Redland City Mayor Karen Williams with Leo Herreygers of Art Unlimited.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams with Leo Herreygers of Art Unlimited. nicky.norman

Program to bring artistic flair to Cleveland city centre

UNDER-UTILISED CBD businesses will be transformed into creative spaces under a new council program officially launched recently.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Renew Cleveland program would bring artistic flair to the city's commercial district.

"This program is a real win-win; it will see currently under-utilised CBD space brought to life by local artists who can lease the commercial space on a short-term basis for minimal cost," she said.

"The vision is for an attractive, vibrant and lively city centre showcasing the city's greatest asset - its people."

Speaking at the opening of Art Unlimited - the first premises to be opened under the Renew Cleveland auspice - Cr Williams said the program continued council's open for business strategy.

"This program celebrates art as a form of commerce - recognising that business isn't always collared shirts and brief-cases; sometimes it is canvases and easels," she said.

"The idea is that those who come to see the art on display as part of the Renew Cleveland program will visit our cafes, restaurants and shops, bringing a new wave of commercial potential for local businesses.

"It follows the success of other Renew programs in areas such as Newcastle and recognises the artistic talent that exists in the Redlands."

Cr Williams said Leo Herreygers of Art Unlimited was a renowned artist and this would further boost the program's credentials.

"Leo is well known for his paintings, particularly after painting a number of pieces for last year's G20 event, so having his name associated with Renew Cleveland will serve to further support its success," she said.

Leo Herreygers said he was excited to be the first local artist to open a gallery as part of Renew Cleveland.

"It is quite an honour to be chosen to be part of this program," Leo said.

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