Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery to close from March 31 to September for $2.3-million expansion

GROWING: Works to expand Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, at Booragul, will start next month. The state government and council are funding the project. Picture: Supplied
GROWING: Works to expand Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, at Booragul, will start next month. The state government and council are funding the project. Picture: Supplied

A $2.3 million expansion of Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery will start next month, forcing the closure of the award-winning facility from March 31 to September.

The expansion will include extended collection storage and exhibition space, including dedicated space for contemporary Aboriginal art exhibitions and programming, covered outdoor programming space, a reconfigured entrance, new air-conditioning plant and additional photovoltaic cells.

Council’s arts, culture and tourism manager, Jacqui Hemsley, said a growing audience, increased demand for public exhibition space, and the gallery’s rapidly developing collection meant the expansion was essential.

“The gallery expansion will provide space to attract larger exhibitions increasing its appeal as a destination, while also allowing the gallery to simultaneously host complementary shows and public programs,” Ms Hemsley said.

“The project will enhance Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery’s role as a vital and forward-thinking regional facility in New South Wales, and will build on its award-winning Aboriginal programming.”

The expansion would also help in achieving the gallery’s target to reduce at least 30 per cent of its carbon footprint, she said.

The state government is funding the work in association with council.

EXHIBITION SPACE: From left, Arts Minister, Don Harwin, State Member for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper, and mayor Kay Fraser at the gallery for the funding announcement last year. Picture: Supplied

EXHIBITION SPACE: From left, Arts Minister, Don Harwin, State Member for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper, and mayor Kay Fraser at the gallery for the funding announcement last year. Picture: Supplied

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