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Stage-two commences on state-of-the-art Gallery

A commemorative ceremony was held today to mark the start of stage-two of the Latrobe Regional Gallery redevelopment.

By Latrobe City Council - 20th March 2001 - Back to News

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A commemorative ceremony was held today to mark the start of stage-two of the Latrobe Regional Gallery redevelopment.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Tony Hanning, unveiled a plaque set in a stone seat incorporating the original Morwell Town Hall and civic office foundation stone laid in 1936, and a time capsule.

Councillor Hanning said the completion of the project, anticipated in August 2002, would provide Latrobe citizens with a Gallery of the highest standard, using the latest and best practice in gallery design to provide a state-of-the-art amenity.

“The new Gallery will enable the City to exhibit and showcase its own collection as well as stage a wide range of non-permanent and touring exhibitions,” Cr Hanning said.

Latrobe Regional Gallery Committee of Management Chairperson, Gordon Duncan, said the Committee was looking forward to seeing the collection on display in a facility of the highest stance.

“The collection has been in storage all these years and only a small amount of the Gallery’s collection has ever been able to be displayed,” Mr Duncan said.

“In recent times we have had a number of significant collections donated to the Gallery, including the Mc Gaughey glass collection and the Alan Aldous Asian art collection, which we can now put on display as soon as the redevelopment is completed.”

Cr Hanning said completion of stage-two being funded by the State Government and Council, would firmly position the Latrobe Regional Gallery as a pre-eminent visual arts facility in the region, catering to all segments of the community.

The permanent collection will be housed in expanded space on the first floor, now made accessible to people of all abilities through the installation of a lift, part of stage-one of the project, funded through the Federal Government’s Centenary of Federation grants.

The former Town Hall will be converted for use as a large and flexible major gallery. The balcony area will be converted to house a technology platform containing sound and projection facilities that will furnish multi-media presentations in the large gallery space below, allowing the Gallery to stage exhibitions using electronic technology and media techniques.

Along the Hazelwood Road frontage of the building a Gallery shop and cafe‚ will be created. The facility will bring a slice of cafe‚ society to the Gallery's ambience and the adjoining street, linking the arts to the community in an everyday way.

Councillor Hanning said the project represented a re-emergence of the Gallery as an important cultural institution in the life of the region. “The architectural approach aims to produce more than just an excellent adaptive reuse of the existing building, rather it is designed to express to all that a future in the arts and cultural fields exists within the region,” Cr Hanning said.

“It will do this by accepting the existing building fabric as the basis for an ongoing and strong project but at the same time using materials not found in the existing structure, such as stainless steel wall sheeting, exposed structural steel, aluminium windows, timber decking, and backlighted translucent glass sheeting on light weight decorative steel frame. These will all be combined into an architectural composition of imagination and delight,” Cr Hanning said.

“The interior will be treated in a manner which offers the greatest flexibility for managing the permanent collection and touring exhibitions, while providing exciting new space, which will delight visitors on their journey through the building.

“The inclusion of studio workshop area and meeting rooms, together with the expanded exhibition galleries will give Latrobe Regional Gallery a tangible arts presence in the region and provide a platform for ongoing cultural development and enrichment of its people,” Cr Hanning concluded.

Media Enquiries:

Cr. Tony Hanning, Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 373 577

Cr. Brendan Jenkins, Deputy Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 374 590

Ms. Penny Holloway, Chief Executive Officer,
tel. 5173 1401 or 0417 557 103

Jeremy Bein, Public Relations and Communications Officer,
tel. 5173 1468


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