Comment: What Makes a Successful Venue?

COMMENT What makes a successful venue? Managing a regional venue brings with it a number of complicated challenges: diverse markets, limited funding, venue equipment and infrastructure found lacking, a venue owner with a range of competing priorities (e.g., sewerage, garbage and IT) and often with no experience or understanding of arts and culture. There is… More

Case Study: Creative Partnerships Australia and BREC fundraising work

In 2014/2015 James Boyd, WA Manager for Creative Partnerships Australia, worked with the team at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on a fundraising campaign. Over $120,000 was raised in a ‘Name a Seat Campaign’. James Boyd was very  ‘available’ to the Centre and provided some great advice by both visiting the Centre and also in being a… More

Case Study: Beverley Station Arts

The Beverley Station Arts Gallery and Amphitheatre                                                                                   Beverley Station Arts Inc. is a dedicated… More

Case Study: BREC and Ochre Dance

In July 2016, we wrote about a planned collaboration between Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre and Ochre Contemporary Dance Company. In August and September 2016, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre is welcoming Perth-based Ochre Contemporary Dance Company to Bunbury for a five-week residency. Ochre will be based in BREC’s Cube Theatre and will spend time with local artists,… More

Case Study: NORPA

Based in the regional centre of Lismore in the Northern Rivers NSW, Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) is renowned for presenting a Season of curated and home-grown works that are both challenging and accessible to regional audiences. Increasing access to the performing arts is at the core of NORPA’s artistic program, embracing the diversity of… More

Comment: Oddysea (Sensorium Theatre and Performing Lines)

Commentary by Joel McGuinness (Director, JAM Creative and former General Manager at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre) I was properly introduced to the full production of Oddysea by Sensorium Theatre after a full week of the APACA (Australian Performing Arts Centres Association) Conference in Sydney. Like most Programmers and Presenters my head was full, my attention span… More

Comment: WA Venues Needs Analysis ‘Road Trip’ with Joel McGuinness

Comment: ‘Road trip’ with Joel McGuinness Earlier this year, Joel McGuinness, former general manager at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, and Director of JAM Creative Arts, travelled all over Western Australia as part of a ‘Needs Analysis Project’ for the Department of Culture and the Arts and CircuitWest. The Needs Analysis Project was developed in conjunction with… More

Case Study: Opera Australia’s Regional Children’s Chorus

OPERA AUSTRALIA CASE STUDY – REGIONAL CHILDREN’S CHORUS Over 20 years of consecutive national regional touring, Opera Australia has enriched the lives of over 245,000 people living in regional and rural Australia by presenting high caliber opera in a variety of venues and spaces – from pig sheds to town halls and proscenium arch theatres… More

Case Study: BREC Out of the Box

Case Study: Out of the Box in Bunbury With a history spanning almost 25 years, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre underwent a huge $12.5 million transformation in 2014 which included the addition of a 242-seat “Black Box” theatre name The Cube, conferencing facilities and a Sky Bar which takes advantage of stunning views over the Leschenault… More

Case Study: Country Arts WA

Case Study: Country Arts WA Country Arts WA delivers extensive state and national touring programs, arts development programs, strategic projects, and manages devolved funding on behalf of the State and Federal Governments – this includes funding for arts projects, support for key regional arts organisations, regional artists, Aboriginal arts, and culture and youth specific programs.… More