The Boyd Education Centre is located at the Bundanon Trust’s Riversdale property. The building has been independently recognised for architectural excellence. Built at a cost of more than $2 million, the building was conceived to carry out Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s vision of a place for children to become immersed in art. It comprises a forecourt and open plan hall area, a commercial kitchen and residential accommodation for 32, magnificently sited with spectacular views of the Shoalhaven River.
The education centre was opened in February 1999 and since that time it has played host to around 1200 children a year and is designed to be very much in the context of the Boyd’s art and the Boyd’s experience at the Riversdale property. The Education Centre also provides a space for important residencies and workshops for artists and performers.
It won the 1999 RAIA Sir Zelman Cowan Award for Public Buildings with the jury stating that it was, “A major work, exhibiting the masterly simplicity and resolution that characterises Murcutt’s best buildings.”
In 2008 the building was voted the most influential building in Australia in the last 25 years by Architecture Review Magazine.
The building also hosts the annual Glenn Murcutt Masterclass, now in its 10th year. Every year 32 architects from around the globe spend a week in residence at Riversdale, being mentored by Glenn Murcutt and Australia's finest architects, Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury, Brit Anderson and Lindsay Johnston.
The Boyd Education Centre is not normally open to the public, however since August 2008, periodical tours of the site and building have been available.
Please contact Education Manager Mary Preece for further information (02) 4422 2100.