The Greater Dandenong Gallery of Art Redevelopment proposal for the existing 1920s Masonic Hall at 5 Mason Street is an exciting new initiative celebrating art and culture in Greater Dandenong.
Refurbishments and extensions will create the Greater Dandenong Gallery of Art – a new centre with facilities for Australian touring art exhibitions, curation space for emerging and professional artists, and community spaces for creative activities and community gatherings.
As the Masonic Hall is a significant heritage building, concept designs for the Gallery of Art respect the importance of the Masonic Hall while introducing a contemporary art space.
The Gallery of Art will consolidate central Dandenong’s growing reputation for arts participation and expression, and will allow for a significant expansion of the Walker Street Gallery’s visual arts programs, building on its current 16,000 annual visitors.
The gallery will include:
- State-of-the-art exhibition spaces fortouring and local artists
- Community, creative and workshop spaces
- Cafe and retail opportunities
- Active outdoor spaces along Halpin Way and Mason Street
- New and engaging public art
The redevelopment offers a unique opportunity to contribute to one of the city’s significant public cultural assets for those interested in making a difference for this and future generations in Greater Dandenong and beyond.
Stage 1 – Roof Restoration
Council allocated funds in its 2018-2019 budget to repair the existing Masonic Hall roof. Works were completed in early 2019.
Stage 2 - Demolition and Construction
- Early August 2020 – Construction commences
- Mid 2021 – Construction anticipated to be completed
The City of Greater Dandenong have appointed Harris HMC as building contractors to deliver the new Greater Dandenong Gallery of Art. Formed in 1984, Harris HMC is a Melbourne based, family owned and operated construction company with extensive experience in both delivering quality contemporary buildings and completing sensitive heritage refurbishments.
The tender specifications have also required the successful contractor to use a quota of local suppliers and employees throughout the build process, further supporting Council’s commitment to driving economic growth in our city.
Refurbish existing heritage Masonic Hall including adaptive reuses to gallery purpose/functions with addition to south side (Halpin Way) to include additional gallery space, lift, stairs, amenities and informal community gallery space, plus additional storage area to north side (Freemasons Lane) over two levels.