Council honours locals Leigh Bowery and Jack Sheridan
The new performing arts theatre that forms part of the St Albans Community Centre will be named after internationally recognised artist and designer, Leigh Bowery.
The Bowery Theatre
The new performing arts theatre that forms part of the $8.9 million St Albans Community Centre, will be named in honour of internationally recognised performance artist and designer the late Leigh Bowery.
Brimbank Chair of Administrators John Watson said the theatre will be named ‘The Bowery Theatre’, which has the welcome support of the Bowery family.
“Bowery grew up in Brimbank and went on to make a name for himself internationally. He was considered one of the most influential arts figures in London and New York during the 1980s and 1990s, influencing people such as entertainers Boy George, Lady Gaga and haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier,” Mr Watson said.
“Bowery was a leader in avant-garde performance art, music, film and fashion design – his genre was as provocateur.”
Mr Watson added that performances at the theatre will demonstrate Council’s commitment to promote innovative, artistic and educative entertainment in Brimbank.
The Jack Sheridan Atrium
Council will also honour Jack Sheridan by naming the Centre’s Atrium after the local resident who died earlier this year, calling it: ‘The Jack Sheridan Atrium’.
“Mr Sheridan was a former Mayor and Councillor at the City of Keilor and through his leadership as President, the St Albans Community Cooperative Ltd contributed $2.5 million to the redevelopment of the centre,” Mr Watson said.Mr Watson said he was pleased the construction of the centre was on track with works expected to be completed later this year.
“The centre will offer a unique integrated model of new community and art spaces and a purpose-built theatre.”
This centre was designed after extensive consultation with key stakeholders.
Council will wholly own and operate the centre. A consultative committee representing industry, community and Council will be established to guide, and provide input into, programs and activities offered through the centre.