Rockhampton Art Gallery
Client: Rockhampton Regional Council
Rockhampton Art Gallery is being reimagined within a new vibrant cultural precinct and community space that will activate Rockhampton’s city centre, enrich tourism and boost economic activity in the region
Rockhampton Regional Council recognises that arts and culture in the region makes a direct and vital contribution to the prosperity,
liveability and creativity of the community.
Framed by the City’s CBD Redevelopment Framework, the plan to relocate Rockhampton’s Art Gallery is identified as a key project in the City’s revitalisation strategy which will focus on creating a vibrant cultural hub and active community precinct around the historic Customs House and Quay Street.
Making the City’s significant and notable collection more accessible to the community through expanded gallery spaces, improved capacity to show touring exhibitions and programmable spaces for education and community engagement, the new Gallery will reinvigorate the local economy and provide a tourist drawcard for visitors from interstate and beyond.
Planning for the redevelopment of the Rockhampton Art Gallery has been in play for a number of years and is supported by feasibility and options analysis that shows economic, cultural and community benefits for Rockhampton, the Central Queensland region and the state.
The Maytrix Group completed a review of previous studies to inform the initial funding proposals to develop the business case. It also outlined the conditions and requirements likely to frame the full business case. The Maytrix Group, supported by Slattery and Positive Solutions, worked closely with Council and the project architects to deliver a business case which complies with the project decision framework and clearly articulates the development’s significant benefits to the City and region.
Council has now appointed a collaborative team of Conrad Gargett Architects, Clare Design and Brian Hooper Architect to develop the masterplan for the cultural precinct, and design the new art gallery and community spaces to create a fully activated and engaged city centre.