'Exciting step': Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre prepares for reopening

'Exciting step': Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre prepares for reopening

The Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) will hit the ground running when it opens on Monday, October 18.

Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller said the reopening of Liverpool's "preeminent culture and arts facility" is an exciting step forward in reigniting community spirit after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. COVID-19 protocols will be in place for all who attend the venue.

"Opening in the Marsden Gallery will be a community exhibition presented in partnership with the Hindu Council to celebrate Diwali, featuring over 300 carefully crafted and handmade dolls that celebrate the life of Rama, a central figure in Hindu culture. There will also be a film screening to accompany the celebrations,"Ms Waller said.

"In the Switch Gallery, CPAC will unveil a sculpture exhibition featuring pieces from Council's collection managed by the Casula Powerhouse. The exhibition will focus on looking at objects 'in the round' (in real life) as a refreshing change from seeing everything in 'flat' 2D on screens during lockdown.

"An exhibition that was previously scheduled to occur prior to lockdown called Looking at Painting will be in the Hopper Gallery, featuring significant and emerging female artists pushing the boundaries of paint as a medium. Artists included are Nell, Carmen Glynn-Braun, Jody Graham, Rochelle Haley, Kirtika Kain, Hayley Megan French, Claudia Nicholson, Judy Watson, and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

"As you enter the Turbine Hall you will be greeted with a video artwork on the large main screen, called Wishing You Well. It will be a lovely tribute to springtime and the joy of reopening the venue by local artist Eye Shen, who created an animated video of flowers from her mother's garden as a lockdown project.

"In addition, the Kids Gallery will reopen for our youngest residents with an exhibition titled Sense of Place featuring works from local school children."

CPAC will continue to run digital online programs with monthly Italian film screenings continuing online for October and November.

The kids workshops and art classes will also continue online until December, including Art School After School, Creative Connections, and Art Club.

A new adult art class called Painting at the Powerhouse will begin online and continue in-person from December.

Casula Powerhouse's on-site restaurant Bellbird Dining and Bar will reopen for coffee and takeaway from Friday October 15. New takeaway Picnic Packs will also be available and will continue after in-person dining resumes on Wednesday, October 20.