Excitement is building at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery ahead of the start of the $ 1.9 million redevelopment project.
The gallery is now closed and the gallery’s collection has moved to make way for the project which was made possible by $ 1.7 million from the Victorian government and $ 273,000 from the 2020/21 council budget.
While the Gallery is closed for redevelopment, residents and visitors can continue to connect and enjoy the Gallery’s programs in other ways and places.
- The regular school vacation program is still offered this school vacation with events organized at Phillips Gardens.
- The annual community art exhibit will be held at Maryborough Station from November 11 to December 5, 2021.
- Gallery volunteers will be busy behind the scenes supporting a range of projects including research, archiving and other projects.
- Some of the gallery’s collection can be viewed in various locations across the county, including the Maryborough and Dunolly Library
- Information about the Gallery’s art collection will be shared during the redevelopment through the upcoming launch of the digital collection and through the Gallery’s newsletter, Facebook and Instagram pages, and newspaper articles.
Central Goldfields Shire Maryborough City Councilor Geoff Lovett said it was exciting to see the redevelopment of one of the County’s most important tourism assets take the next biggest and most exciting step.
“Identified as one of the Council’s priority projects and a transformational project in Central Goldfields Shire’s 2020-2025 tourism and events strategy, the redevelopment of our gallery will create opportunities to present a wide variety of art to the local community. and the region at large.
“While the gallery may be closed over the next few months, I commend the gallery team for their creativity in continuing to provide opportunities for our community and visitors to our County to access the arts. “
Central Goldfields Art Gallery curator and education manager Helen Kaptein said the redevelopment was symbolic of how the arts are supported and adopted in the Shire.
“The project will see the Central Goldfields Art Gallery modernized to meet the requirements of a contemporary public art gallery and ensure that the gallery meets national standards for the presentation of works of art for traveling exhibitions and local content.” .
“The permanent collection will be properly stored and displayed, and visitor facilities will be expanded and improved to ensure that all ages and abilities are welcomed in the Gallery. A new entrance will be introduced, designed in a way that encourages locals and visitors to enter and enjoy their public art gallery! “
The gallery’s collection has been moved to off-site storage in Melbourne and to appropriate public and municipal spaces around the County.
The gallery has also collaborated with the Ararat TAMA Gallery (Textile Art Museum Australia) which will store and display the art quilts from the permanent collection during the closure.
The new look of the Central Goldfields Art Gallery is set to reopen in winter 2022 with an exciting program of new exhibitions and enhanced visitor services paired with a vibrant and contemporary public art gallery.
Residents and visitors to Central Goldfields can stay in touch with the gallery during the redevelopment in the following ways: