Powerhouse Ultimo is here to stay as design museum with $480M investment

Biggest investment in the arts since the Sydney Opera House, NSW Government commits $500 million to Powerhouse Ultimo, on top of the institution's move to Parramatta.

NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin, in a joint media call with MAAS (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences) CEO Lisa Havilah, announced this morning a new investment of $480-500 million to transform Powerhouse Ultimo into a dedicated museum to design and fashion.

Powerhouse Parramatta will focus on the intersections and histories of science, technology and creative industries. The investment – along with $1.1 billion already committed to Powerhouse Parramatta – makes it the largest cultural investment NSW has made since the building of Sydney Opera House.

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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