As part of a bumper Budget announcement yesterday, the Victorian government confirmed their commitment to fund the construction of Australia’s largest gallery of contemporary art and design, NGV Contemporary.
The purpose-built gallery will be the focus of a newly reimagined Melbourne Arts Precinct. Located at 77 Southbank Boulevard, NGV Contemporary will be part of a rebuild linking the Arts Centre and NGV International to Sturt Street.
The gallery will exhibit contemporary art, design, fashion and architecture of local, national and international significance and will be designed by an Australian architectural team, appointed through a competition process.
“NGV Contemporary will form an intrinsic part of Melbourne’s creative and cultural identity, a universal civic space where visitors can gather, socialise, learn and interpret our world through a year-round presentation of exhibitions and programs that reflect contemporary life and culture”, said Tony Ellwood AM, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria.
The development of NGV Contemporary will increase NGV’s capacity to showcase contemporary art and design from the NGV Collection in addition to larger gallery spaces enabling a more ambitious exhibition program.