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Gatton Mercury Theatre set for revival

Sharon Davson (right) with her painting "When all is quiet" with her agent and painting owner Elaine Wylde.
Sharon Davson (right) with her painting "When all is quiet" with her agent and painting owner Elaine Wylde. Derek Barry

GATTON'S Mercury Theatre has been quiet of late, but Sharon Davson wants to change all that.

The old theatre was the brainchild of Sharon's mum Winifred (Win) Davson who died last year.

Win Davson was an institution in the Gatton arts scene founding the Mercury Theatre in 1951 and remaining its honorary director until her death.

Now her daughter Sharon, an accomplished artist in her own right, wants to invigorate the old North Street building with a change of name and direction.

"On October 5 we are going to have the Annual General Meeting of the Gatton Mercury Theatre including the Win Davson art gallery and museum," Sharon said.

"At the meeting we will be proposing a name change to the Davson Arts Centre in memory of mum."

Sharon said the building had seen a lot of changes over the years.

"It has evolved from a theatre to an arts venue and hosted big arts festivals in Gatton," she said.

"It got quiet in recent years as mum aged."

But now Sharon said the building is about to get a new lease of life.

"The Lockyer Arts Society is looking to do a progressive amalgamation so that in the coming years you'll see a lot more arts-based activities," she said.

"The building will be renovated and reconfigured."

Sharon said the aim was not to reject the past, but to improve on it.

"It will bring a whole new lease of life to the place," she said.

"This is a time of exciting transition."

Sharon said she encouraged anyone in the Lockyer Valley with an interest in the arts to attend the AGM.

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