Gallery redevelopment progresses
In June 2022, $355,215 in funding for Central Goldfields Art Gallery as part of the Victorian Government’s Regional Collections Access Program was announced.
The funding will extend and complement the scope of the current redevelopment project.
It will see the replacement of the roof, fit out of the collection store and internal wall upgrades – all facets of the project that the budget for Stage 1-3 of the redevelopment did not allow for.
The funding will also include the acquisition of display cases which will ensure the Gallery meets industry standards in collection care and display.
In May 2022, as works on the Gallery progress, the redevelopment project attracted $225,000 for Stage 2&3 of the Indigenous Interpretive Garden through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund announced as part of the State Budget 2022-23.
Designs for the garden were developed through an Indigenous Wartaka process to ensure Dja Dja Wurrung people led the development of the cultural themes embedded within the design.
This process was facilitated by the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DDWCAC) and supported by Landscape Architects, 3Acres.
Central Goldfields Art Gallery redevelopment underway
In March, 2021 the Victorian Government announced an additional $1.2 million in funding for stages 2 and 3 of the Central Goldfields Art Gallery redevelopment project.
This funding complements the $500,000 in funding announced in 2020 for stage 1 of the project.
The redevelopment project is now funded in its entirety with works well underway ready. The site is set to re-open its doors late 2022.
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.