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Rural galleries seek 'the Bendigo effect' as architects tackle 'threshold fear'


An interesting perspective on regional galleries from Ray Edgar.

The article by Ray Edgar which was published in The Age newspaper on March 17 2017, talks about the challenge to make our regional galleries more welcoming. The article was in response to the concept designs for the new SAM design competition.

MvS Architects were involved in establishing the feasibility of a new SAM, and then shortlisted to develop a concept design along with four other firms.

Jan is quoted in the article, saying that “there is a tendency for regional galleries to be perceived as community centres for rich people,”. “But that's starting to change.” Regional galleries are now recognised as potential community hubs, while local councils harbour ambitions to emulate “The Bendigo Effect”.

Read the full article on The Age website

Image: MvS Architects' proposal for SAM.