A light-filled contemporary art gallery – partially buried in the landscape – sits at the heart of the new plan for Bundanon Trust’s Riversdale property, with a dramatic bridge structure landing onto an expansive public plaza near the existing nineteenth century buildings.
“This funding will see Arthur and Yvonne Boyd's vision of a unique cultural asset for the nation further developed through the creation of a dedicated gallery showcasing and safeguarding the priceless Bundanon collection.”- Minister Mitch Fifield
Senator Mitch Fifield, the Minister for the Arts, has announced a budget commitment of $22 million towards realising Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan to house and display its collection and expand its children’s education programs. This follows on from the announcement in 2018 by The Hon. Don Harwin, the NSW Minister for the Arts, of a foundational grant of $8.592 million from the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund. Combined, these government funds will contribute to the $30.6 million required to complete the project.
Minister Fifield commented: “The Government recognises the importance of the Bundanon and Riversdale asset to the Shoalhaven region and this funding will not only create jobs during the construction phase of the project but will also expand the education experiences offered, which in turn will mean more visitors and more jobs in associated roles. We’re proud to help the Shoalhaven share their wonderful attractions with more visitors.”
Underpinning the design is an ecological approach- Deborah Ely, CEO, Bundanon Trust
Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) have created a dynamic new plan for Arthur Boyd’s iconic Riversdale property in regional New South Wales.
The KTA design reinforces the existing cluster of buildings as the heart of the Riversdale experience. Included are a world-class creative learning centre for school students, a contemporary visitor hub, accommodation and a café.
Sensitively embracing the existing landscape and its ecology, the design responds to current and future climatic conditions with inspiration drawn from rural Australia’s trestle flood bridges. The new facilities are housed within a new 140-metre-long by 9-metre-wide structure that at one end abuts the art gallery within the sloping hillside, continuing along to bridge an existing gully.
Architect Kerstin Thompson explains, “The design concept both preserves and transforms, is equal parts subtle and dramatic. Renowned aspects of the current setting are maintained and their presence enhanced with an array of new and compelling visitor experiences.”
The design for Riversdale will showcase the Trust’s $43 million collection of Boyd works.
All concept images supplied by KTA