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Community consultation and development application

Community consultation

Consultation continues to be an important part of the expansion and transformation of the Art Gallery of New South Wales into one of the world’s great art museums. Since May 2015, the Gallery together with SANAA has been evolving the design for the new building through consultation and engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, including the Gallery community, Project partners including the Royal Botanic Gardens and Roads and Maritime Services, neighbours, Indigenous communities, regional partners, art and community groups, and visitors to the Gallery.

We would like to continue to hear your views on the project, both in the lead-up to the submission of a State Significant Development Application later this year and into the future.

How to provide your feedback

Consultation events

Building on past consultation, there will be a range of opportunities across Sydney and regional NSW to learn more about the Sydney Modern Project, ask questions and provide feedback.

The following community information and feedback sessions are open to all members of the public. These are free events with no booking required, where you can drop by and speak to members of the team.

  • Friday 6 October 2017, Chatswood, Sydney
  • Tuesday 10 October 2017, Blacktown, Sydney
  • Friday 13 October 2017, Orange, NSW
  • Saturday 14 October 2017, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
  • Monday 16 October 2017, Fairfield, Sydney
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017, Martin Place, Sydney
  • Thursday 19 October 2017, Newcastle, NSW
  • Friday 20 October 2017, Wollongong, NSW
  • Monday 23 October 2017, Broken Hill, NSW

Consultation survey

The Gallery is also undertaking an online survey, which is open to anyone who is unable to attend a community information and feedback session, or would like to provide further feedback.

The Gallery would like to hear your thoughts on:

1. The expansion of the Gallery will achieve a number of outcomes including more space for the display and enjoyment of art, state-of-the-art spaces to host more international exhibitions from around the world, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture being front and centre in the new building, new facilities and opportunities for learning and participation, improved public and universal access across the site, and adaptive re-use of disused WWII oil tanks previously inaccessible to the public. Are there any other outcomes that the project should strive to achieve?

2. Are there any other spaces, facilities, amenities or features that you think would help improve the visitor experience across an expanded Gallery?

3. The entrance plaza will be a vibrant new gathering place for the city. It will be a weatherproof outdoor space accessible to the public 24/7. What uses should the new plaza best facilitate?

4. A two-acre art garden will link the existing and new buildings through sculpture, installations and landscaping. What key elements should feature in this open public space?

5. Are there any other suggestions that you have to help contribute to the expansion and transformation of the Gallery?

Contact the Gallery

You can also provide your feedback directly to the Gallery:

Select Sydney Modern Project under ‘area of enquiry’ on the Gallery’s contact form


Sydney Modern Project Team
Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery Road
The Domain, Sydney NSW 2000

Submission of the development application

The Gallery will be submitting a State Significant Development Application to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for the expansion of the Art Gallery of NSW at the end of 2017.

The Department will publicly exhibit the development application for community feedback. All submissions received by the Department will be considered as part of its assessment of the development application.

There will continue to be further opportunities to be part of the conversation as the project progresses.