The new art gallery, officially named the Rockhampton Museum of Art, is a three-storey structure with around 4700m2 gross floor area and is constructed on 212 and 214 Quay Street and the back section of 220 Quay Street for a delivery dock.
The new gallery makes the region’s significant and notable collection more accessible to the community through expanded gallery spaces, provides opportunities to show touring exhibitions, and offers spaces for education and community engagement. In short, the new gallery is reinvigorating the local economy and providing a tourist drawcard for visitors from interstate and beyond.
Planning for the redevelopment of the Rockhampton Art Gallery was conducted over a number of years, and was supported by feasibility analysis showing economic, cultural and community benefits for Rockhampton, the Central Queensland region, and the state.
The project has delivered a cutting-edge Cultural Precinct for Central Queensland, activating economic transformation and population growth. The Rockhampton Museum of Art is an Australian first in the sector; being intentionally designed with both architectural and operating features offering unique access benefits for Australia’s aging population. This socially inclusive, professionally educational, and digitally entrepreneurial gallery is a catalyst for the Rockhampton CBD revitalisation.
Through funding by the Queensland and Federal Governments, Council appointed a collaborative team of Conrad Gargett Architects, Clare Design and Brian Hooper Architect to develop the design of the new Rockhampton Museum of Art and to help transform the CBD.
The Rockhampton Museum of Art construction was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government in association with Rockhampton Regional Council.