The Old Fire Station, Community Arts and Volunteer Hub

Old fire station

Redcliffe's historic fire station has undergone a $2 million council redevelopment to transform the heritage listed building into an exciting new community space.

A community open day was held on Saturday, 28 February 2015 to officially open the Old Redcliffe Fire Station Community and Volunteer Arts Hub.

Features

Old Redcliffe Fire Station Community Arts and Volunteer Hub features an art gallery and creative workshop space leased to local arts groups in addition to a volunteer hub which is available for hire by local community groups.

Art Gallery and Creative Workshop

This exciting new art gallery and creative space is leased by the Redcliffe Art Society, Redcliffe Pottery Group and Moreton Bay Arts Council.

Redcliffe Art Society

The Redcliffe Art Society Inc. works towards the pursuit of excellence in art and encourages artists to enjoy practicing their work and learning new skills. The Art Society offers its members daily art classes and regular workshops conducted by nationally recognised tutors.

The society's new premises at the Old Redcliffe Fire Station Community Arts and Volunteer Hub will include an art gallery, art library, a retail shop where members' art works can be displayed and sold.

This facility will enable artists to exhibit and develop their skills by sharing the experience of exploring art practice together.

Members of the public can join the Redcliffe Art Society and get involved in art classes, workshops and events. See the Redcliffe Art Society website for more information about how to join and get involved.

Redcliffe Pottery Group

The Redcliffe Pottery Group offers programs and activities for people interested in clay as an art medium. The group provides opportunities for people to meet, exchange ideas and knowledge, and offer services that are not normally available to amateur artists of this medium including pottery wheels, tools, glazes and firing services.

The group runs regular beginner classes in wheel-throwing and hand building as well as specialty workshops and demonstrations.

As the only pottery group on the Redcliffe Peninsula, this group offers the local community access to pottery workshops, equipment and the beautiful pottery creations which will be on display in the Old Fire Station.

See Redcliffe Pottery Group for more information about how to join the Redcliffe Pottery Group and get involved in pottery classes.

Moreton Bay Arts Council

Moreton Bay Arts Council commenced in 2003 and is one of 50 non- profit arts councils affiliated with Artslink Queensland. The Arts Council assists all creative and artistic endeavours in the Moreton Bay Region including Visual Arts, Applied Arts and Performing Arts.

The organisation is involved in making arts activities and events more affordable and accessible to all sectors of the community through the hosting of cultural events, exhibitions, workshops, live performances and open forums. The Arts Council provides assistance and advice on funding and promotion to both individual artists and groups. The Arts Council can auspice and support unincorporated arts organisations.

For more information visit the Moreton Bay Arts Council website

Volunteer Hub

The Volunteer Hub is available to local not-for-profit community groups and is suitable for meetings and workshops for up to 40 people.

Hirers get full use of the Volunteer Hub with any booking including the meeting room, breakout lounge and kitchenette.

The meeting room (5m x 9m) is furnished with tables, chairs, a whiteboard, lectern and projector. The breakout lounge features café style seating and has access to a kitchenette equipped with a fridge, microwave and basic cutlery and crockery.

The Volunteer Hub is available between 9:00am - 9:30pm seven days a week.

To find out more or to make a booking see Redcliffe Volunteer Hub.

History

Designed by local surveyor J.R Hughes, the Redcliffe Fire Station was opened in 1949. All of the original features of the heritage listed building have been retained, including the original training and hose drying tower as part of the redevelopment project.

During the 70s, 80s and 90s, the Old Fire Station's wishing well and its gardens were a favourite wedding photo destination for brides and grooms and have been retained as part of the building's renovation.

The landmark was placed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2005.

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