Australia Melbourne to build largest contemporary art gallery in Australia

13:55  03 june  2018
13:55  03 june  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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Victoria is hoping to secure its place as the country's cultural capital with plans to build the largest contemporary art gallery in Australia , as part of a new arts precinct in Southbank.

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The new contemporary art gallery will be built behind the NGV.© Provided by ABC News The new contemporary art gallery will be built behind the NGV.

Victoria is hoping to secure its place as the country's "cultural capital" with plans to build the largest contemporary art gallery in Australia.

The Victorian Government said the gallery would be built at the Carlton and United Breweries site, behind the Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), as part of a new arts precinct in Southbank.

The gallery will be known as NGV Contemporary, and will house contemporary art and design.

Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley said the Government would invest $208 million to kickstart the project.

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Related story: Melbourne 's Southbank to get green makeover. Victoria hopes to secure her place as the country's "cultural capital" with plans to build the largest contemporary art gallery in The gallery will be known as NGV Contemporary and will house contemporary art and design.

A rendering of the Melbourne Arts Precinct with the planned NGV Contemporary buildingCreative Victoria. With an estimated Abn dollars flowing into Australia ’s second largest city through cultural tourism each year, Melbourne has long-been described as the country’s cultural capital.

He said it would cement Victoria as a global leader in the arts world.

"The National Gallery of Victoria is one of the world's top 20 contemporary art museums and now we'll have an opportunity to have a dedicated contemporary art facility," he said.

The redevelopment, involving about 18,000 square metres of new and renewed public space, hopes to improve links between Southbank and the city's main arts centres.

It includes upgrades to theatres at the Arts Centre, an expanded Australian Music Vault, a new centre for small-to-medium arts organisations, bike tracks and more green space.

The Government said the project was expected to create 10,000 jobs during the construction phase, and 260 ongoing jobs.

The Arts Centre Melbourne and NGV together attract more than six million visitors every year — twice as many as the MCG.

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