Gallery Restoration Update
Published on 28 March 2023
As a Gallery team we are working diligently behind the scenes to assess the damage and restore our gallery back to its original condition after the storm on February 3.
Like many other homes and businesses in our local community, the Glasshouse Regional Gallery experienced significant damage during this extreme weather event.
While the building itself did not fail, hail and debris blocked our down pipes and drainage system, redirecting water into two of our offices and both levels of the gallery. Fortunately, the damage to artworks was minimal thanks to the hard work of our incredible staff and the building's engineering.
The Gallery exhibition space will remain closed until the damage has been corrected.
The space has been drying out since 3 February, whilst we have been working with the insurance company, structural engineer and specialist contractors to formulate a plan to restore the space.
The Gallery is constructed to museum industry standards, including walls which can hang up to 250kg (per square metre) and a timber floor which can support up to 500kg (per square metre) in a climate-controlled environment. This high construction specification enables the Gallery to attract exhibitions from national cultural institutions like The Australian War Memorial and National Gallery. We need to ensure that these repair works restore the Gallery to its original standard.
The good news is that the project plan has been approved by all parties and works will commence on Thursday 30 March, and are due to finish at the end of June.
Unfortunately, the scheduled exhibition, Origin: The place where something begins - Sydney Printmakers, will not be displayed in our future programming.
Awakening by Elva Henderson, The Nature of Us by Dianne and Kim Greenwood and House and Home by Sue Bell, as these are featuring local artists, we hope to find a new time to display the work within our future programming.
While this has been a difficult time for our Gallery staff, we look forward to the future and the restoration of our gallery space. In the interim, the Gallery team are working on delivering some creative workshops in April.
Thank you for your patience and support during this difficult time,
The Glasshouse team