New gallery in Bundanon Trust masterplan


Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) have been announced as the winning firm in the competition to design a new gallery for Arthur Boyd’s collection as part of the Bundanon Trust masterplan.

The masterplan will revitalize the 1100-hectare property near Nowra in NSW that Boyd and his partner Yvonne gifted to the public in 1993.

The Bundanon Trust manages four sites including the Bundanon Homestead site and the Riversdale site. Currently they welcome around 40,000 visitors each year.

The Bundanon Trust masterplan includes a world-class creative learning centre for school students, visitor hub, residential quarters and a new gallery to house the $37.5 million Arthur Boyd art collection.

The Arthur Boyd collection boasts some 3,800 items, including 1300 artworks by Boyd himself, as well as works by leading Australian artists including Boyd’s peers Sidney Nolan, Charles Blackman, Brett Whiteley and John Perceval. Contemporary works from participants in the Trust’s artist in residence program are also included.

On winning the commission, architect Kerstin Thompson commented, “We are delighted and honoured to have been appointed as architect for such a culturally significant project. Arthur Boyd’s vision indelibly changed the way we perceive the Australian landscape; through his work our senses are sharpened to the intensity of its colours, textures and moods. The Masterplan offers the chance to conjure a design in keeping with Boyd’s distillations of the Australian landscape; its beauty and harshness, contours, light, colours and tones.”

The full masterplan team includes: Kerstin Thompson Architects; Wraight & Associates with Craig Burton, landscape architecture and ecology; Atelier10, ecologically sustainable design; and Irwin Consulting, structural and civil engineering. The group will work closely with Bundanon Trust staff, Shoalhaven locals and other stakeholders.

The Bundanon Trust masterplan is due to be delivered in March 2017.

News Words by Art Guide Australia