When will the new gallery be open?

It's anticipated the gallery will be open late 2020. 

When does construction start and when will it be finished?

Check out the timeline on this page.  We plan to start construction in January 2020 and target completion of the new gallery will be by late 2020

What does the Gallery development bring to the Clarence Valley?

New state-of-the-art exhibition space, designed to meet current National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries including climate control over a larger footprint.

Incorporates smart efficient design including renewable energy generation, thermally efficient building design, integrated Building Management System, high energy efficient heating and cooling (HVAC) systems

Increased Gallery space to show more collection works and support local artists

Flexible function spaces for sustainable operations

Increased collection storage  area above flood levels

Increased venue capacity

Enhanced accessibility

New café area to enhance visitor experiences

New artist-in-residence accommodation

Increased visitation, participation and site utilisation

Who’s paying for the new build?

The Gallery expansion has been funded by a grant awarded to Clarence Valley Council by the Create NSW (NSW State Government) Regional Cultural Fund.  This is a dedicated fund to drive cultural infrastructure in regional NSW.  More information about projects funded through this program can be found here:  https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/cultural-infrastructure/regional-cultural-fund-2/

Can I still come to the Gallery?

Yes.  The gallery will continue to operate out of the heritage building, Prentice House.  The front garden and verandas will be utilised as outdoor exhibition space.  Satellite exhibitions, workshops and events will be presented in Grafton Library and Vines cafe in Fitzroy Street, Grafton.

Will the Gallery still have workshops for adults and children?

Yes, The Gallery programs such as Art After School, Art After Dark, Artists Unpacked and Museums Unpacked will continue during the renovation and will be held at Vines in Fitzroy Street.

Why does Clarence Valley Council support the Gallery expansion?

The Gallery has substantially out-grown its infrastructure capability, which has impacted the quality of the cultural experience. This, in turn, has been a key cause of declining participation rates as demonstrated in visitation records (-47% between 2006/07 & 2016/17).  The problem is demand cannot be met for contemporary interactive experiences; the Gallery cannot host exhibition events greater than 150 people, cannot attract major exhibitions because of a lack of space, does not have sufficient gallery wall height/length and does not have the required climate controls for the safe care of works.

The redevelopment of the Gallery, with its extended arts and cultural offering, will create a bold cultural infrastructure statement for Clarence Valley in alignment with Create NSW Regional Cultural Fund objectives. The project will deliver a regional arts and creative destination achieved through a rejuvenated and expanded Grafton Regional Gallery, creating fit-for-purpose exhibition spaces, storage for the 3,260 piece permanent collection above flood level, increased visitor accessibility and enabling the implementation of dynamic arts engagement strategies to a broader audience.