MEDIA ALERT – 3 September 2010

 The National Gallery of Australia yesterday confirmed that its “New Look” Stage One Building Project will open to the public on Friday, 1 October 2010. The redevelopment is the biggest transformation of the Gallery since its opening in 1982.

The new wing will be officially opened by the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC on the evening of Thursday 30 September 2010.

The new building includes 11 new Indigenous art galleries showcasing works from the largest collection of Australian Indigenous art in the world. For the first time in one place, visitors will experience the great diversity, richness and complexity of Australian Indigenous art, which is as alive today as it was thousands of years ago. The Gallery’s collection spans generations and is representative of the arts of Indigenous groups from all over Australia.

Another new addition is Gandel Hall, a purpose-built function space for art events, openings and corporate functions, which opens up onto the new beautifully designed Australian Gardens. American artist James Turrell has created a monumental ‘Skyspace’ sculpture in the new gardens, in the shape of a magnificent dome through which viewers can view the ever-changing light patterns of the sky. The “New Look” National Gallery of Australia also includes a new shop and sidewalk cafe.

A whole program of exhibitions and special events will celebrate the opening season at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Tickets prices vary for each exhibition. For more information visit www.nga.gov.au For accommodation packages go to www.visitcanberra.com.au or contact the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on 1300 554 114.

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