By Elysia Cook
The Neilson Foundation has gifted Bell Shakespeare $3 million to go towards its new flexible studio and theatre space. It’s the largest single donation in Bell Shakespeare’s history.
Bell Shakespeare is set to relocate to Pier ⅔ as part of the NSW Government’s Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct.
The Neilson Nutshell, which derives its name from Hamlet, will house a multipurpose performance space equipped with 357sqm of floor space, two dressing rooms and stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Bell Shakespeare Artistic Director Peter Evans said that the money will go to more than just the multi-purpose studio.
“It will also underpin our plans for an artistic ensemble and support our programming for the next several years.”
“While the programming is still being decided, it will provide opportunities to stage some of Shakespeare’s lesser known works and to explore collaborations with other organisations,” a spokesperson told City Hub.
The Neilson Foundation has given almost $1 million to the Bell Shakespeare’s education program over the past five years.
At a time when the arts sector has found itself struggling to stay afloat, Founder and Director of the Neilson Foundation Kerr Neilson said that he “is committed to furthering opportunities for artists and art workers as well as increasing access to audiences and broader communities.”