Lake Macquarie City began work yesterday (1 April 2019) on a $2.3 million expansion of the art gallery.

The project, due for completion in September, includes extended collection storage and exhibition space, including dedicated space for contemporary Aboriginal art exhibitions and programming, covered outdoor programming space, a reconfigured entrance, new air-conditioning plant and additional photovoltaic cells.

The redeveloped Art Gallery will provide a high-quality cultural facility for the Lake Macquarie community and boost visitor numbers to the region,” Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser said.

The enhancements to the building will allow our Gallery to better cater to the community through diverse and inclusive programs, with an emphasis on Aboriginal programming, contemporary art and artists, cultural tourism and public education programs.”

Through our Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan, adopted in 2017, we aim to play a greater role in fostering creativity through support and investment in urban and public art, place activation, creative industries, heritage and cultural development programs.”

The Art Gallery expansion is part of Council’s Art Heritage and Cultural Plan to create a “dynamic cultural precinct” within the City. The modernised facility will have direct links with the proposed Speers Point Multi Arts Space and the recently unveiled Creative Lake Arts Trail at Warners Bay.

The expansion was designed in consultation with the original architect, Colin Still.

Awaba House Restaurant and Cafe will remain open throughout construction.

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Proudly funded by the NSW Government through the Regional Cultural Fund in association with Lake Macquarie City Council.

History of the Gallery

Established in 1980, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery was first housed in Lake Macquarie’s former council chambers on Main Road, Speers Point.

From 1996 to 2000, the Art Gallery was located within Awaba House, and then in May 2001, it was relocated to its current site at First Street, Booragul. The Art Gallery is the Hunter’s only lakefront gallery providing unique indoor and outdoor experiences to the more than 45,000 visitors each year.

Below ~ From left: Project Manager Adam Gleeson, Mayor Kay Fraser, Construction Manager Adam Bailey