Hildegard Centre for Creative and Performing Arts
Building of a state-of-the-art creative and performing arts centre is underway and will open early 2018.
With a modern design aesthetic, students will have access to high quality learning and performing spaces with industry standard technology. The environmentally sustainable building design allows for ample natural light, with large banks of windows and an outdoor courtyard facing out onto the College’s blue gum forest. Students will have stunning nature views as they access the building roof to paint in the outdoors.
“This development promises to be an exciting and long-awaited addition to College facilities, engaging our students in developing the skills they need to make their way into the future,” said College Principal, Maria Pearson.
“Over the past two years, members of the College Board, the Finance Committee and the Building Committee have been working with our builders Paynter Dixon in developing plans for the Hildegard Centre for Creative and Performing Arts and I thank them for their efforts.”
The College community has chosen to name this new facility after the Benedictine Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) who lived in the region of Bavaria. She was an extraordinarily creative, visionary and passionate woman of faith who is now recognised as one of the giants of Christian history. She is recognised for her spiritual visions, her poetry, her art (illuminations), her hymns and meditations, alongside her significant scientific prowess and political activism.
Her capacity to integrate the fields of art, science and religion are beyond compare in her era and her environmental concern shows an understanding of the fragile ecology which was far ahead of her times.