Central Goldfields Art Gallery concept design

Central Goldfields Art Gallery set for a major facelift

In March this year, the Victorian Government announced an additional $1.2 million in funding for phases 2 and 3 of the Central Goldfields Art Gallery redevelopment project.

This funding complements the $500,000 in funding announced in 2020 for phase 1 of the project.

The redevelopment project is now funded in its entirety with works expected to begin in October 2021 and finished by June 2022.

Central Goldfields Art Gallery concept design

What will the redevelopment works include?

The redevelopment project is one of Council's Priority Projects and a key item in the Events and Tourism Strategies.

The redevelopment will feature:

  • New welcoming front entrance
  • New reception area
  • Indigenous interpretative garden
  • Extended and modernised main exhibition gallery
  • Upgraded lighting system
  • New environmental controls to enable the loan of art works from larger galleries
  • New permanent collection gallery and smaller exhibition spaces
  • Upgraded and expanded central access ramp
  • Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant access
  • DDA and public toilets
  • Small kitchen to support gallery openings and programs
  • New collection store
  • Workshop area for public programming
  • Improved administration space for gallery staff and volunteers
  • Re-instated link to town hall
  • New loading dock for bus parking and exhibition deliveries
  • New external courtyards and landscaped areas, including the streetscape interface
  • Replacement of existing hanging ceilings with exposed rafters
  • New skylights to introduce light and views to the historic fire tower

The project will support the Central Goldfields Art Gallery to:

  • Increase the range (breadth) of works exhibited, display a growing collection and attract touring exhibitions of significant cultural merit and worth to the community.
  • Increase the number of community members engaged in cultural and educational activities.
  • Increase opportunities for local people to develop their creative skills and to exhibit work in a state of the art, regionally significant exhibition space.
  • Increase capacity for additional visitor numbers through improved amenity and better use of space.
Central Goldfields Art Gallery concept design