An international competition for a landmark contemporary art gallery in Adelaide will launch in October
The two-stage contest, organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants, will select a team for the Adelaide Contemporary, an offshoot of the city’s world-famous Art Gallery of South Australia.
The estimated £150 million project will create a landmark destination for contemporary art on the city’s North Terrace boulevard, close to the parent gallery and botanic gardens.
South Australia’s minister for the arts, Jay Weatherill, said: ‘To have an inspiring arts and cultural landmark will not only enliven public spaces and draw people into the Botanic Garden and Parklands; it will help build confidence in our ability to be a global innovator in this space.
‘Adelaide Contemporary will consolidate our reputation as an arts and cultural leader and generate a significant boost to local jobs, tourism and the economy.’
Competition director Malcolm Reading added: ‘Preparations for the two-stage open competition are well-advanced and this promises to be a key project for the city.
‘Poised between the Southern Ocean and the Outback, Adelaide is one of the most fascinating cities in Australia, and Adelaide Contemporary will be a new cultural and tourist drawcard for the city and South Australia.
‘We will be looking for architects with outstanding creativity and connection with the project and will warmly welcome both global and Australian designers.’
The project aims to deliver an ‘accessible community meeting place’ and international destination focusing on art, education, nature and people.
The new building will be constructed on the site of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital, which is on the traditional lands of the region’s indigenous Kaurna people.
The surrounding area is considered rich in Kaurna heritage, and the competition brief encourages the participation of local producers, entrepreneurs and businesses.
Six shortlisted teams will be invited to develop concept designs following an initial open call for expressions of interest.
Stage two bidders will receive a ‘generous honorarium’ and will need to include an Australian-registered architect in their teams.
The jury will be chaired by Australian arts supremo Michael Lynch.
How to register
Malcolm Reading Consultants
8 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Tel: + 44 (0)207 831 2998