The Malachi Gilmore Hall is the Art Deco jewel in the crown of the country town of Oberon in Central West New South Wales. A State Heritage listed building, the Malachi was the cultural epicentre of the thriving rural town since opening in 1937.
Converted into a wool handling warehouse in 1977, this beautiful and historic space had become something rather than its original purpose – this alteration took with it the events that it was famed for in the local community.
In November 2017, the artist-run initiative Oberon Live Projects purchased the Malachi with the vision of restoring it to its former glory, and reviving its role as a highly flexible space for all types of mixed arts – with a special focus on multimedia art and performance art, in homage to the Malachi’s years as a cinema and a dance hall.
“This project ticks all the right boxes in terms of exploring the inspiring tension between a privately owned space and the public’s opportunity to engage with it,” explains owner Lucy East .
Now after some forty years as a wool packing storehouse, a development application has been lodged to convert the building back to an community arts and cultural facility. To meet the Building Code of Australia’s compliance to change of use (to BCA 9b Assembly Hall), a new extension to the building for appropriate and compliant Patron’s Facilities is required. To accommodate an audience of 300 seated, a block of 14m2 with seven toilets is planned. Refurbishments yet to be undertaken include repainting the facade and include projected mapped illumination. Digital audio/visual production equipment and a innovative multimedia projection system is to be installed. Oberon Council is supportive of the project
All donations will go towards the expenditure needed to restore the Malachi so that it can fulfill this exciting, important, and historic role.
Oberon Live Projects at the Malachi Gilmore Hall can go part way to satisfy cultural needs through being a place where many different types of people feel welcome and can contribute to and encounter culture.
The donations received are earmarked for three specific purposes –
– The building of the patron’s amenity facilities
– The Audio and Visual production equipment, including a 4K enhanced mulitmedia projector.
– The refurbishment of the facade
This restoration includes the repairing of historic damage and decay, making the Malachi fit for substantial audiences, and the installation of crucial audio-visual equipment. Only when this pivotal work is funded and completed can the Malachi’s exciting new era begin.