Mid-Western Regional Arts and Cultural Centre

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In February 2019, Council secured $2.3 million through the NSW Government Regional Cultural Fund for the construction and fit out of a regional art gallery at 90 Market Street, Mudgee. Council will match NSW Government grant funding for the development of the facility.

The Centre is expected to include gallery spaces for permanent and visiting collections, the tourism office, regional gift shop, art store, sculpture garden, café, and artist in residence space.

A Regional Gallery ranked in the top five most important projects to 52 per cent of residents surveyed in 2016/17.

Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Mid-Western Regional Council.


In February 2019, Council secured $2.3 million through the NSW Government Regional Cultural Fund for the construction and fit out of a regional art gallery at 90 Market Street, Mudgee. Council will match NSW Government grant funding for the development of the facility.

The Centre is expected to include gallery spaces for permanent and visiting collections, the tourism office, regional gift shop, art store, sculpture garden, café, and artist in residence space.

A Regional Gallery ranked in the top five most important projects to 52 per cent of residents surveyed in 2016/17.

Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Mid-Western Regional Council.


  • Site preparations commence

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    06 Aug 2020
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    Temporary fencing has been installed as part of initial site preparation works for the new arts and cultural centre at 90 Market Street, Mudgee.

    Council recently approved its 2020/21 Operational Plan which sets aside $6.6 million this financial year for the development of the facility.

  • Construction Tender Awarded

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    28 May 2020
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    The construction tender for the Mid-Western Regional Arts and Cultural Centre at 90 Market Street, Mudgee has been awarded to Hutchinson Builders.

    In our region, Hutchinson Builders have most recently completed the Mudgee Hospital Redevelopment project.

  • Construction Tender Assessment

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    28 May 2020

    The Construction Tender for the Mid-Western Regional Arts and Cultural Centre is currently being assessed and a report will be presented at the May 2020 Council meeting to endorse the assessment.



  • Development Application lodged

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    31 Oct 2019
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    A Development Application for the Mid-Western Regional Art Gallery and Cultural Centre has been lodged with Council.

    The application 'DA0102/2020' can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2q8s1Mq

    Submissions to the application can be lodged on Council's website here: https://bit.ly/2owIYjj


  • First concept design revealed

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    21 Oct 2019
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    Council has unveiled the first glimpse of concept designs for a regional gallery.

    Working with BKA Architecture and key stakeholders, a concept design was settled on that includes a one storey building sitting within the context of the existing heritage building at an approximate 45 degree angle.

    The new building sits back from the face of Market Street in order to be more sympathetic to the streetscape and the numerous heritage building facades along that thoroughfare. The design allows the existing building to be utilised for office and storage space on the lower ground, with the upper floor to accommodate seminar and workshop space (including a break-out room).

    The public areas throughout the existing building (including the lower level central corridor) will be available for less formal displays of art. The upper floor of the building will be accessible via the existing staircase or by a lift to be installed within one of the existing office spaces so as not to intrude on the external aesthetics of the heritage building.

    The new building will be climate controlled and have appropriate security in order to meet stringent conditions of major art lending institutions, making the hosting of touring exhibitions, such as the Archibalds, a realistic possibility.

    As well as an adjustable gallery space, the building will include spaces for a tourism hub (including region-specific and gallery-related retail space), a café, staff and public amenities, art storage areas and loading dock, a black box theatre/smaller gallery space and a general reception area, accessible via entrances on Market and Douro Streets.

    A deck or terrace will lead out of the south western end of the gallery to an outdoor sculpture area.

    A Development Application for the new gallery will be on public exhibition shortly when residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback.


  • Gallery tender awarded to BKA Architecture

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    11 Jul 2019
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    Council is pleased to announce that BKA Architecture was the successful tenderer for the detailed design of the Mid-Western Regional Arts and Cultural Centre.

    With offices in Sydney, Newcastle and Byron Bay, BKA Architecture is an established studio with a reputation for creating outstanding architecture. BKA has a team of around 25 design professionals with experience across all types and scales of architecture. BKA’s public architecture projects are inspirational; they are passionate about sustainable design and their works are tailored to the specific needs of the communities they are working within.

    BKA will be meeting with Council shortly to commence the design process. If you have any questions about the project please post in the Q&A tab.

  • State Government gifts ownership of building

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    05 Apr 2019
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    The former Cudgegong Shire Building will be the future location for a dedicated Art and Cultural Centre following a transfer of ownership from the NSW Government to Council.

    Council is currently preparing a submission to the Regional Cultural Fund to support a refurbishment of the building, and extension for a gallery space capable of hosting travelling exhibitions with workshop areas to accommodate professional development and education programs.

    A Regional Gallery ranked in the top five most important projects to 52 per cent of people surveyed during 2016/17 Community Engagement. Council will be seeking community feedback as part of the initial design phase.