Sarah & Baillieu Myer Education Pavilion and Graham Family Terrace
This major extension to McClelland’s modernist gallery has been generously supported by Mrs. Sarah Myer and Mr. Baillieu Myer AC, the Sidney Myer Fund, the Yulgibar Foundation, the Graham Family, and The Hugh Williamson Foundation. The project was realised through the vision and commitment of Maudie Palmer AO.
Designed by highly acclaimed Kerstin Thompson Architects, this purpose-built and elegantly proportioned space complements the architecturally significant Gallery, and allows McClelland to expand its exciting education programs, as well as corporate events and private functions. The adjoining Graham Family Terrace is a grass-covered outdoor space with views over the park and McClelland’s unique collection of sculptures.
Boasting 156 square meters, the Pavilion features 3.6-metre high ceilings with glass doors offering stunning vistas of the Sculpture Park’s natural amphitheatre. It is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, shower and toilets, and accommodates bespoke catered events for up to 120 people. A first in Victoria for a medium sized museum, the building also includes a 27.6kWp PV solar power system consisting of 91 panels with micro-inverter technology which significantly offsets the venue’s energy use into the future.
McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery has a long history of education, offering a unique setting that appeals to the inquisitive and adventurous nature of children and adults alike. By tapping into this curious nature we provide stimulating ways to engage with contemporary art that are enhanced by our bushland setting.
The Sarah & Baillieu Myer Education Pavilion provides a fluid and sympathetic link between the internal spaces of the Gallery and the environmentally significant landscape of the Sculpture Park. This enables workshops, performances and functions to extend into the open air in response to weather, event type and use, and maximises the opportunities for outdoor learning and events.
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