Art Gallery expansion
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery is a popular cultural and tourist destination, widely recognised for its contemporary exhibition program and work with the community. The Gallery has been operating in its current building in its lakefront location for more than 17 years; however, a growing audience, higher demands for more public exhibition space and a rapidly developing collection, means the Gallery requires an extension.
The expansion includes:
- extended collection storage;
- extended exhibition space;
- covered outdoor programming space;
- a reconfigured entrance and seminar room
- new air-conditioning plant; and
- additional photovoltaic cells.
The $2.3 million expansion of the Gallery will extend the collection storage and gallery space, providing opportunities for extended exhibition programming including a dedicated contemporary Aboriginal program. A new covered outdoor space will provide a great opportunity for outdoor programming and a beautiful place to sit and contemplate the sculpture park and lake. The reconfigured entrance will be more welcoming for visitors as will the revamped seminar room. The Gallery’s carbon footprint will be reduced through the new air conditioning plant and additional photovoltaic panels.
When will the work occur?
Construction started in March 2019. The facility is expected to reopen in October 2019.
How might this affect you?
The Gallery is now closed. Awaba House Restaurant and Cafe will remain open throughout construction.
Art classes will continue to run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at alternate facilities. Visit the website for class details.
Council carefully plans this work and considers how it will affect the community. Every effort will be made to minimise any inconvenience; however, during construction there may be some unavoidable temporary impacts such as:
- excavation work on roads and footpaths;
- potential noise and dust;
- construction traffic in the area;
- fencing of sites and equipment to ensure community safety; and
- traffic and parking access may be temporarily restricted.
This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government through the Regional Cultural Fund in association with Lake Macquarie City Council.
Page last updated: 02 July 2019