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Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

Overview

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery (HBRG) is a public gallery funded and operated by Fraser Coast Regional Council as a community cultural development service. HBRG is located on Butchulla country in the heart of Hervey Bay’s civic precinct. As well as supporting the professional development of artists, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery is committed to promoting significant aspects of the region, encouraging community participation in Gallery activities, fostering curatorial practice, and encouraging a healthy and sustainable local arts industry.

The Gallery is currently closed for essential building remediation and renewal works to ensure that this much-loved cultural asset will be available for our community and visitors to enjoy well into the future.

Community Survey: Draft Strategic Plan

Over the past year Hervey Bay Regional Gallery (HBRG) has undertaken stakeholder consultation to inform a new draft Strategic Plan. Valuable feedback and insights gained from the HBRG Consultative Group and Indigenous Community Representatives Group, along with workshops, diagnostic sessions and focus group discussions were used in its formulation. We now want to hear from the wider community - please click on the link below to view the draft Strategy and complete the survey.

Register Your Interest - Fraser Coast National Art Prize

The inaugural acquisitive art prize will be open to emerging and established Australian artists working in any medium. The inaugural exhibition is planned for 2022. Release of key dates and entry details are forthcoming. To find out more and register for updates, please click the link below.

Building Works Update

In late February 2020, the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre, which encompassed the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery and Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere, was closed to the public due to a complex combination of building failures involving the roofing system, the air-conditioning and climate control system.

As a result, the building experienced water ingress and serious mould contamination. The building has since undergone a complete remediation clean with contaminated objects, furniture and building materials removed.

After initial investigations were untaken it was evident that a series of specialist reports were necessary to develop a full understanding of the issues and the scope of works required to resolve and restore optimal system operations.

Reports from mechanical engineers and building services specialists in relation to recommendations for climate control expansion and system improvements have been received and noted.

Concurrently, a number of building modifications are required to alleviate pressure on the HVAC system.

This level of detailed attention to internal environment conditions is of critical importance to ensure the operational status of the building as a gallery meeting best practice national standards. This sign off is required for proper conservation, insurance purposes and the hosting of touring exhibitions.

The building works will include:

  • An upgraded climate control system
  • Modifications to alleviate pressure on the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system including: improved building entry. A much needed additional public entry point will be created at the car park end of the Gallery allowing easier access. Both entry points will be converted to airlock systems to support the efficiency of the HVAC system.
  • The establishment of a national standards collections storage area
  • Upgraded loading and delivery services and exhibition preparation areas.
  • The creation of two upgraded gallery spaces replacing the decommissioned Discovery Sphere and the previously designated theatrette area.
  • Planning for improved amenities at the site including a potential coffee shop and improved retail area.

We appreciate the patience of the local community and visitors to this area while this project is underway.

Please view the FAQ section for answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding the building works.

Thank you for your support.

Proudly funded by Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council