Go ahead for NGV Contemporary in Melbourne

NGV Contemporary in Melbourne is to move ahead with plans to build the largest contemporary art gallery in Australia.

The State Government of Victoria has announced its commitment to the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, the centrepiece of which will be NGV Contemporary.

“This announcement also gives a great opportunity to enable a building of great architectural significance,” said Tony Ellwood, NGV Director, adding that the building will be a landmark for Melbourne.

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia.  Founded in 1861, the NGV holds the most significant collection of art in the region with more than 70,000 works from international and local artists both historic and contemporary.

According to a report by ABC News, the first stage of the project is fully funded with the State Government having allocated around A$150 million in the May budget to buy the site and start planning works.

The development will also include bars and restaurants in an enhanced public space, as well as upgrades to theatres at the Arts Centre, an expanded Australian Music Vault and a new centre for smaller arts organisations.

Image: NGV Contemporary