Albury Regional Art Gallery closes for renovations - Art Collector

Albury Regional Art Gallery exterior - the old Town Hall, which will be preserved in the redevelopment. Courtesy: Albury-Wodonga Australia

3 July 2013 | Albury Regional Art Gallery is set to close this Friday to commence a $10.5 million redevelopment project.

The gallery opened in 1981 and has since built up a collection comprising over 2,000 works valued at more than $5 million in total, including an important suite of works by Russell Drysdale.

The redevelopment will preserve the façade of the old Albury Town Hall (pictured above) while creating internal spaces for exhibiting, storage and conservation. This will enable the gallery to make new acquisitions and host larger touring exhibitions, and the storage areas will enable the gallery to comply with national and international touring standards.

There will also be a dedicated gallery for emerging artists and for public programs, including educational workshops and children's art workshops. Alice Glachan, mayor of Albury City, announced earlier this year that the gallery renovations are predicted to generate $3.8 million in annual tourism spending. The gallery is expected to reopen in mid 2015.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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