State-of-the-art transformation for The Gunnery

Dunn & Hillam Architects, Architect’s render of The Gunnery featuring artwork by Dennis Golding, 'Cast in cast out', 2020, detail, courtesy the artist.

Dunn & Hillam Architects, Architect’s render of The Gunnery featuring artwork by Dennis Golding, Cast in cast out, 2020, detail, courtesy the artist.

The Gunnery at Woolloomooloo will undergo a $5 million transformation as part of the NSW Government’s pipeline of projects designed to revitalise the State’s arts and cultural venues and kickstart economic recovery.

The investment will see The Gunnery transformed into a state-of-the-art facility with expanded exhibition spaces, more artist-in-residence studios and a greater connection to the local neighbourhood and Sydney Harbour Foreshore.

The heritage building is an important hub for artists and the broader community, including Artspace since the early 90s, and the upgrades will deliver a contemporary, more accessible centre for generations to come.

The cultural infrastructure project will deliver enhanced artist studios, adaptable multi-use spaces, and expanded galleries, as part of a program of work that will support artistic excellence and meet the needs of the community.

The transformation includes:

  • the reorientation of The Gunnery gallery entrance to Forbes Street Plaza, creating a cultural corridor and sightline with the Art Gallery of NSW and The Domain parklands
  • expanded and more accessible gallery space
  • more artists-in-residence studios
  • The Gunnery first floor will be upgraded into an education, outreach, and public program space
  • increased accessibility and compliance
  • a new commercial kitchen on first floor and upgraded electrical and fire services
  • essential building upgrade works including waterproofing, electrical and security systems.

These upgrades to The Gunnery will ensure the legacy of the landmark building as the destination for visual arts in NSW.

This project is supported through the NSW Government’s $120 million in the State Budget to improve the accessibility, sustainability and functionality of the State’s arts and cultural venues.

Image: Dunn & Hillam Architects, Architect’s render of The Gunnery featuring artwork by Dennis Golding, Cast in cast out, 2020, detail, courtesy the artist. Image supplied.
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Published: 26 November 2020