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Art to come under one roof

Friday, 11th March, 2011

STATE-OF-THE-ART: Construction of the new storage area for the Regional Art Gallery’s collection is underway STATE-OF-THE-ART: Construction of the new storage area for the Regional Art Gallery’s collection is underway

The first stage of the construction of the Regional Art Gallery's new storage area is underway, bringing it one step closer to being able to house the entire collection under one roof.

A proposal to build a state-of-the-art storage facility for the gallery was given the nod by City Council after the project received the financial backing of Arts NSW through a Capital Infrastructure Grant of $85,000 and the Federal Government through a Commonwealth Regional Local Community Infrastructure Program ($262,000).

The total cost of the project is $1.2M.

"The importance of this facility is that the gallery will be able to house its entire collection on-site," Mayor Wincen Cuy said.

Gallery Manager, Bruce Tindale, said while the public enjoyed the front of house exhibitions, workshops, education programs, functions and events, the gallery team was responsible for the management of the collection including the preservation and conservation of the art.

"The collection brings with it many responsibilities in terms of management and conservation," Mr Tindale said.

He said the new facility would include racks for paintings and units for works on paper.

The permanent collection was established in 1904, following the donation of three important works by George McCulloch, founding member of the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Ltd.

A total of 16 works were donated that year with several more to follow, including a major history painting by English artist Arthur Hacker RA.

Since then the collection has risen to over 1700 works, not including public art. 

"The collection is eclectic, however many works focus on the theme of the Australian outback and there are many fine examples of work depicting the city of

Broken Hill and the mining heritage," Mr Tindale said.

It will also include a loading dock, crate storage and office space.

General construction of the facility with some of the fit-out will be completed by June 30 with further development to be included in future budgets.

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