Mima : Beautiful Space illuminated

This cutting-edge venue is a space where art and innovation come together. The Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima (MAP mima) is the newest addition to the exciting Lake Arts Precinct, offering a high-tech creative canvas for contemporary art and cementing Lake Macquarie’s place as a leading creative city. 

The first thing visitors will notice about MAP mima is the striking and unusual shape – designed to showcase dazzling displays of visual, digital and even interactive art works. The building is surrounded by many permanent public artworks.

The mima story

mima is an Awabakal word meaning ‘cause to stay’ signalling an intention that this venue become a site for the conscious intermingling of ancient and emerging cultural expressions.

The pavilion story

In 2018 Lake Macquarie City Council collaborated with the University of Newcastle and announced a competition for the design of a brand new venue.

The vision was a unique and contemporary facility, a home to immersive and interactive multi-arts experiences. From a pool of 90 submissions, undergraduate student Samantha Bailey’s concept was selected as the winning design and the result is the Multi-Arts Pavilion. 

The building features a central gallery (the Cube) for exhibitions and large-scale multimedia experiences. The Cube includes a large hydraulic awning which opens to create a roofed staged area for live events in the park. Another distinctive element of the building is the Node: a trapezoidal projection screen in the leafy surrounds of Speers Point Park.