Creating a Home for Creative Business Development

Saturday 24 August 2019

Breathing new life into the heritage-listed water pump house building, the PumpHouse project will be the new home of professional creative development on the border.

Equipped with the tools and machinery required across four mediums – Ceramics, Metalwork, Woodwork and jewellery making – this space will become a mecca for artists and makers across our region that are keen to collaborate and learn new skills.

Our region is forging a strong reputation for creative enterprise with the development of MAMA, the award winning Albury LibraryMuseum and plans to create an impressive Library and Gallery in the heart of Wodonga.

In support of the aspirations to grow our creative economy, AlburyCity has been successful in securing $1 million in funding through the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund for the development of a professional artist incubator.

A key deliverable of the Albury Creative Economy Strategy, developed and adopted by AlburyCity in 2017, the PumpHouse project demonstrates our city’s willingness to invest in engaging with the community and identifying the priorities for expansion in our cultural industry.

The PumpHouse will bring together elements of cultural activity already taking place in the community, and consolidating them into a cohesive and collaborative program. It also aims to attract established and emerging creative talent to our region, making Albury competitive in the national landscape, with a view to successfully supporting the growth of entrepreneurial skills in creative practitioners, and ensuring growing creative economies are resilient from the ground up.

During construction, the PumpHouse project is estimated to generate an additional $1.216M per annum in direct and indirect benefits to output in the Albury Wodonga regional economy.

Importantly, the project will increase entrepreneurial capacity of local creatives, reducing production/manufacturing costs through a co-working model, and provide a subsequent increase in employment options for regionally based artists and the opportunities for real-world experience to young emerging artists.

With detailed design for the building currently underway, the PumpHouse is expected to open its doors in late 2020 / early 2021.