Facade Of Western Australia’s Art Gallery To Be Restored

Facade Of Western Australia’s Art Gallery To Be Restored

Western Australia Minister for Culture & Arts John Day

Western Australia Minister for Finance Simon O’Brien

Tenders Called For Art Gallery Of WA Facelift

Victor P Taffa

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day and Finance Minister Simon O’Brien have today called for tenders for the Planned Restoration of the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s Facade.

Mr. Day said the State Government allocation of $10 Million to fund the gallery’s facade project would give the building a much-needed facelift and ensured it remained safe for the long term.

“The Gallery is one of Western Australia’s key cultural institutions and a renewal of the fabric of the building will ensure its long life for future generations to enjoy.”

“The Art Gallery of WA will be open for business throughout the maintenance project with a full schedule of exhibitions, tours, functions and events with the Art Gallery Shop and the Art Gallery Cafe operating as usual.” Mr. Day said.

“The existing gallery facade will be replaced with new matching block-work that will maintain the heritage facade of the building but allow for expansion, provide resistance to water damage and incorporate energy-saving insulation.”

“Throughout this project our priority is the safety of the public, gallery visitors, staff and Cultural Centre neighbours and, of course, the State Art Collection.” Mr. Day said.

WA Minister for Finance Simon O'Brien

WA Minister for Finance Simon O’Brien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr O’Brien said he was pleased to see the essential Restoration Project moving ahead.

“The Project Control Group, similar to other major infrastructure projects, includes expertise from Building Management and Works, the Office of the Government Architect, the Department of Culture and the Arts, in consultation with the Heritage Council of WA and EPRA.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“Over the past six months, this group has been engaged in a wide range of technical investigations, testing and monitoring so that construction can be undertaken to ensure minimal impact of vibration, dust and water for the public visiting the gallery and enjoying the Cultural Centre and surrounds.” Mr. O’Brien said.