Daren Dunett, Belynda (Bindi) Waugh, Richard Talbot, Veronica Laverick, Kristel Kelly, and Dave Kingston at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre, Gladstone.
Daren Dunett, Belynda (Bindi) Waugh, Richard Talbot, Veronica Laverick, Kristel Kelly, and Dave Kingston at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

Funding allows local artists to start animating spaces

THE arts community in Gladstone will have an extra $70,000 to play with after it was successful in securing funding for an ambitious project, which will involve setting up a permanent space at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre.

It secured $10,000 from the Gladstone Regional Council and $60,000 from Artslink Queensland to take part in the "animating spaces" program, which aims to revitalise or celebrate significant public spaces.

Local artists and the council will help construct a permanent arts space at the pool complete with digital screens, aimed at encouraging 17 to 25-year-olds to utilise the space for future projects.

The funding will also go toward an arts puzzle to run over a week next September.