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New Hamilton Gallery (NHG) Project

Page last updated: August 2020


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.

Current Status

Consultant, Denton Corker Marshall, and their sub-contractor, SBG Advisory have finalised the business case for the project at a site located at Lake Hamilton. A significant economic benefit from the new gallery has been identified.

Council resolved in 2020 to undertake an additional assessment of a CBD location for the project. Work is now being undertaken to progress this body of work.

Next Steps

The New Hamilton Gallery Project Reference Group, comprising of Councillors, CEO, Gallery stakeholders and community representatives, meet in June 2020 to discuss the project.

This group will oversee the initial phases of advocacy, communications and engagement with stakeholders as well as develop and assist fundraising, alongside the Hamilton Gallery Board, for the NHG.

Updates from this group will be key in communicating the key steps throughout the project and will provide a single voice for the project’s advocacy.

For further information, please contact Manager Cultural Arts, Amy Knight on (03) 5573 0460 or via email

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