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Great news for the arts in Melbourne

'Game-changer': Melbourne to build nation's largest contemporary art gallery

By Joe Hinchliffe
3 June 2018 — 9:01am

Melbourne is set to become home to a Australia’s largest contemporary art gallery as part of a major transformation of the Southbank arts precinct.


Melbourne is set to house Australia's largest contemporary art gallery as part of a major transformation of the South Bank arts precinct.

Premier Daniel Andrews, who will announce the gallery on Sunday morning, described the project as a once-in-a-generation transformation of the city's arts precinct that would deliver new "public space, better theatres and thousands of local jobs and attract millions of visitors''.


“It’s a game-changer for our city that will cement Melbourne as the cultural capital of Australia,” the premier said.

A spokeswoman for the premier said the centerpiece of the redevelopment would be the new gallery, which is being called 'NGV Contemporary'.

"But it's much more than that," she said.

18,000 square metres of new and renewed public space and make it easier for pedestrians to get from Southbank to St Kilda Road.

"Lots of land is being opened up for public space which will transform area between the Southbank restaurants and the existing arts precinct of the National Gallery of Victoria and Arts Centre.

"It will be an entire redevelopment of the whole precinct."

The spokeswoman said the "massive project" would be kick-started $208 million from the Andrews Government to plan and design "a world-leading contemporary gallery".

She said the money was being used to buy the former Carlton & United Breweries building and to begin design-phase work.

The state government would then be calling on philanthropic donations. Other sources of funding are at this stage unknown.

The project would provide 18,000 square metres of new and renewed public space and make it easier for pedestrians to get from Southbank to St Kilda Road.

Under the plans, a new hub at 1 City Road behind the Arts Centre, currently a fenced-off block filled with shipping containers, will also become home to the Australian Performing Arts Gallery, an expanded Australian Music Vault, administrative, education and research facilities, and a new centre for independent arts organisations.

The area behind the Arts Centre would be transformed into a 'creative hub' and public space opened up as part of the proposed redevelopment.
The area behind the Arts Centre would be transformed into a 'creative hub' and public space opened up as part of the proposed redevelopment.

The project is expected to create 10,000 jobs during construction, according to the government, including 260 ongoing jobs. It would also attract an extra three million visitors each year.

According to a government statement, the Arts Centre and NGV together attract more than six million visitors every year – twice as many as the MCG.
 

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Great. More "green" space that will need protection from overshadowing. Sounds like a good idea. Hopefully, it won't reduce the size of future towers too much.

On another note.
I wish they would spend some money on getting some proper pieces for our museums. The stuff we have on display is embarrasing. We need to hire Indiana Jones.
 

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I really hope we do this right, this is a real opportunity to build something iconic and world-renowned which builds Melbournes international image.
 

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You have to take history into account with the NGV. It was established in 1861, when we were just a collection of colonies, and Canberra wasn't even a concept.

"National Gallery of Victoria
Art Museum
The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Founded in 1861, it is Australia's oldest, largest and most visited art museum. The NGV houses an encyclopedic art collection across two sites: NGV International, located on St Kilda Road in the Melbourne Arts Precinct of Southbank, and the I…"
https://www.bing.com/search?q=Natio...f977-d741-caf1-9ad9-155ce6e4b943"&FORM=SNAPST
 

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The concept of linking the St Kilda Road level to Sturt Street has been in the works for a while. Buying the CUB building has been the catalyst for actually doing something. We can only hope for an inspiring design for the galleries, but even the plaza renders would transform the area. Institutions, like the Recital Hall and the well-under-construction Conservatorium of Music, will no longer be tucked away at the back. As an after thought, all the hotels and apartments which have gone up in that area will suddenly have a much more prestigious address. It also makes all the Melbourne Square towers seem so much closer to the action, with a short walk down Kavanagh Street bringing them into the new precinct. One of the most exciting developments in a long time.
 

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Funny, I was just walking around there yesterday, and noticed how disjointed much of the Arts precinct actually is. All those pokey half-hidden stairwells that don't facilitate smooth movement between the different parts. Plus how the area is almost aggressively cut off from City Road and Sturt Street for pedestrians.

Anything that opens this whole area up is great news....
 

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Great initiative. Melbourne is bereft of Internationally recognizable landmarks. The Arts is one area that Melbourne can genuinely lay claim to having a reputation worthy of global recognition. That area of Southbank is dead. Bring it on!
 

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Actually was thinking the other day about that area. Now that the off ramp from City Road to Sturt Street will (probably) be closed, I wonder if they can turn that existing pedestrian underpass into an actual cycleway that offers cyclist a safe and reasonable bypass around Southbank promenade. Originally the pedestrian underpass was used to access the old tram stop which has been demolished, so it might be something to take advantage of an existing asset that can improve accessibility to that part of Southbank.
 

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It makes Melbourne look pretentious.
If a non-capital city names its institutions as the "National" this or the "Australian Centre" of that, then yes that is pretentious.
With that wit and rock-solid logic, you must be super popular at barbecues.

So i'm assuming you're advocating to rename the Australian Museum and the Australian National Maritime Museum, both in Sydney?
 

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Ten thousand construction jobs. Welcome to my City Road nightmare. Gee it's hard being a Southbank resident at times. A perennial state of disruption.

As an aside if they want 3 million visitors a year they seriously need to do something about the number of heavy vehicles using City Road every day. Allowing placarded loads through the tunnel would be a good start.
 
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