Future plans for Middleback

ART: Country Arts SA are looking to create an alternative performing arts space with input from the community. Pictrued: Whyalla's Middleback Arts Centre.
ART: Country Arts SA are looking to create an alternative performing arts space with input from the community. Pictrued: Whyalla's Middleback Arts Centre.

Country Arts SA CEO Steven Saffell says the future of the Middleback Theatre is a subject of a new master plan which could see a new performance space installed in Whyalla.

“The Middleback Arts Centre has been a fabulous facility, but it is tiring. It is over 30 years old, it doesn’t now meet the needs of 21st century audiences,” he said.

“Community groups and arts organisations are looking for much more diverse spaces. We’re looking for alternative spaces, a small black box performing arts space, potentially outdoors.

“We’ve had ideas and we know what’s required, we just need to put it all together in a plan. We have to consult with the community to make sure we’re on the right track.”

Currently the Middleback Arts Centre’s foyer is being used as an art gallery space. Mr Saffell said that was ‘not ideal’, and that Country Arts SA had identified possibilities for an alternative art gallery area.

“We are very keen to hear from the community about what they are seeking in terms of an art gallery and re-developing the Middleback Arts Centre,” he said.

Country Arts SA are hoping to have a master plan put together by the end of June, and plan to host a community forum between now and then.

They will be actively engaging with key stakeholders such as the Whyalla City Council in regards to the future of the Middleback Arts Centre in the coming months.

Centre Manager Ryan Sutherland said she was very excited about the potential for a re-developed performing arts space for the community to utilise.