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Hamilton Art Gallery Scoping Study


The goals of the project are to undertake the appropriate level of planning required to determine the scale, location and format for Hamilton Gallery as it enters its next 50 years. This will ensure the facility remains competitive as a regional gallery in order to continue to attract operational funding and tourism within a landscape of rapidly upgrading gallery and museum facilities across the State.


Hamilton Gallery has lost its stature as a major destination. It's facility is falling behind counterparts, which will become increasingly problematic as State Government operational funding becomes more competitive.

The current building has reached capacity in its collection storage and requires new, dedicated storage areas to meet contemporary collection management standards.

The age of the building means significant maintenance costs are experienced. One of the most critical limitations of the present building is its inadequate climate control (temperature and climate at international museum standards). This presents a major obstacle to the Gallery’s programming as the Gallery can no longer meet the climate control requisites that satisfy contractual requirements for first class loans.

The project must ensure the latest developments in technology and museum design are incorporated to ensure a building that advances well into the future.


Councillor Workshop –April 2019
Draft Business Case – April 2019
Council Meeting –June 2019

Current Status

Southern Grampians Shire Council engineering staff are performing soil testing of selected site area at Lake Hamilton to ensure ground is suitable for future construction work. Consultant, Denton Corker Marshall, and their sub-contractor, Barry Sweeney, is presently developing the business case for delivery. A preferred site, Lake Hamilton, was decided by SGSC by vote of the Councilors at their meeting in December 2018.

For further information, please contact Director Planning and Development, Andrew Goodsell on (03) 5573 0246 or via email

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