SUNSHINE COAST ARTS INDUSTRY PRECINCT
Old Ambulance Station
Cnr Howard St & William St Nambour
The Sunshine Coast Arts Industry Precinct is the only community-run cultural facility on the Sunshine Coast. Over the last 2 years, the old Ambulance Station in Howard St has been transformed into a thriving business & cultural hub.
To get an idea of the scope of the project, imagine the gritty, urban feel & atmosphere of the Brisbane Powerhouse, but with a distinctive Sunny Coast flavour.
The Black Box Theatre performance space offers a soundproofed theatre that seats 170 people, or maybe you prefer the beanbag cinema which will be showing B-Grade, old school movies, plus check out Ground Zero Gallery art space with 3 galleries & workshop space & a multimedia recording studio just to top things off.
3 of the Coast’s coolest businesses have set up shop in the SCAIP space, catering for the alternative-minded amongst us, with Freaks Like Us offering offbeat fashion & homewares, Backbeat Records, the legendary vinyl record collectable store (which has moved to Nambour from its well known hideout at the Big Top in Maroochydore) & Emergency Room specialising in street art & skateboards.
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Council owns the building and leases it to SCAIP. The entire space is managed by SCAIP and run by a voluntary board, with rents from the tenant businesses allowing for up-and-coming artists, social entrepreneurs & all kinds of creatives to be supported through workshops and mentoring without the need for a single cent of government funding. (How cool is that?)
As an independent not-for-profit voluntary-based community-run arts facility SCAIP has a relationship with council, but doesn't rely on it. Their business plan is really strong & sustainable for the long term.
SCAIP has a really gritty, urban feel & has instantly become the coolest spot in Nambour & possibly the entire Sunshine Coast. With the wicked shops housed within its walls plus a professional art gallery hanging system & space as big as the Caloundra Regional Gallery, this amazing facility is the cultural hub Nambour has been waiting for, making it the go-to place on the Coast for creatives & those with a mindset that may be a little left of centre or worlds away from the mainstream. Think edgy.
The SCAIP space offers programs like the Edgeware course for creative businesses, with a network of 40 ‘edgies’ meeting there regularly to talk business plans and growth tips. There is a belief the creative sector has a right to receive funding to do its art, but there is also another school that says if you truly believe in what you're doing, you should treat it like a business.
SCAIP invests in people with professional training and mentoring and provide a space which is subsidised through the commitment of a partnership, and that spreads responsibility through a collective group of people all singing from the same book. That is the mechanism for sustainability. SCAIP’s vision is to be the engine driving the growth of the creative industries on the Sunshine Coast.
For more info email: email@example.com
or visit: www.scaip.com.au