Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
Shepparton Art Museum

Shepparton Art Museum
Greater Shepparton City Council & Regional Development Victoria
Shepparton, Victoria
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Simon McArthur & Associates
Maudie Palmer A0

A feasibility study and business case for a new Shepparton Art Museum for, and about the unique community of the region and focussing on the production of contemporary Australian Art.

The Shepparton Art Museum received a bequest of a significant collection of indigenous art on the condition that the shire build a new stand-alone facility for the region. Simon McArthur, Maudie Palmer AO, and MvS Architects jointly won the commission to prepare a concept design, consult extensively with a diverse range of key stakeholders, conduct benchmarking and background research, prepare an options report and ultimately produce a business case outlining development and operating costs.

We proposed a design favouring a small building footprint to create a tall freestanding museum - a unique type in regional Victoria. The spaces are centred around a central circulation atrium which lead to an entire open level half way up, which affords shelter from the sun and views over Shepparton’s scenic lake.

The feasibility report has now been adopted by the Greater Shepparton City Council which has subsequently lead to the project receiving $10M in funding from local government, $10M from the Victorian State Government and over $1M from local philanthropists. Funding applications to the Australian Federal Government for the balance of the funds required to complete the project are currently being prepared.