The Shoalhaven property of legendary artist Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne Boyd has been transformed with a new $34 million art museum and Bridge for Creative Learning
Designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects, the 500 square metre subterranean Bundanon Art Museum will present a year-round program of exhibitions. It will showcase modern, contemporary, and First Nations art, as well as new commissions.
The museum includes a state-of-the-art storage facility that will house and protect Bundanon's extensive $46.5 million collection of around 4,000 items. The Collection features almost 1500 works by the late Arthur Boyd, along with contemporaries such as Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Joy Hester and Charles Blackman.
Bundanon was gifted to the Australian people by the Boyds and represents one of the most significant acts of philanthropy in the history of the arts in Australia.
Located on 1,000 hectares of bush and parkland overlooking the Shoalhaven River, on the NSW South Coast, the property now includes spacious accommodation and café and dining facilities.
The bridge is a 160-metre long by nine-metre-wide structure powered by solar panels that spans the existing gully in the sloping hillside. With its inspiration drawn from rural Australia's trestle flood bridges, it houses a world-class creative learning centre, accommodation for up to 64 guests and café and dining facilities with sweeping views over the Shoalhaven River.
Bundanon will deliver three exhibition seasons annually, with a dramatically expanded range of on-site events, including tailored learning and artistic residency programs.
The inaugural exhibition, From Impulse To Action, runs until June 12. Curator Sophie O'Brien has selected twelve new commissions by Australian contemporary artists, working in a diverse range of disciplines. The new work by a younger generation of artists explores the energetic, raw, and generous spirit of Boyd, through choreography, film, photography, performance, weaving, sound and clay from the Bundanon site.
The multi-million project has been supported by the NSW and Federal Government as well as philanthropic donations, and is expected to bring a new influx of visitors to the Shoalhaven region, located just two and a half hours from Sydney.
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