“I have deep connections with Kyneton and the surrounding district and I am excited at the prospect of contributing to the cultural life of this town. I was born in Kyneton as was my father and grandfather. I attended Kyneton Primary School and Kyneton High School.
I think the that Kyneton Primary School precinct offers a real opportunity to contribute to the cohesive development of Kyneton so long as it is reused creatively and for the benefit of Kyneton’s citizens.
I support the development proposal of a mixed use village green and I would be happy to hold an annual exhibition of significant art for a period of a month at a venue that was appropriate within that development.“
Bill Nuttall gallery director
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Kyneton and District Town Square Co-Op Ltd.
Non-Binding Memorandum Of Understanding
Niagara Galleries (ABN: tba)
Kyneton and District Town Square Co-Op: ( G0003604A)
of Victoria Street, Kyneton. 3444
This agreement creates the background for a partnership between the two organisations. As a business with long-standing, intergenerational connections with the township of Kyneton and the surrounding district,Niagara Galleries supports the work of the Co-Op in its campaign to save the old Baynton Street Primary School for community responsibility and use.
The Parties to this Agreement
Established in 1978 by William Nuttall at the age of only 22, Niagara Galleries has built a reputation for highlighting cutting-edge artists while celebrating the modernist roots of contemporary art. Niagara Galleries has grown to become one of Australia’s leading galleries, representing some of the most significant artists from Australia and the world. The gallery hosts twelve exhibitions per year in its award-winning gallery spaces, as well as participating in the Melbourne Art Fair and Sydney Contemporary and various international art fairs. Niagara Publishing is another arm of the business producing highly regarded exhibition catalogues for collectors, galleries, educational institutions and libraries. William Nuttall is past President and former board member for the Melbourne Art Foundation, which he helped establish in 1988, and is a Foundation Member of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery and a Contemporary Benefactor of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Kyneton and District Town Square Co-Op (K&DTSC)
The purpose of the Co-Op as outlined in the constitution is that the organisation “will promote strong community, based on values of broad engagement and mutuality, by creating a publicly-owned Town Square in the heart of Kyneton for the public benefit of Kyneton and district residents”.
The vision of the Co-Op is to:
- Provide affordable, or freely available, indoor and outdoor space for a broad range of community groups and community activities.
- Maintenance and protection of heritage values.
- A place of collective belonging and connection. Open, accessible, and flexible public space.
- Shared community responsibility based on control of the precinct by a democratic organisation.
- Support for community driven and socially worthwhile initiatives. Strongly engaged community across all age groups to promote broad inclusion.
- Commercial use of the precinct by the Co-Op to create cash flow for the nurturing, and the promotion, of public good and benefit
- Aim to meet everyone’s needs without harming the living world or the prosperity of future generations
Duration of MOU
- This is a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Niagara Galleries and K&DTSC.
- The MOU will apply from the date of signingand will continue to apply until termination by either party on the giving of 1 month’s written notice to the other.
- Niagara Galleries and K&DTSC are committed to maintaining a positive and cooperative working relationship.
- As part of the parties’ mutual commitment, Niagara Galleries and K&DTSC will act in accordance with the spirit and intent of this MOU, even though neither party intends that it be legally binding.
The aim of this MOU is to set up collaboration between Niagara Galleries and K&DTSC. This collaborative agreement will create an opportunity for communication about ways in which the initiatives and activities of Niagara Galleries can be advanced through collaboration with K&DTSC, such as through an annual exhibition of significant art for a period of a month at the old primary school site.
Roles and Responsibilities
This agreement will be overseen by a two or three-person working group consisting of a member of each organisation meeting when the need arises.
The working group will:
- make recommendations to the Board of the Town Square Co-Op.
- investigate and develop ways in which the Town Square Project can promote and support the visual arts particularity in relation to the activities of Niagara Galleries.
Advertising and announcements
Unless required by law, an announcement, circular or other public disclosure including promotional materials such as newsletters, brochures, flyers or annual reports, referring to the contents or subject matter of this MOU, must not be made or permitted by a party without the prior approval of the other party.
The parties acknowledge that information disclosed by one party to the other (the disclosing party) in the course of the subject matter of this MOU may be confidential and unless required by law must not be disclosed to a third party except with the prior written consent of the disclosing party.
- If a dispute or difference arises between the parties out of or in connection with this MOU, either party may give the other a written notice specifying the dispute or difference.
- Within 7 days of the date of the notice, a person holding a position of senior management of each party must meet and undertake negotiations in good faith and on a without prejudice basis with a view to resolving the dispute or difference.
The parties may agree to vary any of the requirements of this MOU. Such agreement must be in and signed by both parties.