Plans are afoot…and we need your support and opinion
We are working toward making the Gallery both financially sustainable and giving Coffs Harbour a visually significant and important cultural attraction. And a lot better than the diagram!
Our expansion plan for the future: to build a second-storey above the existing bunker in the style of a Nissen-hut, in keeping with the Gallery’s second world war history.
This will effectively double the Gallery’s exhibition space as well as being able to have a cafe, a North-facing terrace, a small theatre, and a space for workshops or for hire for community events. As a venue, we have hosted film nights, musicians, trivia nights, morning and afternoon teas, lunches, service group meetings, conference groups, and more. The expansion will allow this to continue with improved facilities, greater capacity, and more efficiency.
In this new space will be a permanent exhibition featuring Australian history since Federation, as seen by the media of the time and mirrored through the eyes of Australia’s cartoonists across the decades. Working with historians, researchers, curators, exhibition designers, video producers, and others, this will not only be an exciting, high-tech, multi-media, and interactive display, it will also be a fun way to show locals, visitors, and students of all ages a timeline of important events in Australia’s history.
It’s planned for scaled-down versions of this exhibition be toured through Federal and State Parliaments as well as art galleries and other interested parties throughout Australia. This will help to generate additional revenue for the Gallery and to promote The Coffs Coast region.
To gauge community support and opinion, we have created a (very!) brief survey
When you complete the survey, we will better understand the broader community’s view as well as providing the Coffs Harbour City Council (CHCC) with evidence of this.
We’ve put forward a Business Case for the Gallery extension to the CHCC and the CHCC General Manager’s report will go to Council on 9 August. Building funding will be sought through State and Federal Government grants, not the CHCC.
Plans are also on display at the Bunker so please call in to view them. We’re open 10 am to 4 pm daily (except Christmas Day & Good Friday).
Please take our survey below, it will only take a minute…