$2.3 million art gallery expansion gets underway
Lake Macquarie City is set for a cultural revitalisation with works commencing on 1 April on the $2.3 million expansion of the art gallery. Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser was delighted to see work get underway on-site: “The redeveloped Art Gallery will provide a high-quality cultural facility for the Lake Macquarie community and boost visitor numbers to the region,” she said.
“The enhancements to the building will allow our Gallery to better cater to the community through diverse and inclusive programs, with an emphasis on Aboriginal programming, contemporary art and artists, cultural tourism and public education programs. “Through our Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan, adopted in 2017, we aim to play a greater role in fostering creativity through support and investment in urban and public art, place activation, creative industries, heritage and cultural development programs.” The Art Gallery expansion is vital to the overall delivery of Council’s Art Heritage and Cultural Plan, and is part of Council’s vision to create a dynamic cultural precinct within the City. The project, due for completion in September 2019, includes extended collection storage and exhibition space, a covered outdoor programming space, a reconfigured entrance, new air-conditioning plant and additional photovoltaic cells.
Awaba House Restaurant and Cafe will remain open throughout construction.
For more information go to lakemac.com.au/city/works/art-gallery-expansion