There is a treasure trove of work stored in the vaults of the Newcastle Art Gallery and it will be a fantastic day when all of those artworks come out into the light. The expanded Gallery will be a gift to the nation we can all share.  John Morris, Artist

The transformed Gallery will be a place for all

The expansion will see a 250% increase in exhibition space, enabling more of the City’s nationally significant collection to be seen, and will attract new ambitious exhibitions.

A state-of-the-art multi-purpose education space will host a range of hands-on opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Art lovers across generations can experiment and engage with exhibitions in new ways.

New facilities will meet diverse visitor needs. A cafe, terrace and specialty shop will make the Gallery an accessible, thriving hub of activity for locals and visitors alike.

We look forward to sharing the transformed Gallery spaces with you in 2024.


Would you like to be involved? 

You can be part of transforming Newcastle’s greatest cultural asset to create a national icon for art. With your donation, Newcastle Art Gallery will become a thriving hub for artists and audiences alike creating positive impacts and an enduring legacy for Newcastle and the Hunter.

The Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation has pledged to become a major donor to the expansion building. This pledge includes existing donations held in Trust from the original Newcastle Art Gallery Redevelopment Building Fund donors.

View more information about making a donation or contact us for a confidential conversation.

Robyn STACEY Bombe ( Cape Bulbs ) 2009. Image courtesy of the artist., Type C print on paper, 118.2 x 148.8cm

Brett WHITELEY Summer at Carcoar 1977. Oil and mixed media on pineboard, 244.0 x 198.7 cm. Gift of Dr William Bowmore AO, OBE through the Newcastle Region Art Gallery Foundation 1977. Newcastle Art Gallery collection. Courtesy Wendy Whiteley

The Architects, Designers and Engineers

The Newcastle Art Gallery expansion has been designed by award-winning architects Clare Design in collaboration with Smith and Tzannes Architects and Arup Engineers.

Clare Design has been producing architectural projects for more than 40 years including a diverse range of houses and major urban and public buildings consistently acknowledged for their rare combination of design excellence and high-level environmental performance. Past projects include Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), Docklands Library (Melbourne), Rockhampton Museum of Art and other significant public buildings.

Smith and Tzannes is an award-winning architecture and urban planning practice with experience in a wide range of project types and scales. Their work includes single and multi-dwelling developments, civic and community places, urban design and strategic planning.

Arup is a global firm which has played a role in the development and design of some of the world’s favourite cultural buildings including the Sydney Opera House, the Centre Pompidou and the San Francisco MOMA. Arup has provided multidisciplinary engineering services for the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Sydney Modern Project, HOTA Gallery at Queensland’s Gold Coast and Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria.

Robyn STACEY Bombe ( Cape Bulbs ) 2009. Image courtesy of the artist., Type C print on paper, 118.2 x 148.8cm

View from South East (Corner of Darby & Queen Streets). Image produced by David Duloy, Architectural Illustration

Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation