Shoalhaven, NSW: On Saturday 19 March The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Australian Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts and the Hon Ben Franklin MLC, NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Regional Youth will officially open Bundanon’s new world-class Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning. Jennifer Bott AO Chairman and Rachel Kent CEO will welcome the many guests, including local MPs and dignitaries, current and former Board members, in attendance.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said: “The new Museum and Bridge are a wonderful enhancement to Bundanon and an ornament to the legacy of Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. I’m pleased thousands of visitors have already experienced these new facilities, and confident they’ll be followed by hundreds of thousands more.”
The NSW Government is thrilled to have played its part in supporting the new Art Museum for Bundanon. Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said
“I am delighted that the Bundanon Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning is now complete.”
“This project is another great example of how the NSW Government, through the Regional Cultural Fund, is supporting communities across regional NSW to preserve, showcase and share their important collections, as well as providing a platform to promote cultural tourism and artistic engagement.”
Bundanon Chief Executive Officer, Rachel Kent said: “Responses from the public in our first weeks of opening have shown tremendous support for Bundanon and a keen engagement with the Art Museum, Bridge for Creative Learning and wider infrastructure. Our inaugural exhibition, extraordinary architecture and surrounding landscape make the new Bundanon a world-class cultural, educational and environmental site. Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s vision of sharing Bundanon has been realised and this next chapter will establish it as a major tourism destination for national and international audiences.”
The build has been supported by a $22.5 million investment from the Australian Government, $10.3 million from the NSW Government and philanthropic support. The $34 million project will drive visitation and cultural tourism to the Shoalhaven region. The Australian Government, in the last budget, announced additional uplift funding of $6 million over two years.
Bundanon opened the doors publicly to its new Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning on Saturday 29 January 2022. In the first opening weeks Bundanon welcomed over 3000 visitors through the new Art Museum. Over 100 have joined as members, becoming part of Bundanon’s community of supporters and friends.