Cara Maloney and Cath Downing opened The Creative Cave last week.
Cara Maloney and Cath Downing opened The Creative Cave last week. Blainey Woodham

Artists invited to get their creative on at the cave

POTTSVILLE residents now have a creative hub at their disposal with the opening of The Creative Cave.

The centre opened at at The Arcade, Coronation Ave, Pottsville last week.

The brainchild of Cath Downing and Cara Moloney, the cave is designed to bring together artists of all ages in an innovative and creative way.

After months of preparation and hard work, the pair sat down with the Daily News to reflect on how the concept was started.

"Having a background in mental health, I recognised the need for a centre that reflected the cultures of the neighbourhood and a safe, creative space for those journeys to be created and shared," Mrs Downing said.

Engaging residents in creative arts sees the introduction of classes for preschool aged children during the day, to a range of after-school classes for school-aged kids and teens.

The cave also ensures adults are not left out of the equation, with classes solely for them.

A big part of this is the "mixed gen" class where an adult can bond with their children or grandchildren by taking part in a combined class, creating a unique bonding experience.

"Myself, having a passion for the arts, I saw the benefit that a wellness and arts studio would provide to this already vibrant community, but one in need of a service to occupy and bring together the whole range of ages in a community," Ms Maloney said.



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