Queanbeyan Art Society’s riverside building receives $71,250 from State Government for upgrades

Riverside Gallery to be revitalised

Queanbeyan Art Society’s riverside building is set for further expansion with funding of $71,250 from the State Government.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro last week announced the funding for a major renovation to the art space. 

“Our local artists capture Queanbeyan in a way few others can,” Mr Barilaro said. “Providing local artists with a space where they can focus on their work is a great achievement.”

Monaro MP John Barilaro and QAS president Barry Cranston. Photo supplied

Monaro MP John Barilaro and QAS president Barry Cranston. Photo supplied

Mr Barilaro said the funding would be used to:

  • enclose the existing pergola and re-floor the area to transform it into a new gallery room,
  • enlarge the boundary fence and create a better public entrance,
  • construct a disabled access ramp into the gallery, and
  • build a new pergola.

“The arts community is growing,” Mr Barilaro said. The Queanbeyan Art Society has more than 350 members “who are all enthusiastic about supporting local artists, particularly up and comers,” he said.

“This project will see a major boost to the Gallery. [It] will cement it as a focal point of our city and tourist attraction as well as a place for local artists to enjoy.”

Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government had previously supported the Queanbeyan Art Society with $105,000 in funding to construct their art workroom extension.

“The Art Society has been hard at work managing the extension and they now have a beautiful facility for all to use,” he said.

“Soon, they will have even more space thanks to this further $71,250, bringing the NSW Government’s support of the society’s building works to $176,250.”

Queanbeyan Art Society president Barry Cranston said the Society was thrilled by the announcement. “Thank you very much … for this funding,” Mr Cranston said.

“Our gallery is a terrific space for local artists to develop their skills and showcase their art. However, the growing interest in local art means the need for more room. We cannot wait to see work start on our new gallery space.”