THE Tasmanian Government is creating opportunity in these very challenging times by undertaking major and fast-tracked maintenance works at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) during its closure.
With its doors closed to the public due to the impact of COVID-19, work will start on a $3 million maintenance overhaul at the much-loved Tasmanian institution.
Director of TMAG Janet Carding said the organisation was delighted to receive the additional funding.
“We are extremely grateful to the Tasmanian Government for facilitating these important maintenance works to heritage buildings across our multiple sites – now is an ideal time to get on with these projects,” she said.
“We are rapidly rolling out this funding, with works already commenced to fix aging roofs and gutters at Narrryna, the historic property in Battery Point managed by TMAG.
“We are continuing to put works’ packages together for other improvements, including stabilising the stonework of the iconic Custom House building and protecting the brickwork of the Bond Store at the city site.
“Enhancements to the environmental conditions of the public galleries and further work to address water leaks and storm damage will also take place.”
In addition to these maintenance projects, work will begin later this year on the planned new $1 million permanent Children’s Exhibition.
Minister for Arts Elise Archer said the maintanence projects at TMAG would provide work for Tasmania’s building and construction sector, which is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will continue to work with industry in ways that will assist and provide medium to longer term certainty of upcoming public sector projects while putting in place measures to stimulate private investment – strong recovery is at the forefront of our minds,” she said.
The TMAG property portfolio includes some of the most significant heritage buildings in the State which are visited by more than 450,000 Tasmanians, interstate and international visitors every year.
“Maintenance projects at TMAG will include important heritage works for public safety and preservation, improvements to the public galleries so that more of the most delicate objects in the state collection can be displayed, and works to address water leaks and storm damage,” Ms Archer said.
While the site is closed, the dedicated TMAG team is continuing to share its exhibitions with the public by streaming virtual gallery tours and posting regular updates on social media.
For more information, visit www.tmag.tas.gov.au/.
Caption: Minister for the Arts and Building and Construction Elise Archer at TMAG.