Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

PTW Architects in association with Peddle Thorp Melbourne

The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery is located within the historic Camp St precinct and is Australia’s oldest provincial art institution. The gallery has a considerable collection of 19th and early 20th century art and also houses the original Eureka Flag. Since its establishment in 1888, the gallery has developed and expanded. PTW Architects was commissioned to design a contemporary addition to the building.

The addition provides 300m² of gallery space for contemporary art that incorporates daylight in the display, 300m² of flexible temporary exhibition space and a function area of 150m² that opens onto a forecourt. It mediates between the historic buildings yet, at the same time, gives a sculptural embodiment to display and appreciation of contemporary art. The iconic form of this wing heralds the presence of a renewed institution and anchors one end of the public space of the Camp St precinct.