The Arts Centre

Early next year I’m going to be opening an exclusive space for the arts. It took a lot of funding to make this all happen, so it’s still a little bit difficult for me to believe it’s actually getting off the ground. The building I purchased will be split into several floors, or sections, where a different type of art can flourish in each area. For example, on the second floor there is a large stage and dance studio rooms, then on the third floor there are art galleries and art rooms filled with everything from pottery studios to painting and drawing spaces. The designs of each level are fitted accordingly.

I’ve purchased several hundred metres of stunning dance wallpaper from a local seller to stick up around the dance levels. I’m hoping that it will give the dancers inspiration, and that they can look to the walls to find not just mirrors, but also a new perspective. At the very top of the tower I have purchased to make this dream of mine a reality, I’ve decided to put a few dozen hotel rooms. The space won’t function as a hotel in and of itself, however, I want there to be a place for people to stay in luxury should the need require. For this reason, I have also purchased some Australian botanical wallpaper, yet again from a different, yet still handmade and local seller. I think it’s important to support local artists. I am a big advocate of this, obviously, otherwise why would I have spent millions of dollars creating this new arts precinct in the first place?

Anyway, each hotel room will have the basics you’d expect in any hotel, with a little twist being that the rooms are directly connected to all of this magnificence. Maybe some of the talent can stay there permanently if they need to, but I’m hoping it will be more of a rotating space.

My Dance Event

You’ll never guess what kind of event I’m hosting in January. It’s an exclusive, invite-only showcase of Australia’s best dancing and artistry talent. Each performance is centred around the theme of the ocean, and I feel like all the entrants are going to be incredible. Think people dressed up as colourful jellyfish, dancing a soft ballet dance while streamers float out around them. I can picture it now: complete and utter magic.

There are a lot of surprises for the esteemed guests too. I’ve hired an event expert to assist me with designing the venue. Right now, we’re discussing the different types of ocean wallpaper that are available in the Australian market. We’re not sure if we’re going to have to start looking overseas if we can’t find exactly what we’d hoped for here. Basically, the wallpaper needs to cover a pretty large area, as the venue has high ceilings and more than enough room to fit several thousand people inside. Imagine a ballroom, just multiplied by, like, ten. Or maybe even more.

The wallpaper also has to be prepasted and removable, since obviously we do not own the ballroom and cannot do any damage to the paint on the walls, and in an attempt to cut costs I’m going to be sticking up the wallpaper all by myself. With the help of my event expert. And a ladder. I’m certainly not tall enough to reach the top of the ceilings otherwise.

I’ve come across this brilliant prepasted locally-designed dance wallpaper throughout my wallpaper research, and I literally cannot stop thinking about it. It’s so vibrant and beautiful, featuring dancers in motion. If we didn’t have such a rigid ocean theme, I would have purchased the dancing wallpaper immediately. I did manage to pick up some smaller decals with the same kind of vibe, and I’m going to stick them in the bathrooms as a fun little surprise for our guests.