Persistence pays off: Green light for Newcastle Art Gallery’s $35.6M expansion

After two knock-backs, and 16-years of lobbying, Newcastle Art Gallery gets green light for $35.6M expansion project, which will double its space.
Newcastle Art Gallery expansion render.

A few days ago, Newcastle City Council (NCC) signed off on committing fund for the long awaited expansion of Newcastle Art Gallery.

The $35.6 million project has been on and off the table for the better part of 16-years.

‘We have had a couple of goes at it previously,’ gallery director Lauretta Morton told ArtsHub. ‘The first proposal was to knock down the existing building, and a design competition was run in 2005/6. Then in 2021/13 a new redevelopment plan didn’t go ahead either.’

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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