A grant from the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund has allowed the AMKI committee to prepare a business case for the Art Museum project. This business case, prepared by high-calibre consultants, shows a strong case for cultural, social and economic benefits to the Kangaroo Island community.
The Business Case for the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island is off and running with a crack team setting out the reasons why this project would be a boon to Kangaroo Island and to South Australia.
Backed by the strong support from the community and arts industry for the project and the preferred site during community consultation, we successfully applied for a Recovery grant from the Regional Arts Fund. The Art Museum of Kangaroo Island committee has engaged Kerstin Thompson Architects to prepare preliminary concepts for a building on that site, with WT Partnership to cost the building. Consultants Dougal McOmish of Eco Advisory and Maz McGann of Play Your Part are developing the economic, financial, social and cultural projections for the Art Museum.
If the projections say it’s a worthwhile exercise, then we forge ahead with a solid business case to back our vision. If they say it doesn’t stack up then we bow out gracefully having given it a good shot.
Landscape architecture students add to the project
A Masters design studio convened for University of Adelaide landscape architecture students explored the potential of the preferred site for the Art Museum. Fourteen students visited the site and toured the island over several days to appreciate its unique environments. The projects that emerged displayed a breadth of ideas for consideration in a landscape masterplan, and smaller features and material suggestions that could be included or adapted.
Each student had a particular theme of interest that they researched and developed. Some of the themes were light and shadow, birdlife, mallee woodland, rock garden, nature reframed, and projection art. Each project suggested particular uses and functions for the grounds, along with materials, particularly plantings, that suit these activities and site conditions.
We thank the students and in particular senior lecturer Dr Jo Russell-Clarke for their efforts and wealth of great ideas.
South Australia Arts and Cultural Tourism Consultation
We obviously believe that arts and cultural tourism are important for Kangaroo Island’s future (and suspect you do too). The SA Government is currently accepting comments on the future of South Australian Arts and Cultural Tourism. Please have your say.
It’s a large and expensive project that we’ve started. If you are able to help please visit our PayPal page to donate. Unfortunately, we can’t offer tax deduction as yet.
Kathie, Janine, Deb and Ria
Art Museum of Kangaroo Island Establishment Association Inc committee