East Pilbara Arts Centre
Transforming the town of Newman
East Pilbara Art Centre (EPAC) is a contemporary, flexible gallery and working space providing Martumili Artists with a purpose-built creative facility for cultural expression, education, public exhibitions and the sale of work. Martumili Artists is an organisation representing self-employed artists across seven Aboriginal communities in the Eastern Pilbara.
The centre opened in April 2016 and was described by architect and UWA School of Design senior lecturer Jennie Officer as an important milestone in the revitalisation of Newman.
EPAC is a transformational building for the town of Newman; a powerful demonstration of commitment to social, cultural and creative excellence and inclusion. The award-winning design exceeds the scale and limitations of the initial brief, allowing for future flexibility and anticipating uses further than those initially briefed.
EPAC was the 2017 winner of the coveted Sir Zelman Cowen award in the National Architecture Awards for Public Architecture.
The inventiveness of Jennie Officer’s design has yielded benefits to the artists and community of Newman, and was awarded more than $8 million in funding.
Designed as a large-span, steel-framed shed, with a thermally decoupled insulated gallery and support areas deep inside, EPAC is both constructionally efficient and a durable, hard-working casing around the gentle activities and accommodation related to the making, celebration and support of art and artists.
EPAC awarded the coveted Sir Zelman Cowen award for public architecture
A Pilbara arts centre has been identified as one of Australia’s public architecture gems. The East Pilbara Arts Centre in Newman was last night named the winner of the coveted Sir Zelman Cowen award for public architecture at a ceremony in Canberra.Read more
Nesting galleries: East Pilbara Arts Centre
EPAC for Indigenous art collective Martumili Artists, designed by UWA Senior Lecturer Jennie Officer, is proving to be an important cultural facility for the small community of Newman in Western Australia.Read more
2017 National Architecture Awards: Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture
The East Pilbara Arts Centre has a civic presence in the small Western Australian mining town of Newman. It contains a gallery, support spaces, an artists’ studio, a residence and a large undercover multipurpose area, all displaying a confident modesty.Read more