Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd visits Bankstown Arts Centre
On Thursday May 7, 2009, PM Kevin Rudd popped in to the Arts Centre in Bankstown where the Bankstown Art Society has its home, gallery and studio spaces.

Our humble little 'watercolour group' who get together each week to paint and share in our love of art along with our tutor Norma was going to get a visit from the PM.. huh? - yeah right!!!
Are you serious?!

You can imagine the surprise... For obvious security reasons these visits are not usually announced in advance.

PM Kevin Rudd's visit, which included a brief tour of the Bankstown Arts Centre in Sydney, was to announce $3.15 million in funding to go towards the redevelopment of the centre.
This along with plans to foster the Arts in the area, will go a long way to improving this facility. Bankstown Art Society and its members i'm sure are all delighted by this announcement as they have known about this redevelopment project for some time, perhaps Bankstown City Council will announce a date for this work and proposals to commence in the not to distant future!

i did not attend on Thursday as i was unwell, however i was so so happy to have shared in this news when Norma called me yesterday. Talking with her at length and sharing in her excitement, it was as if i was there myself!!!

Thank you Norma for calling with this great news! You should probably count your blessings i wasn't there actually.. may have asked the PM some embarrassing questions like.. um.. "What hair products do you use to get that shine?" :) You know i am messin' with you! ;)

You can view the pictures HERE


Pencil Sanity said...

How wonderful for the center. So sorry that you've been under the weather and hope you are feeling better.

Jade E. Henderson said...

Wow the government is giving funding to the arts?? Crazy days!!! That's awesome - loved seeing your post too, hope you are keeping rested and keep smiling chickadee!

Craig Shillington said...


magicmyst said...

That's fabulous news. I used to live in Penrith and have visited your arts centre. I exhibited once at the annual art show they have there.


Hi Maria, welcome!
Great news for Bankstown Arts Centre, it has been a long time in the works.. the funding perhaps will give it that extra shove to get it all underway! Sometimes we all need ‘a little shove’ – as the song goes ’some days are diamonds, some days are coal.’
Look forward to our mutual support!

Hi Jade, hehehe… Darn… I missed my chance to ask him about his hair! :)
Yeah I’m still here.. haven’t dropped off the perch yet!
You take care.. I’ve been meaning to drop in! You have been working hard I see! :) x

Hi Craig, I KNOW!!! :O VBS!

Hi Kay, The Bankstown Art Society was founded in 1958 and is one of the oldest art societies in Sydney. Wow, fancy exhibiting in an annual show at one stage.. small world huh?.. it is almost that time again and i hope to be able to enter something.
Thank you for visiting it is much appreciated.

Holly Zemak said...

Wonderful news, with the state of the economy here in the U.S. this is not news we get to often.


Hi Holly, this is fantastic news for our Arts Centre - home of Bankstown Art Society!
Trust me not to be there that day after 2 years of constant attendance!
Thanks for stopping by!

Nick said...

What the heck's going on with you? staying indoors, robes and sunglasses?? sounds like Garboesque existence, something's up. But what?


Hi NNG! LOL!!! If by ’Garboesque’ you mean.. conducting no interviews, signing no autographs, attending no social functions and answering no fan mail..
I’m in seclusion!
There are long range lenses 'out there'.. shame the water is cold at the moment!