Moruya Library, Arts and Cultural Centre
Project: Expand the existing Moruya Library to deliver a Library, Arts and Cultural Centre
Start: Financial Year 2016-17
Expected completion: Expected completion February 2019.
Funding secured: $2 million
Eurobodalla Shire Council is expanding the Moruya Library and constructing a professional standard exhibition space, the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre.
The extension will mean a larger library and public meeting spaces for learning and business activities.The new spaces will feature video conferencing facilities, sound-rated movable walls for flexible use of the floor space, temperature control to meet professional standards for exhibitions, kitchen facilities, improved areas for staff and additional parking.
The project will be implemented in several stages, with stage one now nearing completion and expected to finish up in early February 2019. With the support of additional funding provided by the NSW State Government, stage two will commence shortly after the official opening. Stage two will incorporate additional meeting and making spaces, as well as storage space for the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre.
The new Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, otherwise known as 'the Bas', will feature a 100 square metre exhibition space and will be a major platform for local artists and touring shows. The official opening of the Bas will take place on the evening of Friday 22 February, to be held in conjunction with the announcement of the winner of the 2019 Basil Sellers Art Prize.
For further details on the Bas, upcoming exhibitions and events please visit:
- Two additional meeting rooms and storage space for the Bas are being added to the facility and are on track to be completed by the end of the month. The new rooms will provide the opportunity for the community to access spaces to meet and make. One of the rooms will be fitted with sinks and wash spaces to enable art and craft activities. The other room will be fitted with a large television screen with internet connection. Both rooms are flexible to be opened up to enable one large room for activities that require more space.
- The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre officially opened on 22 February 2019 with over 600 people in attendance. The event coincided with the Bas hosting its first exhibition, showcasing the entries of finalists in the 2019 Basil Sellers Art Prize. The Bas has now hosted three exhibitions and just over 4000 visitors have passed through the entry doors since the opening. The last phase of the project has now commenced where a new storage room and two new community meeting spaces / workshop rooms will be added to the building by the end of June 2019.
- The Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre was formally opened at a celebration on Friday 22 February 2019. The exhibition of the Basil Sellers Art Prize startedthe following day and continued until 17 March 2019.
- The library was closed for an extra month to support requests for construction issues. Thanks to our library patrons for being patient during this noisy and warm time of the year. The library staff work room, due to be completed by 11 January, and works for the Bas and library are expected to be completed by 6 February.
- Moruya Library was closed for one month from Thursday 1 November 2018 as renovations took place. The Moruya Library was scheduled to reopen Monday 3 December 2018.
- Construction was well underway, with the base slab being poured earlier in the month. Work began on the next stage of construction, which involved the installation of the Bas frames and the library extension.
- Cumnock Constructions established the site to begin construction. Fencing was erected and excavation began shortly after.
- Council engaged Cumnock Constructions Sustainability to construct the Moruya Library, Arts and Cultural Centre.
- Council received a donation from Basil Sellers AM as a contribution to the construction and fit out of the gallery space. Basil Sellers has a passionate commitment to the perpetual growth of the community’s perception and understanding of, and engagement in, art. The exhibition centre will be named after Basil Sellers AM for his significant contribution to the arts in Eurobodalla.
- Council sought Requests for Tenders for this project.
- Planning was underway regarding the renovations to the inside layout of the library.
- Munns Sly Moore Architects were engaged to develop plans for the library building extension and interesting surrounding outdoor spaces.
- Moruya Library is set to become the Moruya Library, Arts and Cultural Centre thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Australian Government. The funding complements a $200,000 library development grant already received from the NSW Government for the project.
The footprint of the new extension and building
The images below are architect impressions of what the new Library, Arts and Cultural Centre may look like (click for larger images).
For more information about the Moruya Library expansion, please contact Carl Ginger, Project Engineer:
- T: 02 4474 7321
- E: Carl Ginger