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On my visit to Rockhampton, I found it to be a highly sophisticated city that treasures its past but looks to its future.
Part of its futureproofing is the opening of the Rockhampton Museum of Art on the 25th of February 2022. Rockhampton Regional Council has amassed a huge art collection over the years too vast to be displayed at the former Rockhampton Art Gallery.
Hence the magnificent new gallery - a three-storey architectural marvel in the heart of town built at the cost of $36 million. The complex includes a restaurant and deck overlooking the Fitzroy River and Mount Archer. The new gallery is six times larger than its predecessor.
This is the largest gallery in regional Queensland, holding one of the finest art collections in regional Australia. See art by artists such as Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Russell Drysdale, John Coburn and Charles Blackman.
The gallery also has works by contemporary artists including Michael Zavros, Del Kathryn Barton, Richard Bell, Sally Gabori (Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda) and Ben Quilty.
The opening exhibition 'The Welcome Home Exhibition' will celebrate the rich and vibrant collection that has defined Rockhampton's cultural scene for the past 45 years.
The building makes a statement in its surroundings of stunning heritage buildings, A key to integrating this modern building was to incorporate sandstone that connects it with the neighbouring Customs House.