The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will get its first major revamp in its near 20-year history, including an overhaul of its interior and a renewal of its permanent exhibitions. The centre, at Federation Square, will shut its doors for about nine months from early next year while the works take place, and is due to reopen in late 2019.
The Andrews government has committed $31.6 million in the 2018-19 budget towards the transformation. The funding commitment follows $5 million ACMI received in the current budget.
It will go towards expanding the learning centre to double the number of student visits, a digital preservation lab for film and digital content and a new audience lab for the screen industry to test its ideas.
Katrina Sedgwick, ACMI’s chief executive, said the investment would enable ACMI to bring its permanent exhibition up to date, admitting the current one had been superseded by recent technological innovations.
According to ACMI's most recent annual report, 1.3 million people visited the centre last financial year.
Read more via The Age.
Image: Renee Stamatis Photography 2017