Early design concepts for the City’s new Art Gallery within the Cultural Precinct have been presented to the Council’s Economic Development and Major Projects Committee.
The concepts were developed by a design team, led by ARM Architecture, in consultation with The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
The designs show a sub-tropical building located west of the precinct’s Stage 1 amphitheatre; currently on track for completion prior to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Committee recommended Council progress design work for the $53 million gallery, for second stage delivery in 2020.
Gallery director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, said the new gallery would become a place where locals and visitors of all ages would be drawn to experience and interact with art in its many forms.
“It will be so much more than the building itself. It will serve a vital role in supporting and encouraging our already impressive home-grown artistic talent,” she said.
“We are working with the architects to ensure we create not just a gallery but an experience. This is a unique opportunity to design a building that is both architecturally inspiring as well as functional and one that excites all your senses and engages you emotionally.”
The international-standard gallery will be a key feature in the cultural precinct site, with a design in keeping with the themes of Gold Coast’s natural beauty.
“The design work to date is drawing from the best in the world and is inspired by a well-known and loved work from the Gallery’s collection – William Robinson’s large scale painting The Rainforest; which depicts the headwaters of the river and the Canungra rainforest,” says Tracy.
“Importantly the design will be uniquely Gold Coast.”
The much-anticipated Cultural Precinct is set to provide a sizeable and world-class artistic and social hub for the City’s rapidly expanding arts scene.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to display the many, many artworks and objects in the city collection that we have not been able to show due to space limitations,” Tracy explains.
“I am looking forward to surprising the city with the high quality and ambitious acquisitions we have made over the last 30 years and having a building that will allows us to become one of the largest and most exciting Galleries in Australia.”