1500 SCHOOL CHILDREN FIRST TO EXPERIENCE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES EXPANSION
Students from 50 schools across the State lined the Welcome Plaza of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ expansion today to be amongst the first to preview the new gallery.
The students, from as far as Wilcannia Central School and as close as Crown Street Public School, were the first to experience the newly installed artworks inside and outside the new building ahead of the public opening on 3 December.
Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said the $344 million expansion is a major NSW Government investment in the State’s future, and it is only fitting that the next generation of young Australians are amongst the first to see the space.
“This preview is the culmination of years of planning and construction and it is just wonderful to watch students from all over NSW cross the threshold of the new Art Gallery building and expanded site,” Mr Franklin said.
“This is exactly what the NSW Government sought to realise for the people of the State when we invested in the project – art for everyone, accessible by everyone and in the most extraordinarily beautiful natural and built setting.”
As part of the gallery visits, students were able to experience the inaugural Tank commission The End of Imagination by Adrián Villar Rojas and explored the new education spaces including the new Learning Studio and Media Lab.
The Art Gallery’s SANAA-designed building will almost double the space for art and attract leading exhibitions from around the world.
The schools preview also marks 50 years of education at the Art Gallery, which provides students with direct encounters with art, artists and ideas. The Art Gallery is also home to ARTEXPRESS, the annual exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding HSC student artworks.
Art Gallery Director Dr Michael Brand said the Art Gallery and its collection belong to everyone and it’s wonderful for students to be first in our new building.
“Thanks to the expansion, the Art Gallery now has the capacity to offer its renowned art education programs and creative learning opportunities to significantly more young people from across the State – both at the Art Gallery and remotely,” Mr Brand said.