Collie’s long-awaited gallery now out for tender

    Collie is set to have a major cultural injection with the Shire of Collie’s announcement of a statewide call for tenders to build a new, fit-for-puporse art gallery in the town centre.

    The Collie Art Gallery is being built as part of the Shire of Collie’s SuperTowns program and has been made possible with the commitment of $500,000 from the Collie & Districts Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank.

    The Collie Gallery Group Inc. was formed to lobby for the construction of the gallery and will manage its operation. The design includes 150 square metres of gallery space, a 50-square-metre studio and adequate storage and working space, which will allow it to host exhibitions of national and international significance. Its impressive entry leads directly into reception and retail space.

    The Collie Art Gallery will be a cultural centre that provides opportunities the Collie community and visitors to enjoy, participate in and learn from the arts.

    This will be achieved by providing greater balance and diversity in the provision of creative and cultural activities for regional and community members by increasing access to, interest and participation in the arts.

    The gallery will provide a high quality visitor attraction of a national standard, drawing new people to the region and showcasing a broad range of talent and achievement.

    It will create an environment that enables the development of innovative and talented individuals and groups through a range of programs and events.