Inside Australia’s first fire-proof gallery

Calling itself ‘a reimagined art destination’ leading its reopening in March, Bundanon is set to live up to that ambition.

As the marketing spiel explains: ‘Bundanon is many things.’

Bundanon CEO Rachel Kent elaborates, ‘We are soon to be a national and international attraction – it is an absolute destination here … (it’s) very much a new chapter in Bundanon’s evolution.’

Just two weeks after devastating bushfires had swept through NSW’s South Coast in January 2020 – reaching within just a kilometre of the historic property – Federal Minister for the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher, broke ground on the site.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina