Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery
Project status: Completed
The new Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery opened in October 2013 to provide library services and resources throughout the Gascoyne.
The $5.6 million upgrade, refurbishment and conversion of the old squash courts building in Carnarvon into the Library and Art Gallery was made possible with $4.64 million of Royalties for Regions funding and support from the Shire of Carnarvon.
The building is now an educational, social and cultural hub for residents and incorporates offices, a meeting room and areas dedicated to children and adults. The inclusion of the art gallery also creates excellent opportunities for tourism and cultural development.
The gallery space has been designed to accommodate both local and touring exhibitions and its first exhibition included winning pieces from the Gascoyne Biennial Art Show over the past 30 years.
The façade of the building reflects a style associated with Dutch painter Piet Mondrian with bold colours and geometric shapes.
The Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery was a priority project as part of the Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan with funding from:
- Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan - $2.357million
- Country Local Government Fund - $0.519million
- Gascoyne Regional Grants Scheme -$1.768million
The Shire of Carnarvon provided the remaining $979,000 to the project.
The facilities will provide library services throughout the Gascoyne to the shires of Exmouth, Upper Gascoyne, Shark Bay and Carnarvon.