New home for working artists at Queanbeyan Art Society's River Gallery

Member for Monaro John Barilaro has launched the upgrade of the Queanbeyan Art Society’s new art workroom extension. Construction has begun on the workroom extension as a result of over $105,000 in funding provided to Queanbeyan Art Society.

“The Queanbeyan Art Society approached me when they first started their research and development for an extension of their beautiful heritage building,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Since then, the society has been granted $90,000 in funding from the government to make this plan a reality.

“The society plays a large part in our community and I know that many people admire their 1880 heritage property that sits on the banks of the Queanbeyan River.

“It is great to be working with the Queanbeyan Art Society on this worthy project, and to be providing this significant amount of money to a deserving local cultural group.

“The NSW government is committed to supporting talented local artists and it is clear that this development will encourage the community to engage in and promote local art.” Mr Barilaro said.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall joined Mr Barilaro and the Society at the launch of the upgrades.

“On top of the significant NSW government funding, the former Queanbeyan City Council provided Queanbeyan Art Society with a $15,000 Special Heritage Grant to support this new building,” Mr Overall said.

“Art is a growing interest in the region and I look forward to this building contributing to the fostering of local artistic talent.”

Queanbeyan Art Society President Barry Cranston was thankful for the significant funding and excited for the construction of the workroom extension.

“We are lucky to be housed in a beautiful heritage building, but of course the building’s age and location have provided us with a few planning issues,” Mr Cranston said.

“John Barilaro and the NSW government have helped us overcome these issues and provided funding so we could satisfy the various flood legislation and heritage property rules.

“Our increasing membership numbers and a monthly exhibition schedule have meant we needed a new art workroom space for members.

“This extension will allow us to leave the current workroom as a hanging space to showcase local art,” Mr Cranston said.