Central Goldfields Art Gallery re-development
Central Goldfields Art Gallery has received $1.7 million from the Victorian Government and $273,000 from Central Goldfield Council’s 2020/21 Budget to complete significant redevelopment works.
Features of the redevelopment will include:
- New welcoming front entrance (whilst maintaining the historic façade)
- New reception area
- Indigenous interpretative garden
- Extended and modernised main exhibition gallery
- Upgraded lighting system
- New environmental controls to enable the loans of art works from larger galleries
- New permanent collection gallery and smaller exhibition spaces
- Upgraded and expanded central access ramp
- Replacement of existing hanging ceilings with exposed rafters
- New skylights to introduce light and views to the historic fire tower
- Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant access
- DDA and public toilets
- Small kitchen to support gallery openings and programs
- New collection store
- Improved administration space for gallery staff and volunteers
- New loading dock for bus parking and exhibition deliveries
Melbourne based architects Nervegna-Reed are undertaking the concept design plans. Redevelopment works will commence in October 2021 with the launch of the re-developed Gallery in winter 2022.
During the re-development the Central Goldfields Art Gallery will be closed however, a variety of Gallery programs and services will continue to be offered throughout the Shire. Central Goldfields Shire Cr Grace La Vella said “it was exciting to see the redevelopment of one of the Shire’s most significant tourism assets move to the next stage.
Identified as one of Council’s Priority Projects and a transformational project in the Central Goldfields Shire Tourism and Events Strategy 2020–2025, the redevelopment of our Gallery will create opportunities to present a great variety of art to the local community and wider region.”
Central Goldfields Art Gallery Curator and Education Officer Helen Kaptein said it was wonderful to see the plans adopted and the project move another step closer to reality.
“The project will see Central Goldfields Art Gallery upgraded to meet the requirements of a contemporary public art gallery and ensure the Gallery meets national standards in the presentation of artworks for both touring exhibitions and local content.
“The permanent collection will be properly stored and displayed and visitor facilities will be extended and improved to ensure all ages and abilities are welcomed to the Gallery. A new entrance will be introduced, designed in a way that local people and visitors are encouraged to come on in and enjoy their public art gallery!”