Creative Gladstone pleased to have found a new home
CREATIVE Gladstone is rolling out the welcome mat at its new home.
Previously known as Community Arts on Goondoon, the group was given a notice to leave its building by March 2014 in November last year.
Since then, it had sought a new home while continuing art workshops and displays.
Media co-ordinator Kristel Kelly said 97 Auckland St was easy to find compared to the last building which was at 89 Goondoon St.
"It (moving) was inevitable, but it was shocking it happened that early," she said.
But she was quick to remark on the excitement of finding the new residence.
"But more than anything it felt like a new start and a way for the community to get to know us again in a new location," she said.
"To have the opportunity to be in a space that's easier to find is a great opportunity."
Creative Gladstone member Christa Coetzee approached the owners to initiate negotiations to secure the site.
The building, which was previously a preschool, has been vacant for the past five years.
Some of the internal structures are going to be replaced, but they hope to keep the children's bubblers and toilets for their youngest workshop attendees.
With more than 100 members, they made ends meet in the meantime with alternative places for classes and workshops.
From holding children's classes over Easter and adult classes at the Senior Citizens Centre and the Gladstone Marina, it has been a long time coming for a place to call home.
"It's a really great thing to have a place we can reconnect and get together. You feel a bit lost without a home," Ms Kelly said.
The community group is open to people of all ages, interests and talents.
"I think a lot of people underestimate the artistic talent in our industry town," she said.
"Creative people benefit from being around creative people. They can share ideas, techniques and a cup of tea when you can stand back and take a look at your work."
For more information about Creative Gladstone, visit creativegladstone.org.au.