Public Art will become an intrinsic part of Singleton’s identity, enriching tourism, and boosting the local economy. It will activate spaces and build landmarks that celebrate our creativity, heritage, and culture.
The Singleton Local Government Area (LGA) is known for its rich, diverse, cultural heritage. An idyllic riverside locale, nestled in the Hunter Valley amongst rolling vineyards, a patchwork of farming and rural landscapes, with a backdrop of mining and industry. This country setting plays host to a variety of recreational, sporting and outdoor adventure opportunities including world Heritage national parks, First Nations heritage sites and a first-class Arts + Cultural Centre. The Singleton LGA lies within the custodial lands of the Wanaruah, Wonnarua People and acknowledges the long history of its traditional owners.
The Singleton LGA is strategically located in the center of the Hunter Valley Region in New South Wales, within easy reach of other major centers including Maitland, Newcastle and Sydney. First settled in 1821 it was primarily an agricultural center, however this rapidly changed in the mid-1970s with the influx of the mining sector. Today, this area is known for its superb offerings of local and gourmet produce. Olive groves, citrus orchard and internationally renowned vineyards inhabit the outlying quant villages and hamlets. The Singleton LGA has become a prestigious source of tourism with boutique getaways, first class guesthouses, farm stays and cellar doors attracting visitors looking for the ideal natural setting.
The LGA has a population of approximately 24,577 and the Singleton town center is the main commercial and retail center for the local population, as well as for visitors to the area. It is a busy commercial center supported by a vibrant community with an underpinning in the mining, electricity-generation, military, agricultural and tourism sectors.
Council recognises that facilitating opportunities for community engagement and participation in quality arts and cultural programs can enrich the personal lives of residents and support the social and cultural wellbeing of the community. A quality arts and cultural program enhances the region’s identity and reputation and will provide opportunities for cultural tourism that feeds creative industry development and contribute to economic diversity.
Council is committed and ambitious in its pursuit of quality arts infrastructure and strategic creative arts programming. We will actively seek opportunities to integrate creativity into many aspects of community life and encourage community members and visitors to participate and be engaged.