A public art gallery is an important cultural and social focus for any community. Its prominence and potential deserve to be represented by a building and functionality of the highest quality. To present dynamic programs, display and conserve collections, accommodate audiences and serve artists, it’s branded identity should represent community pride and civic distinction. It also needs to be professionally run and operate to acknowledged standards.
This resource includes a checklist of things that should be considered when planning a new gallery, including creating a development strategy; site and design considerations; gallery functions; security; fire preventions; environmental control and lighting; power, data supply and wifi; storage of artwork; artwork care and conservation; administration, curatorial and research; education and membership; theatrette; gallery friends/society and volunteers; entry, cloakroom and amenities; loading dock and general store; public address and audio systems; operational expenditure items and income opportunities; income; private support; and government support.
The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.