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.
Anna Nervegna, co-designer
Djandak, Landscape Consultant
WebbConsult, Structural Engineer