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Kerstin Thompson Architects’ Riversdale expansion earns $22 million windfall

The Bundanon Trust has received a $22 million grant from the federal government, which forms the final contribution required to realize a $30.6 million project to expand Arthur Boyd’s Riversdale site in the NSW Shoalhaven region.

Riversdale is one of four sites on an 1100-hectare property gifted to the Australian people by the late artist Arthur Boyd and his wife Yvonne in 1993. The property was placed on the Commonwealth Heritage register in 2016.

The project, designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects, will include a new contemporary gallery space submerged into a hill in the landscape, a learning centre, visitor hub, cafe and an accommodation facility.

A 140-metre bridge-like structure, inspired by trestle flood bridges, will straddle an existing gully between two hills.

Read more about the design here.

The subterranean gallery will provide additional space to allow the Bundanon Trust to display its $43 million art collection, which includes works by Sidney Nolan, John Perceval, Joy Hester and Charles Blackman.

“The Trust will at last be able to showcase its unique collection, on the site where much of it was created. The Riversdale property can now be opened up to the public throughout the week enabling national and international visitors to the region to experience outstanding Australian art and architecture in a pristine bush setting,” said Deborah Ely, CEO of the Bundanon Trust.

The funding follows a state government contribution of $8.592 million from the NSW Regional Cultural Fund in July 2018.

Federal arts minister Mitch Fifield said, “This funding will see Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s vision of a unique cultural asset for the nation further developed through the creation of a dedicated gallery showcasing and safeguarding the priceless Bundanon collection.”

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