Local not-for-profit wins Courthouse Gallery tender

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Courthouse Gallery employees Sophia Constantine and Louise Leech are preparing to move FORM’s operations into South Hedland.
Camera IconCourthouse Gallery employees Sophia Constantine and Louise Leech are preparing to move FORM’s operations into South Hedland. Credit: North West Telegraph, Daneka Hill

The future of the Courthouse Gallery in Port Hedland is secure with local not-for-profit group The Junction Co. securing the tender of the community cultural and arts space.

The council voted unanimously to award Junction Co. a two-year contract valued at $1,050,000 with the option of three 12-month extensions.

FORM, which managed the Courthouse Gallery since 2006 and the Visitors Centre since 2012, did not submit a proposal when the council put out a request for tender in January.

A spokesperson for the Town of Port Hedland said the Courthouse Gallery would remain at its current location.

“The current contract ends on 30 June 2019, The Junction Co. will take over management from the 1 July 2019,” the spokesperson said.

Deputy Mayor Louise Newbery said during the council meeting that she wanted the best for the new tenders and hoped they would keep activating the town’s West End as a cultural, historical artistic precinct.

FORM executive director Lynda Dorrington said the organisation decided not to submit a tender and instead would focus on South Hedland to develop and operate the Spinifex Hill Studios.

“We have loved delivering the arts-focused programming and cultural tourism in Port Hedland, and we believe we have made a meaningful contribution,” she said.

“We also take pride in knowing we have substantially upgraded the West End precinct, but it’s time to consider a different type of engagement.

“We wish the new operators of the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery the best of luck.”

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