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14 June 2017 15:00

Art Gallery of Ballarat to undergo flooring works

A change to the floor coverings of the Powell, Ritchie and Oliver Family rooms

 

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is set to undergo maintenance works this month to replace ageing floors.

The maintenance work undertaken by the City of Ballarat will see a change to the floor coverings of the Powell, Ritchie and Oliver Family rooms of the Gallery.

The work will involve the removal of vinyl flooring from the Powell room, and carpet from the Ritchie and Oliver rooms. The concrete floors of all three rooms will then be polished to bring them into line with the adjoining Williamson Gallery, which opened in 2001.

Works will commence on Tuesday 13 June, and is expected to last three weeks. During this time some of the upstairs rooms will be closed to the public, and for a short period there will be no disability access to the second floor. 

Gallery Director Gordon Morrison said polishing the floors was necessary for practical, financial and aesthetic considerations.

 “The carpet in the Ritchie is old and tired, dating back to 1988. It has suffered wear and water damage and desperately needs replacing,” he said.

“Furthermore, having carpets in museums and art galleries is not good practice as it can harbour mould and other pests that endanger works of art, and it is difficult to move heavy objects over it.

“The decision to polish the concrete will not only make the rooms feel more like contemporary gallery spaces, it is also a cost-effective choice, as it avoids replacing the carpet and vinyl coverings ever again.

“While every effort will be made to minimise noise and disruption, it is inevitable that the enjoyment of the Gallery by some of our visitors will be adversely affected.”

The work will be undertaken by local contractor Craftsman Flooring. The Powell and Ritchie rooms are part of the Bones’ Buildings extension to the Gallery that opened in 1988.


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