Where Art Meets Nature: Australia’s first Environmental Art Gallery is coming to Halls Gap

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Where Art Meets Nature: Australia’s first Environmental Art Gallery is coming to Halls Gap

Joshua Dykgraaf's artwork titled Gang-Gang
Words by Staff Writer

The state-of-the-art art gallery and botanical precinct will take over a 16-hectare site near the Grampians (Gariwerd).

Australia is about to witness the birth of its inaugural dedicated art and environment precinct, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Halls Gap. Spearheaded by the Allan Labor Government, this pioneering venture aims to establish a national hub for environmental art while championing artists from across the continent.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Steve Dimopoulos, unveiled the commencement of construction on Australia’s National Centre for Environmental Art. Nestled on a sprawling 16-hectare expanse near the Grampians (Gariwerd), this ambitious project promises to redefine the intersection of art and nature.

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Dubbed the Where Art Meets Nature (WAMA) precinct, the development will boast a cutting-edge, climate-controlled art gallery, accompanied by a café, retail space, and a multipurpose room tailored for workshops and events. Embracing the symbiosis between art, science, and the environment, the gallery will play host to artist workshops and educational sessions, inviting both locals and tourists to immerse themselves in its offerings.

Expect to be captivated by major exhibitions inspired by the natural world, featuring artwork sourced from leading galleries across Australia and beyond. But WAMA isn’t just about indoor marvels; it’s also a celebration of the great outdoors. The precinct will encompass restored native bushlands and meticulously landscaped botanic gardens, complete with meandering paths, informative signage, and tranquil gathering spots, all made possible through generous investments from the Labour Government.

With over 13 jobs created during the construction phase and a commitment to sourcing materials locally, WAMA is not just an artistic endeavour; it’s a boon for the Victorian economy.

“We’re proud to support the construction of this visionary project, which will showcase the spectacular natural surroundings of the Grampians and entice art lovers and nature enthusiasts from far and wide,” Minister Steve Dimopoulos said. “We’re backing unique cultural experiences like the WAMA project across the state because they attract visitors to the regions and support local businesses and jobs.”

Anticipate the grand opening of WAMA to the public in early 2025, promising an unforgettable fusion of art and nature. Keep up with the latest updates here