Bundanon Trust receives $8.592 million to build new contemporary art gallery

Bundanon Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018 and what better gift to receive than a hearty financial subsidy.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro, the Minister for Regional New South Wales, and Don Harwin, the NSW Minister for the Arts, have announced a foundational grant of $8.592 million towards realising Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan to house and display its $43 million art collection and expand its children’s education programs. A light-filled contemporary art gallery embedded in the landscape sits at the heart of the expansion plans for Bundanon Trust in Riverside, on the NSW south coast, gifted to the nation by renowned Australia artist Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne in 1993.

Arthur Boyd, Nebuchadnezzar being struck by lightning, 1968-69, oil on canvas. Bundanon Trust Collection

The largest allocation from the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund, this tranche of government funds will contribute to the $28.5 million required to complete the project.

Bundanon CEO Deborah Ely commented that the Trust is ‘thrilled that the NSW state government is setting the precedent for funding these world-class facilities to attract visitors to regional Australia and to house this internationally significant, and rapidly growing, modern and contemporary art collection. We are looking forward to embarking on this dynamic design and realising Boyd’s vision for Bundanon.’

Dance North will be performing at Siteworks 2018. Directed by Patrick Nolan. Photograph: Amber Haines

Local Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward adds, ‘This is an enormous win for arts in the Shoalhaven, our region and our State. I have been fighting for these funds together with Bundanon Trust and today we get to deliver this outstanding result.’

R3 – The Arrival Hall. Courtesy Kerstin Thompson Architects

Designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) the new subterranean contemporary art gallery will house Bundanon Trust’s collection of over 3,800 items, featuring 1,300 works by Arthur Boyd together with his contemporaries such as Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Joy Hester and Charles Blackman. The Collection also includes etchings by Goya and Picasso as well as pieces by Brett Whiteley, contemporary works by Brook Andrew, Rosemary Laing and Polixeni Papapetrou. In addition, the Trust has an archive of artist books, scripts, compositions and working models related to artwork developed on the properties through the Artist in Residence program.

KTA’s Masterplan design for Riversdale also encompasses a world-class creative learning centre for school students, a contemporary visitor hub, accommodation and cafe. The new facilities will be housed within a new 140-metre-long by 9-metre-wide structure that at one end abuts the art gallery within the sloping hillside, continuing along to bridge an existing gully, and containing 34 bedrooms, teaching and dining space and public eatery.