Building DA approved

 

We are pleased to announce that the Building DA for The Southern Highlands Regional Art Gallery at Retford Park has passed through Council and been approved; a director is in the process of being appointed and we are on track to open in early 2021.

We are tremendously excited and proud of Ben, Jenny, Rob, Justin and their committee for their vision and commitment to this project. Our special thanks also to Milena Stojanovska who has been the dynamo behind the mountain of administration involved.

Our long-time supporters and members of Sofa SHRG should be proud of their energy, persistence and encouragement over many years and the Sofa SHRG committee thank you all wholeheartedly for your help.

It has been revealed that the gallery will go by the name Ngunungulla which means ‘belonging’ in Gundungurra. Never could we have known how pertinent this name would be this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmVJaJM1aNI

What a celebration!

The Southern Highlands community spirit was strong at the Our Gallery Community Day at the old dairy at Retford Park in Bowral on Sunday 17th November 2019. Nearly 800 people gathered to celebrate the new Regional Gallery and learn about Ben Quilty’s vision for the project. The crowd were treated to entertainment by Jimmy and Mahalia Barnes, The Voice’s Michelle Cashman and a host of local artists who gave their time to support the gallery while the dairy itself came alive with creative play for all ages.
The new Southern Highlands Regional Gallery is due to start building in 2020 with an expected open date of early 2021. Money raised from the sell out event will go towards fit out, landscaping and education programs, but there are still more funds needed.
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see the community day photos

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Meet some of our supporters…

Heidi McGeoch. ‘A Regional Art Gallery, adjoining the magnificent garden of Retford Park will create a perfect match of art and history to be enjoyed by local community and visitors. 

As a local artist I know the gallery will create a social and cultural environment that will bring together art sculpture music dance and theatre under the one roof for many to enjoy.’

Meet Dana, David, Esther and Elvis and Sarah the chicken! ‘The more creativity the better! The highlands is a beautiful place. We both grew up here, and we have chosen to raise our family here. We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a beautiful landscape, wonderful creative people, and the thought of a regional gallery is so exciting. We love it! We are looking forward to seeing it come to fruition.’

Meet the Conway Landscaping team. Mick Conway: ‘I think it’s awesome. It’s great for our kids. It’s great for the community. Who wouldn’t be behind a regional gallery? There are so many talented, creative people in the highlands already, it can only be a good thing. I want to see something like MONA in the southern highlands! Bring it on!’

Athol, Jane and Bob of Dirty Janes. Jane Crowley: ‘As business owners, we say the more creativity and good things in the highlands the better.

As locals, we feel the same. The highlands is a precious place, and a regional gallery will do wonders to build on what is so precious about this magical part of the world. We support our gallery, and we hope you will too.’

Bowral High visual arts students. ‘A regional gallery that our students can regularly, continually and easily access here in the Southern Highlands will provide our students with constant source of artworks from national and international renowned artists, art express, Archibald prize and touring exhibitions. Having access to a regional gallery will enhance the educational outcomes and wellbeing of our students. I fully support the Southern Highlands Regional Gallery and am truly excited to see our students be immersed and inspired and watch their creativity grow.’ Michelle Young, Rel HT CAPA and Visual Arts Teacher, Bowral High School

About us: The Supporters of a Southern Highlands Regional Gallery (SOFA SHRG) have worked hard for a Regional Gallery for the highlands for over 25 years.  Now thanks to the leadership and determination of a band of highlanders we are now realising that dream. Find out more…

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