$3 million announced for Fabrik Arts + Heritage

​Adelaide Hills Council has received $3 million in Federal and State funding from Local Economic Recovery support under the National Bushfire Recovery Fund, for Fabrik Arts+ Heritage, Lobethal.

Adelaide Hills Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom is thrilled at this support for Fabrik’s development

“The funding boost will enable this special site to be redeveloped, while keeping the original charm and honoring the significant legacy of the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill.

“Fabrik Arts + Heritage is a significant project for Adelaide Hills Council: the vision is innovative and unique, a bespoke facility informed by the community and referenced by its location in the former Onkaparinga Woollen Mill.

“The facility will include exhibition spaces, artist studios, workshops, artists in residence, a retail store and a heritage interpretation display celebrating the history of the Mill,” said Mayor Wisdom.

Director of Fabrik Arts + Heritage Melinda Rankin has been working closely with the community since its establishment in 2019.

“Since the Cudlee Creek fire, our focus has been on supporting the community in their recovery. After creating space within the walls of the former Blanket Room for the Bushfire Recovery Centre, Fabrik turned its attention throughout 2020 to developing a Creative Recovery program that engaged community members in creative activity as a means to reconnect, reflect and work through the impact of the fires. This included a Re:Gathered market, Market, artist workshops, a craft lending library, the Strum and Stroll event with the Adelaide Guitar Festival and the Regenerate exhibition held at the end of last year.

“This funding ensures that the work of Fabrik will continue to grow, developing the facility into significant arts space within the South Australian cultural landscape,” said Ms Rankin.

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