Ararat Regional Art Gallery was established in 1968 and since that time has established a unique place in Australia’s visual arts world for its commitment to presenting and collecting textile and fibre art.
The gallery holds arguably the most comprehensive textile and fibre-based art collection of in Australia, representing work from the early 1970s through to today. The gallery’s dedication to celebrating excellence, innovation and diversity in contemporary textile and fibre art practice has made it a beacon for lovers of textiles from around the world.
Ararat Regional Art Gallery has closed its doors ahead of an historic redevelopment.
Ararat Rural City Council is committed to securing a vastly improved long term outcome for its premier civic building and its cultural services and has directed $1.49m towards this redevelopment project.
This $7.735 million project is funded by all tiers of government. The Victorian Government has committed $5.2m to support the project, and the Australian Government has committed $945,000 through the National Stronger Regions program.
A community campaign will raise $100,000 through donations and fundraising.
Gallery staff will be based in temporary accommodation to make way for construction, with building works planned for completion in the second quarter of 2018.
The gallery is scheduled to reopen in June 2018. Until then, the gallery will offer workshops and an outreach program across Ararat and its township.
For program information, keep in touch by following the gallery on Facebook