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The People’s Hall Exhibition hailed a complete success

THE PEOPLE’S HALL- CIVIC HALL FROM EARLY CONCEPTS TO FUTURE POSSIBILITIES

We are delighted to announce that the recent People’s Hall exhibition was a resounding success thanks to the support of many businesses, community groups and individuals throughout the community.  Attendance was around 500 for the 12 days that the exhibition was open.  Our Official launch was attended by 120+ people and we were treated to a performance by the Beaufort Municipal Band, winners of the 1974 South St Competition at Civic Hall .   Graeme Vendy OAM of the Vibratones opened the exhibition with his account of the many dances that he and his fellow band members performed at The Civic Hall.  Councillor Samantha McIntosh also represented the Council offering some  words of encouragement and joined in the atmosphere of the opening.

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From this exhibition we were able to develop many more contacts and networks in addition to identifying additional items of memorabilia and events pertaining to the Civic Hall.

We are exploring the possibility of publishing a book from the abundance of material and contributions offered by so many ordinary citizens who over the years had some form of affiliation with the hall as a user, performer or a worker.

There have also been offers by people with expertise to write chapters and advise on publishing so we will work towards the book’s development in the near future.

The 10 Concepts were endorsed by Council to proceed with Phase 2 of the Community Design Process

Last Wednesday night the 8th July at the Council meeting, the councilors unanimously voted to endorse  Here Studio’s 10 concepts that were  developed during Phase 1 of the Community Design Process in order to proceed to Phase 2

Phase 2 is well and truly underway and Here Studio are asking for feedback on the 10 concepts in order for them to narrow down the preferences into 5 concepts at the end of this phase.  It is critical that everyone views the concepts, gets involved and selects their preferences or maybe there are other ideas among the community that have yet to be explored.  

Now is the time to visit the Foyer of the Civic Hall and put forth your preferences/ideas so that 5 designs can be selected  in order to go forth into Phase 3 which will produce 3 fully fledged designs on which  Council will vote for the re-development of the Civic Hall Site.  Phase 3 is expected to end in March 2016 which will lead to a final decision by Councilors.

The Save Civic Hall Group will advocate  on the full retention of the Civic Hall’s Main auditorium and the Lower Civic Hall.

The 10 Concepts can be viewed here and at the Civic Hall foyer:

http://www.civichallsite.org/

Feedback can be given at the Open Door Studio in Foyer at the Civic Hall on :

Tuesdays:  9-5pm, Thursdays 12noon-7pm and the 1st Saturday of the Month 9am-1pm

FREE TALKS ON SATURDAY 20TH JUNE: ART DECO & THE CREMATORIUM DESIGNED BY HL COBURN

FREE TALKS TO WIND UP THE EXHIBITION:

This week is the last week of the People’s Hall Civic Hall Exhibition.  Much to see including art, photos, memorabilia, cartoons and newsreels.  Crowds have been pleasing  and there is still time to visit  until Sunday 21st June Hours are as follows:

When: Thursday – Sunday 12 Noon-4pm

Where: Backspace Gallery Camp St

FREE ENTRY

To wind up a very successful  exhibition there will be free talks this Saturday 2oth June commencing at 2.00pm

Art Deco Talk by Robin Grow, President of The Art Deco and Modernism Society of Australia.  Robin will explain the significance of the Civic Hall and how it fits into the overall collection of Art Deco buildings in Ballarat. 

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David Beames CEO of the Ballarat Cemetery Trust will talk about The Ballarat  Crematorium and its resemblance to the Civic Hall and the controversy surrounding its conception in the 1950’s. 

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Come and visit the exhibition and enjoy the talks and chat over a free cup of tea or coffee…..guaranteed to be an interesting afternoon.   Bring a fiend or two..all welcome!!

The People’s Hall-Civic Hall Exhibition

The People’s Hall- Civic Hall….From early concepts to future possibilities

Where:         The Backspace Gallery- Camp Street Ballarat

When:           4th-21st June 2015.     12 Noon – 4pm  Thursday-Sunday

Entry:           FREE

Don’t miss this fabulous exhibition on everything Civic Hall related…from Artworks, photography and memorabilia to Cartoons and Costumes.  The Exhibition explores the Civic Hall’s  uses over the four decades that it served the community,  until its closure in 2002.   It is a factual exhibition that shows the reasons for its conception in the 1930’s to the  events and concerts that took place during its heyday and its eventual decline and debate over its future during the past decade.

There are many spectacular items…many never seen before.  The collection is sourced from institutions, community groups and individuals..each telling their own unique story and allowing for the  stripping back of the the many layers of Social and Architectural History to eventually  expose a magnificent tapestry of Local History.

Also join us for Saturday the 20th June for two fascinating talks at 2.00pm

Robin Grow of The Art Deco and Modernism Society of Australia

Learn about this popular Architectural style that is becoming more recognised and also extends to artworks and collectables.  How can we identify an Art Deco building by its features?  All will be revealed by Robin’s expertise and extensive knowledge of this architectural style and that of post WW2  modernist buildings

David Beames…CEO of The Ballarat Cemetery Trust

David will talk about the Crematorium that was designed by HL Coburn and son, the architect who designed the Civic Hall.  Little is known about this magnificent building and its similarity to Civic Hall.  We will also learn how the Cemetery Trust assists in research of family histories and history in general.

