Central Goldfields Art Gallery | Nervegna Reed Architecture

Central Goldfields Art Gallery | Nervegna Reed Architecture | Photographer: John Gollings

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Central Goldfields Art Gallery | Nervegna Reed Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Dja Dja Wurrung
Year
2023
Chapter

Victoria

Category
Public Architecture
Regional Prize (VIC)
Builder
Searle Brothers
Photographer
John Gollings
Project summary

Maryborough is situated on Dja Dja Wurrung country in central Victoria, Wurundjeri. The project comprises of the Art Gallery and an Indigenous Interpretive Sculpture Garden. Nervegna Reed were engaged to design the gallery and Djandak (arm of Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation) deigned the sculpture garden (due for completion later his year). The two aspects of the projects are integral to a cultural decolonising of Maryborough. The Central Goldfields Art Gallery site sits at the end of the 19th century civic spine which extends to the Maryborough train station.

The aim was to revitalise the buildings while including Djaara history and culture, to correct the dominance (and violence) of colonial history and ideology. The design aimed to incorporate multiple stories into the spaces, to ‘surgically’ cut into the 19th century fabric of the building to reveal other histories, viewpoints, and to avoid the dominant ideology of the Victorian.

Victorian Jury Presentation

Nervegna Reed’s design merges the historic elements of a 19th century fire station with the contemporary standards for presentation of visual art to deliver a modern public gallery. Providing multiple opportunities to engage, even before stepping inside, the building opens its arms wide and encourages interaction and dialogue with its community. Framing views to an Indigenous Interpretive Garden that will reference traditional fire practices, the space is anchored to its environment. From the inside, there are further opportunities to look up and out, with the result that it is expansive and optimistic, just like the future of Central Goldfields Shire.

Project Practice Team

Anna Nervegna, co-designer

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Djandak, Landscape Consultant
WebbConsult, Structural Engineer

Connect with Nervegna Reed Architecture
Central Goldfields Art Gallery | Nervegna Reed Architecture | Photographer: John Gollings

This form is now closed.