Gallery, Admin Centre reopening

Published on 29 June 2020

Two people walking along the footpath in front of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and Council's Administrative Centre are the latest Council facilities reopening under modified conditions due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

 Council's Administrative Centre opened today and will operate 10am-3pm on weekdays, however the facility will remain cashless and payment will be accepted by card only.

 Users are asked to enter through the Sulphide Street entrance and exit via Blende Street, and follow all directions and signage related to COVID-19.

 Meanwhile the Gallery will reopen tomorrow, and operate between 10am-3pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

 In line with Government regulations, users will be required to book a ticket to access the gallery, with a maximum of 10 tickets available per hour and visits limited to 45 minutes.

 Tickets can be booked by phoning 08 8080 3444.

 Council's Gallery and Museum Manager, Tara Callaghan, said she and her staff were relieved to be operating again.

 "Like all of Council's cultural services we're extremely proud of the work we do, so it's great to be open again even if our capacity is a little reduced," she said.

 "We have a renowned art collection and it was a little frustrating knowing that there were tourists in town who weren't getting a chance to see it.

 "But we've worked hard to tick all the boxes and meet all the criteria for reopening, and we can't wait to once again display the city's amazing artworks."

 In the absence of travelling exhibitions, gallery staff have curated a range of exhibitions from the gallery's permanent collection that will be showcased on the ground floor area.

 In other art news, the Pro Hart Outback Art Prize once again attracted record entries, with 474 artworks received.

 That pool has since been trimmed to 23 finalists, and Council hopes to finalise details for the final judging event, which will be held on Friday 4th September 2020.

 "We'd love to be able to have our usual gala event at the gallery for judging, but we just have to wait and see how things progress regarding COVID-19 and its associated restrictions," said Tara.

 "As soon as things are set in stone we'll be sure to provide all our members and the public with details."