Art Gallery NSW's Upgrade To Include Underground Art Space Inside WWII Oil Tank

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By: Alex Harmon, ellaslist
Nov 21, 2018

The Art Gallery of New South Wales’ $344 million expansion - known as the Sydney Modern Project - will double the gallery's space and include expansive outdoor spaces to enjoy.

There will be a public Art Garden, new educational spaces for kids, a prominent destination showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture, and (we think this is pretty cool) an underground art space repurposed from a decommissioned WWII naval oil tank. 

Construction is expected to commence in early 2019 for completion in 2021, in time for the Gallery's 150th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the Archibald Prize.

There will also be a new direct link to Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens so you can do two cultural attractions in one day. 

NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin said the expanded gallery was expected to inject more than $1 billion into the NSW economy over 25 years.

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