In another milestone for the Territory Labor Government’s Arts Trail Regional Gallery Extension Program, a design consultancy tender worth $367,530 has been awarded to NT company, Troppo Architects to plan upgrades to the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Art and Culture Centre (GYRACC) in Katherine.
The design is expected to be completed by October this year.
The project is part of the $30 million Arts Trail Gallery Extension Program, providing upgrades to several community owned arts and cultural centres across Katherine, Tennant Creek and Arnhem Land towards maximising the Northern Territory as a global tourism destination for Aboriginal arts and culture.
The upgrade will improve visitor engagement, operational efficiency and functionality, and support GYRACC to develop and promote new arts and cultural experiences for locals and visitors.
The design will include:
· a multifunctional outdoor space to cater for large outdoor events and performances such as music concerts and cultural events;
· improved retail and office facilities;
· a new auditorium/multipurpose space to improve backstage facilities, dressing rooms and amenities for performers, and upgraded kitchen facilities;
· upgrading the gallery; and
· a landmark entry statement and improved directional and building signage.
Troppo Architects will work in consultation with local stakeholders, including the GYRACC Board and staff.
Construction is scheduled to begin early next year for completion by September 2022.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chansey Paech:
“This investment is part of the Territory Labor Government’s plan to improve the arts, culture and creative industries in the NT and to boost economic growth in regional areas through job creation and increased tourism.
“Godinymayin and Yijard River Art and Culture Centre showcases art and cultural works from the Katherine region; curates art exhibitions; and promotes performing arts including music, dance, cabaret, comedy and drama.
“The design consultancy award is a significant step towards progressing our Government’s Arts Trail Regional Gallery Extension program and will provide effective design and building solutions to increase the viability of the centre and achieve its vision as a meeting place for industry and the community to gather and celebrate art and culture.”