By Nadia Surace
IT’S official. Shepparton Art Gallery will see its full-scope renovation complete by the end of the year after a motion to accept Moretto Building’s tender for the development was passed at last week’s Special Council Meeting.
The $1.6 million project will begin within weeks, something a ‘long time coming’ for Shepparton, said gallery Director, Kirsten Paisley and Advisory Committee Chair, Michael Polan at the announcement.
“This is going to have a massive impact on the way the gallery presents its collection and the types of travelling shows that we will be able to host,” Mr Polan said.
“This is really about opening up the gallery to more audiences,” Ms Paisley said of the development’s plans earlier this year.
“We’re looking to engage more people, particularly younger generations.”
The refurbishment will include improved disability access, new flooring, roofing, lighting, signage and climate control as well as a new gallery entrance and shop.
The shop will feature a glass exhibition wall allowing members of the public to view gallery works from Eastbank Centre foyer.
The Welsford Street entrance will make use of the site’s former Fiona Murphy gallery entrance path which will be revived as part of the gallery’s new entrance.
“It’s fantastic that we’ll now have our own street entrance back to help identify us from street view as being separate from the Council offices,” Ms Paisley said.
“This is amazing .”
After a four-month community consultation of proposed gallery re-branding, Council will consider the move at its meeting, June 21.
“There have been lots of submissions,” Ms Paisley said.
“A real variety of expressions but mostly very positive.”