Council looks to improve gallery

COUNCILLORS will consider a $250,000 vital upgrade for Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) when they come together at Wednesday night’s monthly meeting.

In a report to council, director of cultural and community services, Alan Cattermole, said insulating and lining certain walls and the ceiling would ensure the facility meets best industry practice and can secure major works from large museums.

An upgrade to BRAG was completed in April, however it has highlighted “serious limitations in the original 1990 structure” of the building, Mr Cattermole said.

This has resulted in severe condensation issues in sections of the gallery.

Mr Cattermole noted that the whole of the recent Nicole Welch exhibition and two works from another exhibition had to be removed for 10 days to protect them from water damage.

Mr Cattermole recommends council allocate $250,000 in the 2017/18 Operating Plan from loans to insulate and line the walls and ceiling.

He also said council should seek grants to assist with the project and utilise the utility consumption savings from recent upgrades to service the loans.

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