Andrews’ Labor government is revitalizing the Central Goldfields Art Gallery with major work underway to transform Maryborough into a must-visit destination for visitors.
Regional Victoria Parliamentary Secretary Danielle Green today saw the progress of the project which has been backed by a $1.7million investment from the Labor Government Regional Infrastructure Fund and the Regional Tourism Investment Fund.
The renovated and restored gallery is located inside the city’s iconic 161-year-old fire station and will build on the gallery’s success in the area’s arts and culture scene when the doors reopen in september.
Events, exhibitions and art programs for all ages are planned for the gallery which are expected to attract thousands of tourists each year and provide more opportunities for locals to come together and learn about their history and culture.
There will be more space for artists to showcase their works and permanent collections, including renowned Australian artists like Arthur Boyd.
The gallery will also bring the area’s history to life, showcasing works that demonstrate the town’s connection to textiles, with Maryborough’s knitting mills operating in the town for 70 years until the 1990s.
The gallery’s new open-plan interior will make the most of the building’s natural assets – including the original 19th-century ceiling beams – while upgrades to lighting, climate control and floor levels will make the building more accessible and create new contemporary retail and exhibition spaces. .
Improvements will be made to the Education Zone, Community, and Artist Studios, which will mean more students, groups, and creatives will be able to participate in workshops and presentations.
The building’s bell tower will overlook a new landscaped garden designed to recognize and celebrate the traditional owners Dja Dja Wurrung. The garden has the potential for art projections and specially commissioned furniture. It will also incorporate stories of fire and water with native plantings.
This project is part of the government’s over $30 billion investment in rural and regional Victoria since 2015.
As the Parliamentary Secretary for the Victoria region, Danielle Green, said
“I am delighted to see the Central Goldfields Art Gallery nearing completion, which will boost the tourism potential of the area while creating local jobs.”
“We are revitalizing Central Goldfields Art Gallery in Maryborough to encourage more visitors to stop by in town, support local businesses and further stimulate the vibrant economies of our regions.”