Look what was in Saturday’s edition of The Courier…..

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3113925/exhibition-to-share-the-civic-halls-story/?cs=62

Art Deco Walks and Civic Hall Tours this weekend

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TOURS OF THE INTERIOR OF THE HALL

***Council has just released an amendment to arrangements for the  Civic Hall Tours***

Civic Hall Tours are every hour on the half hour starting at 10.30am on Saturday and Sunday

 10.30,  11.30,  12.30pm,  1.30,  2.30,  3.30

Tours are limited to 8 people per tour and Hard Hats must be worn and Hi Vis vests.

Tours are to be booked at the Civic Hall only, so it may be a good idea to book your tour of the hall at the foyer and then go on to the Art Deco Walk or other Heritage Weekend events and come back.

The Art Deco walks will proceed as advertised….

***The Art Deco Walks are at 10.30am and 2.00pm on both days and are led by Robin Grow, President of The Art Deco and Modernism Society of Australia. The walks leave from the Civic Hall…put on your comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to be enlightened***

 

Civic Hall…stunning views under mood lighting..

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TRANSITION EXHIBITION BY HERE STUDIO

Did you catch the Transition exhibition at the Civic Hall today?  The launch took place last night and the Grand Old Lady looked spectacular in her mood lighting.  The lighting captured and highlighted the ornate Art Deco features…The Embossed ceiling, the gorgeous suspended light fittings, rare, solid Otway Timber floor, original stage and drapes. and the bold geometric pillars.   The scene would have  been complete except for the boarded windows.  Could you imagine watching a concert or wining and dining at a function here at The Civic Hall complete with lighting and all the Art Deco fittings and features?  The hall has a presence that invites you in and leaves you wanting more…

This event marked the end of the 1st phase of the Community Design Process.  The 10 Concepts were on show and will be available for further viewing and feedback from this Tuesday….please post more comments at the Foyer on Tuesdays 9am-5pm and Thursdays 12pm-7pm.  The Here Studio Staff need to know what you liked or did not like about the concepts…they are not set in concrete and the next phase of the process will refine them down to 5 concepts based on your feedback and that of the whole community…so get involved!!

Thank you to Mairin Broidy and her hubby for creating this beautiful portrayal of what could be at the Ballarat Civic Hall.

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HERITAGE WEEKEND- THE CIVIC HALL INTERIOR WILL OPEN AGAIN FOR THE ART DECO WALKS

If you missed seeing the Transition Exhibition there will be another opportunity to view the interior of this magnificent hall  during the Art Deco Tours which commence at the Civic Hall.

Free tours will be conducted by Art Deco & Modernism President and Expert Robin Grow who will walk you through the hall and show you the significant collection of Art Deco buildings that  occupy Ballarat’s CBD.   Both Fascinating and educational…not to be missed!

Tours are on the Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May, 10.30 am and 2.00pm both days.

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THE PEOPLE’S HALL- CIVIC HALL…FROM EARLY CONCEPTS TO FUTURE POSSIBILITIES….

While you are viewing the Civic Hall at the Art Deco Tours be sure to catch the TASTER for The People’s Hall-Civic Hall, From Early Concepts to Future Possibilities Exhibition which will be at The Backspace Gallery June 4-21.  It is a free exhibition showing artworks, memorabilia, photographs and euphoria.  The taster is on the right hand side as you go into the Foyer of the hall.

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The People’s Hall: Civic Hall from early concepts to future possibilities

The Peoples Hall FBT

Put it in your diary now! This exhibition traces the Civic Hall from the massive predecessor halls (Alfred and Coliseum) through its design and construction to its heyday when it was the key place for community, civic, and commercial celebrations and events.

The exhibition opens at Backspace Gallery, Alfred Deakin Place (behind the Art Gallery of Ballarat) on 4 June and runs till 21 June.

Gallery hours are 12 – 4pm, Thursdays to Sundays.

It will be a great show, with spectacular historical items, costumes, artworks, cartoons, videos and soundtracks from some of the great bands that performed there.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome!

Courier reports secret deals

Unbelievable news in today’s Courier.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3000218/ballarat-mayors-plan-to-drain-civic-hall-funds/?cs=62

Hard to believe that this Council has formally approved the community design process that will determine the future of the whole site of the Civic Hall, but is now engaged in underhand deals to remove its funding.

 

CIVIC HALL-CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY EVENT….ANOTHER COBURN ARCHITECTURAL ACHIEVEMENT

A CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA EVENT AT THE CIVIC HALL

Please join us this Sunday 1st March at 1.00pm-4.00pm to clean up The Civic Hall site and then afterwards for a BYO afternoon tea and a chat in Civic Hall’s own  Pocket Park..please bring  your own gloves and a chair if desired.  Rubbish bags will be provided.

