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Art Gallery of NSW secures $244m expansion for ‘global museum of the future’

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is set to double in size with the NSW Government announcing a $244 million investment in the ‘Sydney Modern’ extension.

First proposed in 2013, then extension will see the gallery double its floor space to extend the historic gallery to the north east. It will transform the landscape opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens and will include eight low lying pavilions resting on two decommissioned oil tanks which are set to become exhibition spaces. The rest of the newly added floor space will be dedicated to displaying more of its $1.3 billion collection, plus areas for education programs, film screenings and live performances.

water tank exhibition centre

Proposed exhibition tanks at Art Gallery of New South Wales

The ‘Sydney Modern’ will also allow the gallery to compete with Melbourne and Brisbane for international exhibitions which are expected to bring in over two millions visitors each year.

For gallery Director Dr. Michael Brand, the expansion of the gallery will “deliver an iconic building that combines art, architecture and landscape in an extraordinary way, and in one of the most breathtaking locations in the world.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 and is expected to be finished in 2021, to align with the gallery’s 150 year anniversary celebrations.