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  • $20M grant from the Ian Potter Foundation.
  • National Gallery of Victoria's NGV Contemporary building to receive funding.
  • The building is part of the Victorian government's $1.46B Southbank redevelopment.
  • Design competition launched last November.
  • Competition limited exclusively to Australian designers.

The Victorian government announced in November last year that it would commit $1.46B to the arts in Melbourne.

Along what has been called the Southbank spine, the redevelopment of the Southbank art precinct was previously in a state of flux, Architecture AU reporting the project was mooted at one stage.

Alongside the large state government commitment to the arts, the NGV Contemporary project has been restricted to Australian designers only, the Australian Institute of Architects telling Architecture AU, “Having Australia’s largest contemporary gallery designed by Australians is a tremendous outcome.”

NGV Contemporary then received another boost by the Ian Potter Foundation.

The National Gallery of Victoria stated the $20M grant is, “the single biggest grant in the foundation’s history.”

Not only a boon for the NGV, Ian Potter Foundation Chairman, Charles Goode, AC, said:

“NGV Contemporary will have a transformative impact on our city. Projects like this ensure that Melbourne will always be a place of vibrancy and a source of cultural pride for our community.”

The design competitions registration for interest is still open and closes at 2 pm AEDT on Thursday 4 March 2021.

For more information, please see the NGV website.

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