Go-ahead for new arts venues

WILL HARVIE
Last updated 14:22 02/12/2013
Chch Arts Centre
Dean Kozanic/Fairfax NZ
NEW HOME: Free Theatre Christchurch will lease the Arts Centre's gymnasium building.

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Actors, artists and architects will get two new venues in Christchurch after the council last week approved a plan to see them take leases in the Arts Centre and a building in Waltham.

The creatives originally planned to come together in one venue in the central city to be called Exchange Christchurch (XCHC) and the council granted $120,000 from its Creative Industries Support Fund to make it happen.

But XCHC couldn't find a suitable venue. Instead, Free Theatre Christchurch will get $40,000 to occupy the gymnasium building in the Arts Centre.

The rest of the XCHC - artists and architects - will use $80,000 to lease a building at 376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham.

Council approved the change even though the Creative Industries Support Fund "is applicable only to the Central City", according to its charter.

Cr Yani Johanson said the funding had to be flexible.

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