Wednesday, 21 June 2017


An exciting new chapter for the Art Gallery of NSW was announced this week, with confirmation the Sydney Modern Project will transform the gallery into a global museum of the future, with new spaces for art, live performance and film along with spaces to learn, study and participate in cultural experiences.

NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin announced $244 million in NSW Government funding for the expansion this week and said the project will deliver significant benefits for the state.

“The arts play an important role in the visitor economy and are central to the quality of life we enjoy,” Mr Harwin said.

“The Sydney Modern Project alone is expected to inject over $1 billion into the economy over 25 years and create 240 full-time jobs.”

The project, which is being designed by Pritzker Prize winning architects SANAA, will link the existing site in The Domain to the Royal Botanic Gardens. The expanded Gallery will also include the nation’s most prominent and innovative display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture.

Art Gallery of NSW Director Dr Michael Brand welcomed the funding announcement.

“We’re absolutely delighted with this funding, which will enable us to realise our Gallery expansion and provide us with the foundation to completely transform our much-loved institution into a cultural hub for the arts in Sydney, NSW and Australia,” Dr Brand said.

“This is a wonderful day for art and culture in Australia, and a significant investment in the sector for future generations.

“Our expanded Gallery will deliver an iconic building that combines art, architecture and landscape in an extraordinary way, and in one of the most breathtaking locations in the world,” Dr Brand added.

The expansion will significantly increase space for the Gallery to exhibit art, and is expected to attract two million visitors annually.

The project is set to begin construction in 2019 and will be completed in time for the Gallery’s 150th anniversary in 2021.

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