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 new facility housed on this famous landscape will pave the way for the Bundanon Trust’s revered $43 million collection to be housed and presented for all visitors to enjoy” Minister Don Harwin
Deputy Premier John Barilaro, the Minister for Regional New South Wales, and Don Harwin, the NSW Minister for the Arts, announced today a foundational grant of $8.592 million towards realising Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan to house and display its collection and expand its children’s education programs.
$8.592 million, the largest allocation from the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund, will enable the building of the gallery and storage component of the project, designed to display and house the Bundanon Trust’s $43 million art collection. This tranche of government funds will contribute to the $28.5 million required to complete the project.
Local Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward commented: “This is an enormous win for arts in the Shoalhaven, our region and our State. I have been fighting for these funds together with Bundanon Trust and today we get to deliver this outstanding result.”
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 $37.5 million collection of Boyd works.
All concept images supplied by KTA