The NSW Government’s $244 million funding commitment to support the expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales will transform the much-loved and historic Gallery into one of the world’s greatest art museums.
Combined with government funding, the Art Gallery of NSW capital campaign, to be officially launched later this year, will raise $100 million in philanthropic support for the project of which $70 million has been pledged.
The expansion will see more of the Gallery’s iconic collection, worth $1.3 billion, on display. It will improve significantly the State’s ability to attract more major international art exhibitions to NSW.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art will be front and centre in the expanded Gallery, showcased and celebrated with the prominence it deserves.
The expansion will deliver an architectural landmark by Pritzker Prize-winning architects, SANAA. The Gallery has worked with SANAA for the past two years to evolve the design concept. The design concept will continue to be refined until the planned submission of a State Significant Development Application in the coming months.
Major construction of the project will commence in 2019 with the expansion due for completion in 2021, in time for the 150th anniversary of the Gallery’s founding in 1871.
For more information visit the Sydney Modern Project website.
In progress image of Sydney Modern Project, atrium In progress image of Sydney Modern Project, dusk view from Woolloomooloo as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. Featuring artworks left to right: Michael Parekowhai, The English Channel, 2015, © Michael Parekowhai; Ugo Rondinone, clockwork for oracles, 2010, © Ugo Rondinone; Rusty Peters, Waterbrain, 2002, © Rusty Peters. Warmun Arts Centre. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney; Emily Floyd, Kesh alphabet, 2017, © Emily Floyd; Xu Bing, Phoenix, 2010, © Xu Bing Studio; Mabel Juli, Garnkiny Ngarrangkarni, 2006, © Mabel Juli, courtesy Warmun Art Centre. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney; Freddie Timms, Jack Yard, 2004, © Freddie Timms Estate. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney. © Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2017.