Monday, September 15, 2008
New Galleries for Wellington
City Gallery Press release 15 September 2008
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We are delighted to announce that City Gallery Wellington is entering a crucial period of growth and change, embarking on a $4million development initiative. The Gallery closes for development construction, as well as seismic strengthening of the existing building, on 19 October 2008 at the conclusion of the Fiona Hall: Force Field exhibition.
The development project, designed by award-winning architect Stuart Gardyne of Architecture+, will involve a new two storey addition as well as seismic strengthening of the existing building.
The new wing includes the multi-purpose Adam Auditorium with the new Russell Hancock Gallery replacing the existing cinema on the ground floor. Walk-through pedestrian access provides a link from Harris Street to Civic Square.
Upstairs there will be two new gallery project spaces, the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery dedicated to the work of Wellington artists and the Roderick and Gillian Deane Gallery dedicated to the work of Maori and Pacific Island artists as well as a reading room/AV space.
The enlarged, new-look City Gallery Wellington is scheduled to re-open in early September, 2009. Follow the progress and keep up to date at www.citygallery.org.nz.
Images (from top to bottom): an external view from above of City Gallery Wellington's new tower; the second image is a cross section of the building showing the new Adam Auditorium and the West Gallery on the ground floor, and on the first floor the new Roderick and Gillian Deane Gallery of Maori and Pacific art, the new reading room/AV space and the existing South Gallery; the third image shows the Roderick and Gillian Deane Gallery of Maori and Pacific art on the first floor featuring a virtual exhibition of works by Darryn George; the bottom image shows the Russell Hancock Gallery. All images are architect's impressions generated by Architecture+.