At its Council meeting of 12 July 2021, Greater Dandenong City Council endorsed in principle a new name for the building located at 5 Mason Street, Dandenong (the site of the old Masonic Hall), which is currently being redeveloped into a new contemporary art gallery for the region.
Council is proposing to name the gallery ‘Dandenong New Art’ which could colloquially be known as ‘DNA’. The new gallery will deliver state-of-the-art exhibition space, program facilities, office space and area for a future café or retail offer.
This architectural landmark has been redesigned to welcome the community in and make contemporary art accessible, showcasing creativity as part of the region’s DNA.
Underpinning the curated program will be professional development opportunities for local artists and educational and creative workshops for the local community. Poised as a new cultural destination in Melbourne, this gallery will serve the local population, attract visitors from outside the area and generate a creative energy that will bring many benefits.
As a key feature of Greater Dandenong, this new gallery will cement arts and creativity as a key part of the city’s DNA both in its physical position and in its service and linkages to the community.
This consultation has now closed.