Geelong Gallery Redevelopment Update

Artist's impression of the new Geelong Gallery foyer

Because it’s so much more interesting when things are actually happening, rather than just talking about them, we wanted to share the latest on the redevelopment of the Geelong Gallery.

Fingers are crossed, and possibly toes as well, that the works will be completed by 11 August, because the Gallery has some big exhibitions coming our way soon.

This will be the most significant upgrade to the Gallery since alterations were made in 2001 under a Federation Grant.

The long-awaited upgrade will see a redesigned entrance to the gallery spaces, including a new-look foyer and upgraded visitor services facilities. The new design will reinstate a previous doorway to provide sweeping views of the collection galleries through to Johnstone Park. The Gallery is also set to get a contemporary retail space, upgrades to flooring and a lick of fresh paint on the walls.

Once unveiled, the redevelopment will set the stage for a couple of major exhibitions, including Fred Williams in the You Yangs and the touring Archibald Prize from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The funding of the Geelong Gallery redevelopment was one of the last significant projects driven by the previous City of Greater Geelong Council and was supported by significant private donations.

Gallery Director, Jason Smith, said, “We are looking forward to providing a much improved visitor experi­ence upon completion. The full closure of the venue will enable the redevelopment work to be com­pleted swiftly and ensure staff and patron safety throughout the period. In the event the foyer works are completed ahead of 11 August, the Gallery will reopen to the public.”

During the redevelopment of the Foyer, pedestrians around the Little Malop Street area, that includes the neighbouring Geelong Library, are asked to look out for short-term access restrictions on the Gallery footpath.

The Foyer redevelopment may impose short term access restrictions on the Gallery footpath outside the venue at 55 Little Malop Street, Geelong.Stay informed

More information is available on the Gallery website at www.geelonggallery.org.au

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