Greater Dandenong Art Gallery
Client: City of Greater Dandenong
Past and present unite at the Greater Dandenong Gallery of Art – a bold vision and detailed roadmap working towards a vibrant creative future
People from more than 150 nations make their homes in the City of Greater Dandenong, Australia’s most diverse municipality. As part of the revitalisation of the city’s CBD, Council is transforming the historic Mason Street Masonic Hall into a contemporary arts hub: the Greater Dandenong Gallery of Art.
Heritage values meet contemporary architecture in design approach by Six Degrees Architects that is simultaneously restrained and innovative: from one angle, an august 1920s façade; from another, a glass wall that offers glimpses of the carefully curated gallery program waiting inside.
The vision for the Gallery speaks of the city itself: vibrant, open and inclusive, a uniquely rich cultural environment showcased in flexible, museum-standard spaces that both capture the city’s legacy and fuel an exciting artistic future.
The Management and Operating Plan delivered by The Maytrix Group and Positive Solutions distils the strategic objectives of Greater Dandenong’s arts and cultural strategy – to nurture and celebrate creative expression, drive a creative economy and maximise opportunities for the community to engage and participate – to frame a clear vision for the Gallery of Art. It expands the vision, operational framework and planning required to lead into the Gallery opening and beyond, addressing resourcing, curatorial and programming strategy, operating forecasts and performance indicators. A detailed implementation plan maps the path to engaging with different sectors of the community to establish a vibrant and creative hub for the arts dedicated to expressing, exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of Greater Dandenong’s cultural heritage.