The Federal Government has announced a $1 million contribution to the Bell Shakespeare capital campaign, which will help the company secure a permanent home at Sydney’s Pier 2/3.
The funding will be used to leverage other private donations for the capital campaign.
Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield said, ‘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.’
‘I’m extremely grateful to the Australian Government for this extraordinary investment in Bell Shakespeare, which recognises our contribution to Australian cultural life,’ John Bell said.
‘I am delighted the company, led by Peter Evans, will finally have security at its home at Pier 2/3 in Sydney.
Peter Evans, Artistic Director of Bell Shakespeare said on behalf of the Board and staff that he was 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,’ he 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.
‘For the past 26 years, Bell Shakespeare has performed for more than 2.5 million students, teachers and audience members throughout the country,’ Mr Bell said.