside of the two studios at the rear of the facility. Work inside includes plastering, painting and the installation of new joinery. Earthworks are also continuing outside, with landscaping and drainage to come. 

SEPTEMBER 2021

Singleton's new Arts and Cultural Centre is on track for a grand opening in March 2022.

The new building is close to lock up, but construction has been delayed by COVID through the delivery of materials, with completion expected in November, followed by internal fit-out and integration with the existing Visitor Information Centre.

Council allocated funding to the internal fit out of the new building, as well as the refurbishment of the Visitor Information Centre, at its September ordinary meeting.

Dr Faye Neilson has also been appointed as Coordinator Arts and Culture for Singleton Council. 

JUNE 2021

The long-awaited Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre is taking shape as pre-cast walls installed and roof framing craned in.

 The $4.08 million project is funded by a $2.787million NSW Government grant from Create NSW with the remainder by Council.

 Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr, Council’s Director Infrastructure and Planning said the building was designed in keeping with the Townhead Park Master Plan and followed the completion of the new Townhead Park Bike Track recently.

 The new building will connect to the existing Visitor Information Centre via a common foyer and outdoor courtyard, and will include gallery and exhibition space and artists’ workshops.

 “It’s great to see the building coming together with the concrete foundation now making way for the pre-cast walls,” Mr Fitzpatrick-Barr said.

 “Civil works are also continuing on the site for carparking, drainage and water infrastructure.

“We’re looking forward to the official opening of the centre in spring as an important project to help cement our focus on being a regional destination for arts and culture.”

JANUARY 2021

Construction will begin on the Singleton Arts + Culture Centre on Wednesday 6 January 2021. Council's contractor, Lahey Constructions will be onsite to to setup temporary fencing, establish a site office, as well as remove trees and the existing bike track (this will be replaced with a new track adjacent to the new Townhead Park playground this year).

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