Gallery welcomes $500K in funding

Central Goldfields Shire chief administrator Noel Harvey and Central Goldfields Art Gallery curator Helen Kaptein were rapt when $500,000 funding was announced for an upgrade of the local art gallery.

A major redevelopment of the Central Goldfields Art Gallery will soon commence after the State Government announced $500,000 in funding last week.

The project is one of 35 across rural and regional communities to be announced last Wednesday, each to share in more than $16 million in funding as part of the government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund.

The project will see various upgrades made to the historic fire station in Neill Street, built in 1861 and currently houses the gallery, including the creation of a more welcoming entrance by opening the fire station doors and for the installation of improved environmental climate controls.

The funding will also see internal gallery spaces remodelled with improved storage facilities for the shire’s art collection and the creation of a more open internal exhibition space.

Expected to pave the way for a larger and more varied art program, Central Goldfields Art Gallery curator and education officer Helen Kaptein said she’s “thrilled” with the funding announcement.

“I’m over the moon, I’m just so thrilled. This announcement acknowledges the importance of art and culture in this community,” she said.

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