The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery is located within the historic Camp St precinct and was Australia’s oldest provincial art institution. The gallery had a considerable collection of 19th and early 20th century art and also housed the original Eureka Flag. Since its establishment in 1888, the gallery had developed and expanded. PTW Architects was commissioned to design a contemporary addition to the building.
The addition provided 300sqm of gallery space for contemporary art that incorporated daylight in the display, 300sqm of flexible temporary exhibition space and a function area of 150m² that opened onto a forecourt. It mediated between the historic buildings yet, at the same time, gave a sculptural embodiment to display and appreciation of contemporary art. The iconic form of this wing heralded the presence of a renewed institution and anchored one end of the public space of the Camp St precinct.
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Ballarat, VIC, Australia
PTW Architects in association with Peddle Thorp Melbourne