The weather forecast is showers clearing with an expected top temperature of 20 degrees so it should be rather pleasant in the afternoon….Hope to see you there!!

http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/?Civic+Hall+Precient

ONE OF BALLARAT’S LESSER KNOWN ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES

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Today, Merle, Judith and Barbara had the pleasure of a private  viewing of some documents from the  Ballarat Crematorium before and after it was built and opened in 1958.  This remarkable building resembles the Civic Hall and was designed by HL Coburn who designed The Civic Hall.  The building as it is seen today has had some modifications, however originally it was adorned in some beautiful Art Deco features.  Some of the features are still visible.  We are hoping to be able to display some of the Crematorium design artworks and photos for the up coming exhibition at the Backspace Gallery in June 2015.

Surrounded by beautifully kept gardens, The Cemetery Trust, staff and maintenance crew have done Mr Coburn’s building the justice it deserves unlike the Civic Hall which has been the victim of a “Demolition By Neglect” mentality by successive councils.  Hopefully this trend can be reversed by the Community Design process to find a suitable design for the retention of The Civic Hall…but it relies on your input!!

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THE OPEN DOOR STUDIO IN THE FOYER

The  Community Participatory Design Process is currently in progress in the foyer of the Civic Hall.  The future of the Civic Hall relies on participation by the community so if you have not visited the foyer yet, now might be a good time to do so as the consultants are nearing the 1st milestone in the process.  Multiple visits are also encouraged.

The opening hours of the Open Door Studio are as follows:

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CIVIC HALL IS NOMINATED FOR HERITAGE LISTING!

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CIVIC HALL IS NOMINATED FOR HERITAGE LISTING

Last Friday 13th Febraury 2015 on Community Radio Voice Fm’s World Radio Program,  President of the Art Deco and Modernism Society Of Australia, Robin Grow announced that the Society has lodged a nomination for the Ballarat Civic Hall to be included on Victoria’s Heritage Register.

The Civic Hall was nominated once before in 2012 by Ballarat’s Heritage Watch but failed to be accepted for Heritage Listing citing that it had Local significance only.   Heritage Victoria recommended that it should be listed on the Ballarat City Council’s own listing in its Heritage Overlay as it had considerable Local Significance rather than State Significance.

Since then after considerably more research more evidence supporting its potential for State Significance  has been revealed.  The Ballarat Civic Hall was the first hall to be built in Victoria which broke away from the traditional concept of being attached to a council office and administration building which is of Architectural significance.  It was the first stand alone Multi-purpose Hall that occupied its own site and thus set a precedent for many other Civic Halls around Melbourne and other parts of the state.  The Art Deco and Modernism Society feel that The Civic Hall is a worthy candidate for Heritage Listing.

The date for the hearing has yet to be announced.  We will post more information as it becomes available.  Here is the Heritage Victoria Hearings link:

http://heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/hearings-appeals/registration-hearings/scheduled-registration-hearings/

You might like to view the website for The Art Deco and Modernism Society of Australia and keep up to date with their news on their conservation work throughout Australia.

http://www.artdeco.org.au/

 

REGULAR SEGMENT ON COMMUNITY RADIO 99.9 VOICEFM

The Civic Hall will be the topic of a regular monthly segment on Community Radio 99.9 Voice Fm and will be on air again this Friday 19th February at around 11.10am.  The segment is presented by Alan Steinman as part of Community Voices.

Catch up on all the Civic Hall News and the program will feature interviews, information and the music of the Civic Hall Performers.

Tune in to 99.9 FM on your dial.  If you are not near a radio you can get  streaming on your computer by downloading the App and listen to 99.9 VoiceFM Community Radio anytime and catch the program.   Just copy and paste this link into your browser:

http://www.voicefm.com.au/listen-live-online/

THE COMMUNITY DESIGN PROCESS CONTINUES

The future of the Civic Hall relies on you!  At the Open Door Studio in the foyer of  the Civic Hall,  the consultants are now entering the design phase of the process and need your feedback.

The Community Workshops took place two weeks ago and lots of ideas and concepts have been gathered and they will now begin to develop the designs.  Please keep calling in to the Civic Hall foyer to see the latest developments.  If you have not visited the foyer yet there are some great displays to view and the consultants are always happy to hear your views on the future of the Civic Hall.

You can sign up for the weekly newsletter at:  civichallsite.org

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POST WAR BUILDINGS ARE BEING RECOGNISED IN BALLARAT

https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/2607840/council-saves-historic-home/&sa=U&ei=kAA1VPDdCIWpyATrqYKQDQ&ved=0CAYQFjAA&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNE4JTR3hQ2FC6cXLKkPDsWrR2TOjA

A 1960’s Lake Wendouree residential home is saved from the wrecking ball according to the Courier 6th October 2014.  The home was designed by Robin Boyd one of Ballarat’s famous architects and is a post war Modernist building.

Whilst it is welcome news the question must be raised.  Why did the Council vote to apply for a demolition application for  Ballarat’s  Civic Hall?   The Civic Hall is an historic building  of Architectural and Social significance.  We are the only large and growing regional city in Victoria without an operating Civic Centre.  Hopefully common sense will prevail and our Civic Hall will be reactivated and refurbished for public use….. The Community Design Process is about to open very soon.

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