Conrad Gargett, in collaboration with Clare Design and Brian Hooper Architect, is honoured to contribute to Rockhampton’s future vision by designing the new state-of-the-art $31.5 million Art Gallery which is set to boost the regional city’s economy. The relocation and expansion of the new Rockhampton Art Gallery will adjoin the iconic 1899 Customs House on the Fitzroy River.
Endorsed by Rockhampton Regional Council, the landmark project is anticipated to complement the master planned riverfront arts and cultural precinct and vibrancy of Rockhampton, and be a major long-term economic driver for the city and region. The Art Gallery is expected to be a drawcard for the city and region, more than doubling tourist visitation numbers annually, and increasing overtime. It is anticipated to have a positive impact on job creation.
Principal of Conrad Gargett with vast experience in heritage design, David Gole stated, “Our practice, in partnership with Clare Design and Brian Hooper Architect, is privileged to bring our expertise to create the new Rockhampton Art Gallery. The Art Gallery will sit adjacent to Customs House and its beautiful Fitzroy River setting, and will be the new centrepiece for creative and social activities to reactivate the city’s heritage precinct.”
Director of Clare Design, Kerry Clare stated, “The new building will expand Rockhampton Art Gallery’s capacity to conserve and exhibit its internationally-significant collection, including important representative works of the ‘greats’ of Australian modernist artists. Large gallery spaces with high ceilings and adaptability will increase the gallery’s loan capacity so many diverse exhibitions can be undertaken. The gallery will provide inspiring new spaces for artists and the public, and support ongoing creative endeavour and engagement over time.”
“The gallery diagram centres around an east-west ‘interior street’ that generates a new connection from the city’s main street through to the river. The new street is defined by two levels of high ceiling gallery spaces on one side and open function areas on the other that culminate in a three-storey glazed atrium to engage directly with Customs House. Architecturally, the materials and colour palette of the Art Gallery complement the historic building context,” highlighted Kerry.
The Rockhampton Art Gallery will be a legacy cultural building for future generations. In 2017 Council received a $2million grant from the Queensland State Government to progress the Business Case and design works. Construction is projected for completion in 2020.